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 perineal skin — the skin between the vaginal opening and the rectum and the tissue directly beneath the skin. You might experience some mild pain or stinging during urination. These tears might or might not require stitches and typically heal within a few weeks.

Oct. 11, 2019