A note on Obstetric Fistula-

Obstetric Fistula- A condition that I didn’t know existed until recently when I took the SRHR course and here is something small that I felt like sharing.

It means Abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina or between the rectum and vagina.

An Obstetric Fistula- develops during labor and birth when the infant’s head decends into the maternal pelvis- mainly because the child is too big.

The main cause is prolonged and obstructed labor and another reason why women are still more vulnerable as compared to men.

The contributing factors includes; poverty, a low status of women, childhood malnutrition and disease which restricts pelvic growth, an early age of first pregnancy, poor education regarding maternal health, lack of access to facilities that offer cesarean section; and lack of transportation to a hospital in case of an obstetrical emergency.

The signs and symptoms of Obstetric Fistula- includes among others, continuous leakage of stool/ urine, offensive smell, recurrent vaginal infections.

And the effects includes, resentment,stigma, infections, among others.

Obstetric Fistula- is common among poor people in the rural areas and most cases are not reported and the victims are left to suffer for years. Some Victims are also not aware about the existence of the condition as some view it as a curse or something..

It is up to us to spread awareness about Obstetric Fistula- and together we can not only help in treating the victims but making an end to it by avoiding things like early marriages, use of traditional birth attendants …to mention but a few .

Thanks for reading, until next Monday .

But please don’t forget to read more about Obstetric Fistula- Knowledge is key.


Nancy Ongom

I am Nancy Ongom a lawyer from Uganda and so passionate about Human Rights, SRHR ( sexual Reproductive Health and Rights) issues and generally change making. Making a simple effort everyday to create positive change in people's lives. I love to write and inspire people on my blog @nancy Ongom, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. To be updated... For now letswrite.

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