Curious about what Obstetric Fistula is all about?
Here are the lists of most frequently asked questions.
Obstetric fistula is a medical condition in which a hole develops in the birth canal as a result of childbirth. This can be between the vagina and rectum, ureter, or bladder. It can result in incontinence of urine or feces.
An obstetric fistula MOST often develops during labor and birth when the infant’s head descends into the maternal pelvis and cannot pass through,
– Woman’s pelvis is too small or poorly developed
– Infant is to big or is poorly positioned (malpresentation
Yes there are estimates of over one million women suffering with obstetric fistula
- Poverty, illiteracy and lack of education
about reproductive health, including family
planning, nutrition and safe maternity care
- Status of women and gender discrimination
- Harmful traditional practices including
female genital mutilation
- Sexual violence
• Depression and anxiety
• Social isolation
>50% of women with obstetric fistula have been
abandoned by their husbands
• Depression and grief related to infertility
• Inability to work