Research Article

How women view postepisiotomy pain.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: (Published 23 January 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:243
  1. A E Reading,
  2. C M Sledmere,
  3. D N Cox,
  4. S Campbell


    Episiotomy is one of the most commonly performed operative procedures and yet little information is available on the subjective reactions in the puerperium to this procedure. The present study was designed to furnish information on the attitudes of patients, levels of pain, and of course recovery by studying a consecutive series of 101 Caucasian primiparea who received episiotomies at delivery. Women were interviewed within 24 hours of delivery and then, at three months after delivery, completed a questionnaire. The high level of pain experienced was noteworthy. Labour pain and episiotomy pain were uncorrelated, indicating the importance of distinguishing between them. Several women were experiencing problems at the three-month follow-up, with some attributing these to the episiotomy repair. The data are presented in the framework of providing women in the postpartum period with systematic information on the nature of postepisiotomy pain and subsequent recovery to facilitate their adjustment.