- Women’s risk for interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) is no greater after cesarean delivery vs vaginal delivery.
Why this matters
- Many patients with IC/PBS have had pelvic surgery, and cesarean delivery is one of the most common pelvic surgeries in women, say researchers.
- Researchers examined the health records of women who gave birth through cesarean delivery or vaginal delivery (n=79,108), comparing their IC/PBS HRs both with and without matching for confounding factors.
- Primary outcome: incidence of IC/PBS.
- Funding: Feng Yuan Hospital; Ministry of Health and Welfare; Central Taiwan University.
- HRs for vaginal and cesarean deliveries in both the matched and unmatched groups were not significantly different (HR, 1.370 and 0.725, respectively).
- Incidence of IC/PBS was not significantly different in women with vaginal and cesarean deliveries (0.310), women with no history of delivery (0.255), and the general female population (0.292) per 1000 person-years (P=.549).
The study was retrospective.