Many women are afraid to have a child through the normal birthing process, fearing their vaginas might not contract to its original size afterwards. And their fears are not unfounded.

“After a while (following childbirth), the vagina will contract significantly, but not necessarily to what it was before,” says Professor Horace Fletcher, gynaecologist and obstetrician at the University Hospital of the West Indies. “However, it will go back down so much that the change may not be noticeable.”

It is for this reason that several women are choosing to do Caesarian sections. According to Fletcher, in countries like Brazil, the Caesarian rate is very high with some 70 per cent or so of women opting to do the procedure in order to avoid the stretching of their vaginas.

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