- Late abortion may have a small but significant risk for preterm birth and perinatal death in future pregnancy.
Why this matters
- Contraception or abortion at an earlier gestational age may prevent some perinatal risks.
- Increased antepartum surveillance with history of late abortion may be warranted.
- Compared with women with abortion
- After adjustment for variables, risk for extremely preterm birth was higher in women with abortion ≥12 weeks compared with women with abortion
- OR, 2.28 (95% CI, 1.53-3.39).
- Retrospective registry-based cohort study.
- Cohort identified from the Finnish Medical Birth Register and the Abortion Register.
- First-time mothers with singleton births between 1996 and 2013 were identified.
- Those with prior abortion
- Logistic regression analysis was used to estimate the risk for birth outcomes including preterm birth, low birth weight, and perinatal death.
- Funding: The Finnish Cultural Foundation.
- Method of abortion not considered.
- Studied outcomes are rare.