Abortions raise risk of premature births next time
Women who abort their first pregnancy are at significantly greater risk of having subsequent premature births a study has found.Previous studies suggested that multiple abortions could result in complications in future pregnancies, but a new paper suggests that the risk after one termination is just as great.
Researchers from Aberdeen University studied the health data of more than 600,000 Scottish women whose second pregnancy came after either an induced abortion, a live birth or a miscarriage.
Speaking at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen, Prof Siladitya Bhattacharya said: “We found that women who had had a previous induced abortion had a higher risk of a spontaneous pre–term birth in their next ongoing pregnancy, compared with women who had never been pregnant before.”
“Abortion is common; most people know somebody who has undergone an abortion. The statistics for Scotland are compelling. In the last five years, 12 to 13,000 women have had abortions every year, and 40% of those are women under the age of 25.
Women who aborted their first pregnancy were 37 per cent more likely to have a subsequent premature birth than those in their first pregnancy, the study found.
However, they were 15 per cent less likely to have a subsequent pre–term birth than women who had previously suffered a miscarriage, according to the paper, which was published in the BMJ Open journal last month.
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