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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Feb;204(2):122.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2010.09.029. Epub 2010 Nov 11.

Adverse childhood experiences and repeat induced abortion.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, USA. maria.bleil@ucsf.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the study was to characterize the backgrounds of women who have repeat abortions.

STUDY DESIGN:

In a cross-sectional study of 259 women (mean age, 35.2 ± 5.6 years), the relation between adverse experiences in childhood and risk of having 2 or more abortions vs 0 or 1 abortion was examined. Self-reported adverse events occurring between the ages of 0 and 12 years were summed.

RESULTS:

Independent of confounding factors, women who experienced more abuse, personal safety, and total adverse events in childhood were more likely to have 2 or more abortions vs 0 abortions (odds ratio [OR], 2.56; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.15-5.71; OR, 2.74; 95% CI, 1.29-5.82; and OR, 1.59; 95% CI, 1.21-2.09, respectively) and vs 1 abortion (OR, 5.83; 95% CI, 1.71-19.89; OR, 2.23; 95% CI, 1.03-4.81; and OR, 1.37; 95% CI, 1.04-1.81, respectively). Women who experienced more family disruption events in childhood were more likely to have 2 or more abortions vs 0 abortions (OR, 1.75; 95% CI, 1.14-2.69) but not vs 1 abortion (OR, 1.16; 95% CI, 0.79-1.70).

CONCLUSION:

Women who have repeat abortions are more likely to have experienced childhood adversity than those having 0 or 1 abortion.

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21074137
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PMCID:
PMC3032830
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