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Tubal infertility in relation to prior induced abortion

Tubal infertility in relation to prior induced abortion

Fertility and Sterility 43(3): 389-394

127 women who had been given diagnoses of tubal infertility between 1979-81 in King County, Washington, yet previously had been pregnant, were interviewed to determine their prior history of legally induced abortion. Their responses were compared with those of 395 women who had conceived a child at the same time the infertile women began their unsuccessful attempt to become pregnant. In making the comparison, the authors adjusted for the effects of variables that in this population were related to both having an induced abortion and to the occurrence of infertility; i.e., age, number of prior pregnancies, number of sexual partners, cigarette smoking habits, Dalkon Shield (A.H. Robins Co., Richmond, Virginia) use, and whether the woman worked outside the home. The risk of tubal infertility in women who had had an induced abortion was not increased above that of other women (relative risk, 1.15; 95% confidence interval, 0.70-1.89). For women with 2 or more abortions, the relative risk was 1.29 (95% confidence interval, 0.39-4.20). When only the most recent pregnancy was considered, the relative risk was 1.19 (95% confidence interval, 0.72-1.97). Results suggest that that abortion, as performed during the past decade in the U.S., does not carry an excess risk for risk tubal infertility.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0015-0282(16)48437-2

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