Does C-section Delivery Reduce the Risk of Incontinence?
Many women may think that choosing C-section as a method of delivery can prevent many undesirable effects of natural childbirth. Is it true?
Pregnancy, regardless of the method of delivery, can cause a huge strain on the pelvic floor muscles that can lead to incontinence later in life. Many studies have shown that the risks of developing urinary incontinence (leak) from natural delivery and C-section delivery to be the same. C-section delivery is said to offer no more protection against incontinence than normal childbirth.
It is important to understand that the stress on the pelvic floor comes from the 9-month pregnancy period itself. During pregnancy, on top of supporting the pelvic organs and back, the pelvic floor absorbs and supports the weight of the growing baby. By the end of the 9 months, the pelvic floor is strained like a rubber band that has been stretched for 9 consecutive months. This prolonged stress on the pelvic floor is the reason women experience a loss of bladder control and a drop in the quality of their sexual experience, among other pelvic functions.
Some people also believe that one of the benefits of C-section delivery is that the vaginal tone and tightness will not be affected because there is no push and tear during the process. You may read more about that here.