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Women's injuries during delivery often go undiagnosed

A series of recent studies found that women often suffer serious injuries after giving birth and rarely receive the medical attention they require. Giving birth to a child is a wondrous experience, but it is also incredibly brutal and hard on women's bodies. Unfortunately, many women's injuries go undiagnosed, sometimes for years, after giving birth.

A study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that 24 percent of women experienced pain during sex even after over a year had passed since birth. Another study found that 49 percent of women experienced urinary incontinence and a further 77 percent dealt with persistent back pain. Finally, consider that these injuries are not limited to vaginal births, a 2014 study found similar degrees of pelvic injuries between vaginal and cesarean deliveries.

Many women do not realize that their OB-GYN is not trained to identify pelvic fractures and muscle tears, common injuries after childbirth. OB-GYN training, understandably, focuses on addressing life-threatening complications like infections and hemorrhages.

Moreover, childbirth, incontinence, and post-partum problems are taboo topics for many American women. It 's hard for many women to come forward and discuss their post-delivery health, out of fear they are accepting responsibility for a failure on their part. Moreover, many women are unable to properly express the pain that they feel and are incapable of articulating the source of their problems. The nature of medical treatment does not allow doctors the necessary time to tease out the exact cause of the pain, therefore, many doctors associate it with normal soreness after birth.

If your doctor failed to diagnose your post-partum injuries, then you may want to speak with an attorney. These injuries, while real, are not necessarily a priority for many doctors. But, just because it isn't a priority, does not mean that your injuries and your worsened condition mean any less. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to pay for the medical treatment to help you get your life back on track.

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