Slide show: Vaginal tears in childbirth
Illustration of a first-degree vaginal tear
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First-degree tears are the least severe, involving only the skin around the vaginal opening or perineal skin. Although you might experience some mild burning or stinging with urination, first-degrees tears aren't severely painful and heal within a few weeks. They may or may not require stitches.

To ease any discomfort during urination, use a squeeze bottle to pour warm water over your vulva as you're passing urine.

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