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How does an obstetric fistula affect the body?

An obstetric fistula affects the body by creating an abnormal opening in your birth canal that connects your vagina to your rectum and large intestine. The opening allows pus, feces, and gas to pass through your vagina. You may also experience pain and irritation inside your vulva and vagina. Irritation and soreness between your anus and vagina and pain while having sex may occur as well. If left untreated, an obstetric fistula can also cause nerve damage to a person's legs and feet.

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