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Incontinence Due to Forceps and Vacuum Extraction Births

Monday, 17 November 2008 20:18

The relative risk of new mothers developing persistent urinary incontinence was 2.8 at one year following forceps delivery and 0.8 following vacuum delivery, compared with the risk of incontinence following spontaneous delivery, according to a study of 315 women. Of the group, 150 had spontaneous delivery, 90 had forceps assistance, and 75 had vacuum extraction. The rate of incontinence at two weeks postpartum was 13.3% in the vaginal delivery and vacuum extraction groups and 12.2% in the forceps group. The rate at three months postpartum was 6.8% and 6.7% in the vaginal and vacuum groups, respectively, and 12.5% in the forceps group. The trend continued for one year postpartum, with 3.7% in the spontaneous vaginal group and 2.8% in the vacuum group, compared with 9.8% in the forceps group.

— OB/GYN News, April 15, 2001