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What is a perineal tear and how do I prevent it?

The perineum is the area between your vagina and anus (back passage or bottom). Many women experience a tear of their perineum during childbirth.

How to prevent a perineal tear

This factsheet explains how to massage your perineum in the weeks leading up to delivery to reduce the risk of it tearing.

On the next page: Healing after a perineal tear

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