Facts of life: Pregnancy itself ups your pelvic-disorder risks.
Pop-music diva Christina Aguilera says she chose to have a cesarean section because she didn’t want any vaginal tears (or other surprises). It’s true that a vaginal delivery doubles the chance of having a pelvic-floor disorder. But lots of women deliver vaginally and don’t have pelvic-floor problems.
And C-sections don’t necessarily prevent them; pregnancy itself is a contributor, says Stephanie Gordon, MD, founder of The Women’s Center in Atlanta and an expert on gyno procedures. C-sections also up the risks of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and scarring. Plus, it takes longer to recover from a C-section than a vaginal birth. Discuss the pros and cons with your doc.