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Comment: Do you know anything about the so-called "husband stitch" given
to women following an episiotomy? Supposedly, it's an extra stitch used to
sew up the tear that's for her partner's benefit, by making her "tighter."

All I've found while googling is from message boards and what not, either
feminists speaking out against the practice or men bragging about how
their wife got one. So does this actually happen? Do doctors sew up women
tighter than they were before, in order for sex to be more enjoyable for
the husband?

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My hubby joked about this with the doc after DS was born. But after thinking about it, it's not just the external that is looser but more the internal muscle structure that has been weakened and stretched. And any docter that would do that at the hubby's request is just setting themselves up for a malpractice suit, and OB/GYN's are already having to be super careful and pay more and more in insurance, seems pretty unlikely to me.

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*de-lurk*

I've heard of such things - not in terms that they do it purposefully, but that the practitioners used to endorse the benefits of episiotomies in terms of "restoring wives to like-virginal condition". That's probably where the idea got started, or so I'd guess. I am against them, myself, but only for the fact that there's not a lot of proof that they do what they're supposed to do, and there is in fact evidence to suggest that they actually make vaginal tearing worse than it usually is.

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I've heard it called the husband's knot.

This article refers to it from a first-person perspective.
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I was given a "husband's knot," an extra little stitch in the perineum to make me "a little tighter" than before. (Our sex life was impaired for the next eight months due to this absurdity.)
Besides, what are we who didn't have episiotomies supposed to do?

Eve "I don't really want or need an answer" MG

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I was cut very deeply when I had my DD - in fact, he cut twice (not 2 different ones - cut once, then cut again to make it deeper). I had internal and external stitches and I did end up a little tighter than I was before, but I know it wasn't intentional.
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quote:
Originally posted by Eve MG:
I've heard it called the husband's knot.

This article refers to it from a first-person perspective.
quote:
I was given a "husband's knot," an extra little stitch in the perineum to make me "a little tighter" than before. (Our sex life was impaired for the next eight months due to this absurdity.)
Besides, what are we who didn't have episiotomies supposed to do?

Eve "I don't really want or need an answer" MG

I once read that the "husband's knot" was INTERNAL and the drs would do it if wife OR husband requested...I'm gonna have to look for that source. [fish]

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