I had the cut 1st time as I had assisted delivery. It was yucky, used ice on condoms for the pain for about 3 days, took about 2 week to heal. Hurt like hell everytime I had to pee. Sex hurt for almost a year.
Second time I had a tear the same length, but much less stiches, healed heaps quicker in days, no ice needed.
for bub #2 did heaps of redaing on epsiotimy, and I will NEVER consent to it, in fact I stipulated that I would rather tear than be cut. All the research shows tears heal quicker, are less painfull, go through less layers of tissue and less severe in nearly all cases than a cut (which can still also tear). And not all tears need stiches.
Brissie mum 5 & 2 y.o munchkins & 1 due