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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Leave the Uteri Alone

Consumer Reports listed cesarean sections as one of the top 10 most overused medical procedures in the United States. They cite that most common reason for c-sections is slowed labor. There is just once sentence that mentions that there are other interventions that can help speed labor and therefore divert a c-section.

I find this interesting given that not too long ago hysterectomy was one of the most overused surgical procedures in the US. Why is it that the female anatomy is the target of unnecessary treatment in many cases?

Consumer Reports is not likely going to elaborate, as they are just providing basic information. But the last statement makes it sound like there are medical interventions that are so much safer. It completely neglects that many of the interventions CR eludes to can increase the woman's chance of having a c-section. I'm wondering if there is a more detailed article for subscribers of CR, and if so, what does it say?

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