Episiotomy meaning, synonyms, antonyms, translation, and use cases


In today’s word for the day, we will be giving you highlight on the meaning of episiotomy, its synonyms, antonyms, translation, and use cases.


Episiotomy is a little incision (cut) effected in the tissue located in between the vaginal opening and the anus, this incision is necessitated during childbirth. There was a time when an episiotomy would have been considered a routine part of childbirth, but due to some complications, this practice is no longer the case in much practice in our current day childbirth.

An episiotomy also considered as a minor surgical procedure performed during childbirth, this surgical procedure involves making a small incision in the perineum, (which is the area that lies in between the vaginal opening and the anus) so as to make the vagina opening even wide an aid greatly during childbirth.

Episiotomy are of various types, however the major most commonly known types of episiotomy are; J-shaped episiotomy, lateral episiotomy, median episiotomy, mediolateral episiotomy.



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Many languages have its pronunciation for this word, but here we will take a look at some of the ways some world languages pronounce it.

French: Épisiotomie

Romanian: Epiziotomie

Russian: Эпизиотомия (Epiziotomiya)

Punjabi: ਐਪੀਸੀਓਟੋਮੀ (Aipīsī’ōṭōmī)

Japanese: 会陰切開 (Kaiinsekkai)

Hungarian: Hungarian

Swedish: Episiotomi

Chinese: 会阴切开术 (Huìyīn qiē kāi shù)

Hebrew: אפיזיוטומיה


Use cases

  • Some childbirth facilities have a policy of routine episiotomy.
  • One study suggests application of lavender essential oil instead of povidone-iodine for episiotomy wound care.
  • Risk factors include prolonged labour, difficult instrumental delivery and paramedian episiotomy.


Frequently Asked Questions

Which is preferable episiotomy or tearing?

Episiotomy, though having been considered a routine part of childbirth in previous time has its natural side effects that have led to the reduction of fame. Beside, over the years research has shown that so many women seen to be far more relaxed with natural tearing than they are when it comes to episiotomy; this is so because tearing comes with far less risk of infection, perineal pain and incontinence as well as blood loss (Though the risk of blood loss and infection is still an issue with regards to natural tears) plus it is also faster to heal.

Does episiotomy make you become tighter?

The floor of the pelvic muscles gets to elongate during pregnancy and upon childbirth this pelvic muscles starts to stretch, but after the process of childbirth, the pelvic muscles soon begins to tighten up in response to its nature. However, an episiotomy only increases the tension, plus pressure and inflammation mounted on the area.

How long does it take to heal after having an episiotomy?

Incisions gotten during episiotomy are usually stitched up in about an hour of the birth of a child, even though at the first instance, the cut may probably still bleed quite a lot, under normal circumstance the bleeding should stop with pressure and stitches. Within a month or two of birth, the stitching should have healed greatly but it is very important to talk to your doctor about the kind of activities you should be getting involved with and those you should keep away from during the period of healing.

How long after episiotomy can I shower?

After you have had an episiotomy during child birth, you are free to shower at anytime; however, it is very important to avoid strenuous work during the period of your first six weeks of delivery.

How to dry up after bathing after having an episiotomy?

It is of great important that the areas around the stitches are always kept dry and clean. After having a bath, it is recommended to gently dry up the areas that surround the stitches; this can be done using a clean towel (It is not advisable to use toilet paper for the cleaning). Similarly, after urinating, you should spray warm water on the area and dry it up with a clean towel.

What to do if an episiotomy refuses to heal?

There are occasions where the wound refuses to heal well enough due to one or two conditions and thus it chooses to come apart, in such a case, it is important that you consult your doctor as soon as you can to reduce the risk of infection in the open wound. Clearly an operation is probably going to be needed so as to be able to fix this. It is no surprise that most of the women who have had an episiotomy find less pleasure in sexual activities as they are often found complaining of pain in the first few months after episiotomy, but the pain tends to disappear with the healing over a period of time .

Why is episiotomy no longer preferred during childbirth anymore?

As time changes so also does medical opinions, as researcher dig in deep, it becomes clear that

While the method of childbirth might have worked fine for a time, it is greatly responsible for even worse tearing than would probably have occurred during the process of natural childbirth.

Will you need another episiotomy for a second birth?

Possibly not

The fact that you went through an episiotomy for the first pregnancy should not necessarily mean that you would need to go through it again to be able to have a second baby. It is even more likely that your doctor would prefer you have a natural tear for the second time childbirth.

How major a surgery is an episiotomy?

An episiotomy is not a major but a minor surgery for widening the opening of the vagina during childbirth. It is a cut to the perineum (the skin and muscles between the vaginal opening and anus).

What are some of the risks of an episiotomy?

While there are so many complications that have arisen from episiotomy practice over time some appear to be even more delicate and frustrating that others; some of these possible complications within the practice of an episiotomy include: Tearing such that it reaches the level of the rectal tissues, heavy flow of blood following the cut (heavy bleeding) and the swelling of the muscle which controls the passage of stool (anal sphincter muscle.)


Video Explanation of Episiotomy

This video will give you a further explanation of the meaning of the episiotomy.



Episiotomy, although being such that having been considered a routine part of childbirth in time pass, considering modern day research has failed to make it into the new era. The harm it brings with it carries more damage than natural tearing, it is a s result of this side effects that the focus of medicine has slightly turned away from it, to engage in much more safer and better practices for childbirth with lesser negative and long term side effects.



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