International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 631–635

Postpartum urinary incontinence: a comparison of vaginal delivery, elective, and emergent cesarean section

  • Hung-Yen Chin
  • Min-Chi Chen
  • Yu-Hung Liu
  • Kuo-Hwa Wang
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00192-006-0085-y

Cite this article as:
Chin, H., Chen, M., Liu, Y. et al. Int Urogynecol J (2006) 17: 631. doi:10.1007/s00192-006-0085-y

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the impact of delivery on the pelvic floor and whether cesarean section (C/S) can prevent pelvic floor injury. Five hundred thirty nine women were divided into three groups according to the delivery method adopted: elective C/S, emergent C/S, and vaginal delivery. A urinary incontinence questionnaire survey was conducted around 1 year postpartum. Emergent C/S may be a major risk factor for postpartum urinary incontinence and interfere with the benefit of elective C/S for preventing pelvic floor injury. Hence, not all C/S deliveries can reduce the likelihood of postpartum urinary incontinence. The key lies in whether the C/S is performed before labor.

Keywords

Elective cesarean sectionEmergent cesarean sectionVaginal deliveryStress urinary incontinence

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hung-Yen Chin
    • 1
  • Min-Chi Chen
    • 2
  • Yu-Hung Liu
    • 1
  • Kuo-Hwa Wang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyChang Gung Memorial HospitalKeelungR.O.C.
  2. 2.Department of Public Health and Biostatistics Consulting Center, School of MedicineChang Gung UniversityKweishanR.O.C.
  3. 3.Section of Urogynecology, Songshan Armed Forces General Hospital and Department of Biology and AnatomyNational Defense Medical CenterTaipeiR.O.C.