Slide show: Vaginal tears in childbirth
Illustration of a first-degree vaginal tear
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First-degree vaginal tears are the least severe, involving only the skin around the vaginal opening. Although you might experience some mild burning or stinging with urination, first-degrees tears aren't severely painful and heal on their own within a few weeks. To ease any discomfort during urination, pour warm water over your vulva as you're passing urine.

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