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Pelvic Health Childbirth: What Every Woman Needs to Know

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    Magnus Murphy, Carol L. Wasson
Almost every woman who has experienced vaginal childbirth has sustained some damage to her "pelvic floor"--the network of muscles, fascia, and nerves at the base of the pelvis that provides support for the pelvic and intra-abdominal muscles. Although in most women the damage suffered from natural childbirth is mild, an increasingly large proportion of childbearing women are experiencing more serious consequences: continuous urinary and anal incontinence, sexual dysfunction, chronic pelvic pain and sagging, and protruding (prolapsed) pelvic organs, among other symptoms. Since such conditions are embarrassing, women are often reluctant to discuss their discomfort even with physicians and many suffer needlessly by not seeking treatment. This book--the first of its kind--gives women the vital information they need to understand symptoms, find treatment, and weigh their childbirth options. Among the topics discussed are advances in labor and delivery, the politics of childbirth, the anatomy and function of the pelvic floor, the wide range of symptoms resulting from damage to the pelvic floor, types of treatment available, and the option of elective cesarean birth. Complete with a glossary, numerous illustrations, and references for further reading, this highly useful handbook makes an important contribution to women's health.   show more
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