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Epidurals protect key muscles

26th August 2010

Research published in the obstetrics journal BJOG has suggested that having an epidural during labour may protect key muscles and therefore cut the risk of incontinence in later life.

The study of nearly 400 women found more than one in ten women who had vaginal births suffered damage to the "levator" muscles which hold up internal organs. A third of those who had a forceps delivery suffered some muscle trauma while overall women who had the spinal analgesia ran a lower risk of damage.


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Article Information

Title: Epidurals protect key muscles
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 15903
Date Added: 26th Aug 2010


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