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What causes an obstetric fistula?

The main cause for an obstetric fistula is prolonged childbearing difficulty, which softens and may kill the tissues between the vagina and the rectum. When an obstruction occurs during delivery, medical intervention, such as a caesarean section, is not delivered in time. Obstetric fistulas are more common in developing countries such as in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where poverty and undernourishment are more of a prevalent problem than in more developed countries. Obstetric fistulas can also develop in girls who have an underdeveloped pelvis and skeletal system due to poverty and lack of nourishment, and in those who would be considered too young to have children in more developed nations.

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