We conducted an observational longitudinal study. Perineal pain during PFMCs, during several activities of daily living (ADL) and during micturition and defecation was assessed using a VAS scale ranging from 1 to 10. Assessment was repeated twice: first early after delivery (first six days postpartum) and second at nine weeks after giving birth.
A total of 233 women participated (148 primiparous and 85 multiparous). Immediately postpartum, the prevalence and intensity of pain during ADL (73 percent; VAS 4.9), micturition (47 percent; VAS 3.4) and defecation (19 percent; VAS 3.6) were significantly higher than during PFMC (8 percent; VAS 2.2).
At nine weeks after delivery, a third of all women experienced perineal pain during sexual intercourse and 18 percent during defecation, but none during PFMCs.