Q: Good evening Dr, please how many times can a woman do Caesarean Section (CS)? Thanks
A: There’s really no specific number of C-sections that a woman is meant to have (especially in centers with significant technological advancement), though about 3 used to be the mark. Risks increase after the 3rd Caesarian Section. Having said that, the more the number of sections, the more the risks and complications the woman is exposed to. Generally, vaginal deliveries are not usually advised after 3 Caesarian Sections.
Common risks and complications include:
• Weakening of the wall of the uterus wall with risk of uterine rupture!
• Healing after a C-section comes with development of scar tissue which may subsequently cause adhesions as they cause abdominal organs to stick to each other. This may lead to obstruction of the bowel or even block the fallopian tubes, leading to infertility. These adhesions may develop between the uterus and the bladder making it easier to injure the bladder with subsequent C-sections.
• Placental problems may occur in people who have had C-sections as the placenta may be implanted too deeply into the womb or there may be placenta previa. In these instances, removing the placenta presents a challenge and may result in profuse bleeding which requires blood transfusion.
So, e guided by your doctor who has your medical history.
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