Parturition after Vestibulectomy


Lara J. Burrows, MD, MSc, Ob/Gyb, Summa Hospital System, 75 Arch Street, Suite 101, Akron, OH 44304, USA. Tel: +1 330 762 0954; Fax: +1 330 252 0115; E-mail:;


Introduction.  Provoked vestibulodynia is the most common cause of sexual pain in premenopausal women. Vulvar vestibulectomy has been shown to be an effective treatment.

Aim.  To determine the optimum route of parturition in women who become pregnant after vulvar vestibulectomy.

Methods.  All women who underwent a complete vulvar vestibulectomy by one of four surgeons were contacted between 12 and 72 months after surgery. For all women who had a term pregnancy and subsequent delivery, the research assistant abstracted data from the charts. Descriptive statistics were applied.

Main Outcome Measures.  The number of women who underwent a delivery after a vestibulectomy, mode of delivery, and rate of perineal lacerations.

Results.  Of 109 women, 44 (40%) had undergone at least one term pregnancy and delivery; 23 (52%) were vaginal, and 21 (48%) were cesarean deliveries. Of the vaginal deliveries, 11 (48%) were over an intact perineum. Three (13%) women had a midline episiotomy, none of which extended into third or fourth degree lacerations and one woman (4.4%) sustained a spontaneous fourth degree perineal laceration.

Conclusions.  Vaginal delivery after vulvar vestibulectomy appears to be a safe option, with no increased perineal morbidity above the general population. Furthermore, it is not an indication for a cesarean delivery. Burrows LJ, Sloane M, Davis G, Heller DS, Brooks J, and Goldstein AT. Parturition after vestibulectomy. J Sex Med 2011;8:303–305.