Scientists have said that women who have had an abortion are more likely to have a premature birth from subsequent pregnancy than first time mum who had not previously had an abortion.
But, the risk is less than women who have previously experienced a miscarriage.
The findings are a result of the largest population study to date. It found that women who had an abortion were 37% more likely to have a premature birth than those who had never been pregnant. But, they were 15% less likely to have a premature birth than those women who had previously suffered a miscarried.
The study also found that the risk of premature birth after abortion did not increase further for those women who had had more than one abortion.
It was conducted on maternity admissions in Scotland from 1981 – 2007. It surveyed 624,865 women of which 120,033 had had an abortion.
Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors explain that up until now, the potential effect of abortions on subsequent pregnancies has not been entirely clear.
The lead researcher, Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya, says that the 37% statistic includes both surgical and medical abortions. Medical abortions are classed as those in which drugs have been used to induce a termination.
When the two categories were analysed separately, Professor Bhattacharya says that they found the risk of premature birth came almost entirely from surgical abortions.
The reasons for this remains to be fully understood, but could possibly be due to the greater degree of trauma associated with surgical abortions, which could lead to damage to the cervix.
Plus, surgical abortions tend to be carried out at a later date than medical abortions.
Swain & Co. are pleased to see research has been conducted on the effects of abortion as women need to be informed of risks associated with surgical and medical abortions. This might also serve as reasoning to monitor some women’s pregnancies more closely during maternity.
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