I had a 2nd degree perineal (sp?) tear that was unstitched. My tear healed, but it healed apart and not together. I'm 5 wks PP.
I got some sort of infection and went to the GYN, who told me that she can see muscles through my tear and that they could eventually prolapse. I'm going to have to have surgery to repair the tear. I am incredibly bummed.
Wife to an amazing man , mommy to 3 wild dudes: ds1 (5/23/05 @ 30 weeks), ds2 (3/5/09) , and ds3 (9/26/10) . Part time librarian, full time mommy, occasional chef and maid.
I declined sutures (maybe that was a mistake) and within a week (?) the labial tissue that was hanging had either been reabsorbed by my body OR it necrosed and fell off at some point.
BUT then I found out at 10 days PP that I had a retained placental lobe and ended up getting a D&C on day 11.....and which point I told the OB to just go ahead and suture the labia and the perineal tear that I had declined sutures for after the birth.
At 6 weeks PP I can still feel it when I wipe, but it's not bad pain, just sore.
You could still get sutures now but it would probably require a "debris and repair" which midwives don't usually do (OB's do them).
Good luck and try not to worry too much-- the vagina is AMAZING.
In the long run, as Hollin so eloquently put it......
Marilyn, wife to DH 09/02 and mama to my boys, DS1 11/06 and DS2 02/09, and a new one on the way in 06/12!
It's not really a big deal to me. It's not like I'm a hoo haa model or something.
Thanks for all the comments. Now, at almost 3 weeks pp, I have absolutely no pain or soreness, so I am not about to go mess with a good thing and get sutures at this point. I doubt it's a big deal, and will check with my midwife when I go in for our checkup, but I appreciate all the feedback. It's good to know that sutures aren't a surefire way to have the tear heal back together too. It makes me feel better about refusing them!