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Encyclopedia > Lithotomy position

The Lithotomy position is the position of lying on the back with knees bent and elevated above the hips with the thighs apart. The position is often used for women to give birth in, also for anal and vaginal examinations, as well as anal, rectal, and vaginal surgery. It is also common for anal or vaginal sex. Image of a woman on the Pioneer plaque sent to outer space. ... Childbirth (also called labour, birth, partus or parturition) is the culmination of a human pregnancy with the emergence of a newborn infant from its mothers uterus. ... Male Anatomy This article is about the bodily orifice. ... Human female internal reproductive anatomy. ... A typical modern surgical operation For other uses, see Surgery (disambiguation). ... Roman men having anal sex. ... The missionary position is the most commonly used position for sexual intercourse in humans The cowgirl sex position is a position frequently combined with kissing, caressing, and embracing of the paramour. ...


As a birth position, it has been popular in the past with obstetricians as it allows a good view of the birth process. However, the position is not conducive to a smooth labor as it constricts the birth canal, puts pressure on the coccyx, prevents the fetal ejection reflex from occurring and does not allow the woman to move (which reduces the pain of labour). Few birth centres or labour wards in Western countries use the lithotomy position for active labour. The lithotomy position is commonly used for active labor in the United States. This article needs cleanup. ... The coccyx is formed of four fused vertebrae. ...


The origin of the position, and hence the name, was in the earliest method of lithotomy, the surgical removal of a bladder stone, in which an incision was made in the perineum. The patient was placed in this posture to afford the surgeon access. Lithotomy from Greek for lithos (stone) and thomos (cut), is a surgical method for removal of calculi, stones formed inside certain hollow organs, such as the bladder and kidneys (urinary calculus) and gallbladder (gallstones), that cannot exit naturally through the urethra, ureter or biliary duct. ... Kidney stones, also known as nephrolithiasis, urolithiasis or renal calculi, are solid accretions (crystals) of dissolved minerals in urine found inside the kidneys or ureters. ... The muscles of the male perineum In anatomy, the perineum is the region between the genital area and the anus in both sexes. ...


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Lithotomy position - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (243 words)
The position is often used for women to give birth in, also for anal and vaginal examinations, as well as anal, rectal, and vaginal surgery.
However, the position is not conducive to a smooth labor as it constricts the birth canal, puts pressure on the coccyx, prevents the fetal ejection reflex from occurring and does not allow the woman to move (which reduces the pain of labour).
The origin of the position, and hence the name, was in the earliest method of lithotomy, the surgical removal of a bladder stone, in which an incision was made in the perineum.
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