Another Reason to Rethink Tramp Stamps

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I read an article in the Wall Street Journal today on some of the potential problems lower back tattoos, i.e. “tramp stamps” could pose for pregnant women during childbirth. There’s been an ongoing debate that lower back tattoos can pose problems when an epidural is performed, piercing through the tattoo on the way towards the spinal column. There have been stories of inflammation or nerve damage caused by the needle pulling dyed skin with it, possibly releasing small particles containing metals or other toxic compounds. There are already reports of patients suffering from burns and swelling during MRI procedures due to metal fibers such as iron oxide in the tattoo ink. In fact some radiologists are refusing to perform scans on patients who have tattoos.

Portland being a pretty inked city, as recently discussed, made me think about all the younger women who have stamps and who may actually end up pregnant, whether by choice or Ecstasy. I went to Snopes to check out whether this was just another Urban Myth or if there was some truth to the story. The current status is “undetermined.” Some people have had reactions like burning, swelling and tenderness where the epidural catheter had been placed. Others were fine. The overall conclusion was to have the anesthesiologists avoid the tattoo if possible during the procedure. The other option is to skip the bullseye and just get a nice unicorn on your hip that matches the color of your thong.

The photo came from the Urban Dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com which has some other interesting definitions of a tramp stamp. I really like the term “ass antlers.” I hadn’t heard that one before.

5 Comments so far

  1. Setya (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    If the epidural creates a greater risk for the pregant woman, she should be given this information and make an informed decision on whether or not to have one.

    An epidural is a luxury during birh, not a requirement.


  2. Setya (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    If the epidural creates a greater risk for the pregant woman, she should be given this information and make an informed decision on whether or not to have one.

    An epidural is a luxury during birth, not a requirement.


  3. Kai (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    I agree about giving the pregnant woman the information to make an informed choice. They normally tell you other problems that can arise if it’s inserted incorrectly, including headaches and back pain. That being said I wouldn’t call it a luxury. When I had my son I tried to go without, but it was too much especially since he turned out to be 10lbs. and was pressing against my spine during his trip out. Even with the epidural it hurt like hell.


  4. george (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    mythbusters busted that tattoo MRI thing. i bet the epidural scare is another piece of BS.


  5. Kai (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

    George, thanks for the info on Mythbusters. I don’t have cable anymore so haven’t had a chance to check them out for a while.

    I think the epidural thing probably is BS. If anything it might be people who are predetermined to have a reaction from the procedure no matter what. But it is a good myth to tell your daughter or girlfriend if she’s thinking of getting a tattoo in that location.



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