What are adhesions?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
Adhesions are bands of tissue that form in response to injury or infection inside the body. Abdominal surgery (including C-sections and hysterectomies) can create adhesions, which can bind internal organs together or to the pelvic wall. Scars from an episiotomy (an incision in the perineum to enlarge the vagina during childbirth) can also create adhesions. Adhesions can lead to painful sex and may interfere with a woman's ability to have an orgasm.

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