Did anyone else have a vulval hematoma as a result of vaginal delivery? If so, how long did it take for the tenderness to go away?
Mine was treated with surgery to drain the blood, remove the clots and stop the bleeding, and all incisions healed up nicely, but I'm still very tender and sore on the side where I had the hematoma. Four months postpartum and sex is still a grit-my-teeth endeavor. I miss intimacy with my husband!
Also, I've been taking iron supplements since the delivery b/c my hemoglobin levels dropped so low (not so low that a transfusion was mandatory, just offered and declined), and I still find myself bruising like a peach! Does EBF exacerbate the low iron levels?
Related: thank you to all the doctors, nurses and midwives out there who pay attention and respect their patient's frame. My hematoma was discovered in time because a nurse was with me through delivery and beyond and observed that I handled contractions like a champ and was crumpling postpartum. Thank you!
Edit: As you can see I'm struggling to find anyone that has also experienced a (vulval) hematoma! I'll settle for a nurse/midwife/doc that's seen one!
info is scarce...Edited by Cathlin - 5/9/12 at 2:02pm