Canadian researchers are suggesting that having an abortion increases the risk of complications in future pregnancies. They said that during labour there is risk and this is influenced by the number of terminations undergone previously.
Researchers reviewed 37 case studies and found that women who had undergone more than one abortion had a 72% risk of delivering a low birth weight baby and a 92% risk of delivering prematurely.
This study highlights the need to assess and improve techniques in order to make termination of pregnancy safer for women," commented Professor Philip Steer, editor-in-chief of BJOG. "There is no question that ToP remains an essential part of women's healthcare. However, it is important to evaluate the risks and benefits of different techniques in order to ensure safe procedures and healthy future pregnancies for women."
The details of the study appear in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.