Stitches and Perineal Care

Pain in the area of the episiotomy is caused by swelling of the tissue in the region of the incision. This swelling and discomfort will gradually subside. Your stitches will dissolve in about two to four weeks.

Taking baths for 15-20 minutes, three to four times a day, will promote the healing process and help alleviate some of the discomfort.

Apply anesthetic spray to your stitches as needed. Bowel movements will not harm the stitches, but care should be taken to wipe from front to back after each bowel movement. Each time you use the bathroom, pour warm water over the perineal area and pat the area dry with a soft tissue.