An episiotomy is an incision made between the vagina and rectum during childbirth. After delivery, the physician will stitch the incision together. The stitches will dissolve on their own in about 10 days.
During the first 24 hours of healing, a cloth-covered ice pack should be used to reduce swelling.
To lessen the sting as you urinate, use a squirt bottle filled with warm water, or a water betadine mixture on the vaginal and rectal area. Refill the bottle with clear water and squirt again. (this will dilute the urine and lessen the discomfort). Pat the area front to back or allow to air dry (this will reduce the spread of germs from the rectum into the vaginal areas).
A topical numbing spray, such as Dermoplast may be used for comfort.
Perform Kegel exercise often to increase blood flow to the perineum and promote healing of the incision.