Obstetric performance following an induced abortion

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Abstract

Abortion has been legalised in most of the Western world for the past four decades. In areas where abortion practices are legal and easy to access, the risk of short-term complications is very low. As most women requesting inducedabortion (IA) are young, potential adverse effects on subsequent reproductive function are important to them. This review investigates obstetricperformancefollowing IA and highlights methodological problems associated with research in this area. Some data suggest that IA may be linked with an increased risk of low birth weight, miscarriage and placenta previa but could be protective for pre-eclampsia. Current evidence also suggests an association between IA and pre-term birth. Large prospective cohort studies, which permit meaningful subgroup analyses, are needed to provide definitive answers on outcomes following alternative methods of IA and the impact of gestational age at abortion on future obstetric outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-682
Number of pages16
JournalBest Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume24
Issue number5
Early online date1 Apr 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • induced abortion
  • abortion complications
  • pre-term birth
  • placenta previa
  • low birth weight
  • miscarriage
  • pre-eclampsia

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