Medical Debate: C-Sections - Should You Choose Video

In this medical video learn how people that have had natural births and they don't enjoy their sex life as much. All reasons more and more women are choosing c-sections. But are they safe.
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Diane Hughes: The need for control. Ashley Hill: Scheduling issues. Diane Hughes: Help at home. Ashley Hill: Sexual dysfunction. Diane Hughes: Fear of pain. Jennifer Matthews: They're all reasons women choose to have a Cesarean section when they don't medically need one. Twenty-four-year-old Katia Varela is one of those women. Katia Varela: I didn't want to have a regular natural birth because of the pain. Jennifer Matthews: OB/GYN Ashley Hill delivered seven babies today -- three of them by C-section. But he doesn't believe a fear of pain should be a deciding factor. Ashley Hill: You can get an epidural at the snap of a finger. Jennifer Matthews: It's the pain after a C-section that OB/GYN Diane Hughes, says some women don't consider. Diane Hughes: Some women have residual pelvic pain for the rest of their lives. Jennifer Matthews: Hillary Jones' pain is gone, but she knows first hand, it's not easy to recover from a Cesarean. Hillary Jones: It was painful. I think it was hard, and fortunately I had a lot of help. Jennifer Matthews: Hillary believes the pain was worth it for peace of mind. She didn't want to risk more serious problems that can happen during natural childbirth. Ashley Hill: A lot of ladies are very afraid of having urinary incontinence or probably what's worse, fecal incontinence. Jennifer Matthews: Another concern is sexual dysfunction. But women who choose a C-section put themselves at higher risk of infection, anesthesia complications, and an increased risk of dangerous bleeding during future pregnancies. These risks make C-sections more expensive. On average, they cost $10,000 to $15,000. A natural birth costs roughly $2,000 to $4,000. One thing both doctors agree on- Diane Hughes: This is major surgery. Ashley Hill: The C-section is a major operation. Jennifer Matthews: And a decision that should not be made lightly. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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