By Megan Deak, November 2, 2021

According to Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, a double board-certified physician in OB-GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine with more than 20 years of experience, the primary cause of obstetric fistulas is from a childbirth injury, usually due to a prolonged and protracted labor. “Due to the absence of timely medical intervention to the injury, a hole develops between the birth canal and the vagina and/or rectum,” Gaither said.

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