It’s sometimes said to be a myth, but the “husband stitch” isn’t an urban legend or a medical practice that went out with the dark ages. Scarily, it’s happening to women after they give birth – often without their consent or knowledge of it. Here are 13 important things you need to know about it.
1. WHAT’S THE “HUSBAND STITCH?”
During labor, doctors usually have to cut into the perineum, which is the skin and muscle located between the vagina and anus, so that a baby will be able to come out of the enlarged vaginal opening. The cut is usually between one and three inches long. This wound gets closed up after labor. So far this all makes sense, right? Well, there’s a hidden agenda going on that’s known as a “husband stitch.”
2. IT’S LITERALLY AN EXTRA STITCH.
Women don’t always know that the doctor has given them an extra stitch to make their vaginas tighter. OMG. That’s what the “husband stitch” is.