Sexual preferences and celebrity pressure prompt all time rise in caesarean births in Brazil.
Brazil is in the throes of a “caesarean epidemic”. The number of babies being born following a caesarean section is at an all time high of 52% – an average based on 40% of state hospital patients and 84% of private ones undergoing the procedure.
Why? Well, sex. “The Brazilian woman is concerned with her sexuality and fears that giving birth will alter the perineum, which is a myth,” the director of the Brazilian Federation of Gynaecological Associations, Vera Fonseca, said.
In the UK, caesareans were always a clinical decision until the law changed in 2013 and patients were allowed to decide whether or not they wanted one.
The rate has crept up – not as dramatically as it has in Brazil – by 0.5% in 2013, with 25.5% of British babies now born following the op.
GP Dr Arun Ghosh, from the Liverpool Spire One clinic, told me: “There’s definitely an element of the ‘too posh to push’ factor coming through. People see it as a bit of a ‘ designer’ choice. But when it comes to your sex life, they’re not always a good choice – in fact, although you’ll retain vaginal tightness, which is great for your partner, there’s nothing about the procedure which is great for you.
“Caesarean sections can actually make vaginal intercourse more painful. There’s a greater risk of surgical scarring around your uterus, and you’re much more vulnerable to infection. There’s also the hormone issue to consider.
– Daisy Buchanan
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