Hormone may protect against pain after childbirth

01/8/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Hormonal changes after childbirth appear to prevent chronic pain, according to a study involving 1,200 women and an associated laboratory study. A year after delivery, 0.3% of women had developed chronic pain, according to the study, which was accompanied by a lab analysis. "These results suggest the surge in oxytocin around childbirth may also speed recovery from the pain caused by childbirth," said Dr. James Eisenach, editor of the journal Anesthesiology.

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