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Dan Med Bull. 1980 Apr;27(2):61-74.

Long-term sequelae following legally induced abortion.



The results of 6 original papers dealing with the sequelae of legally induced abortion are reviewed. This survey is based on 3 different sets of patient materials: all pregnant women living within the district of Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark for a period of 2 years; all pregnant women registered for delivery at the Rigshospitalet and the Frederiksberg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark for the April 1, 1974-December 31, 1975 period; and all women who had delivered at the Maternity Ward YA at the Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark during the April 1, 1967-March 31, 1973 period. The following were among the findings: 1) bleeding before 28 weeks of gestation was more frequent after a legally induced abortion than after a previous delivery as well as among women with no previous pregnancies; 2) retention of placenta or placental tissue was more frequent after a legally induced abortion than among women with no previous pregnancies; 3) an increased risk of delivering an infant of birth weight below 2501 grams could not be demonstrated in the group of women whose previous pregnancy had been terminated by a legal abortion; 4) the risk of delivering infants of birth weights below 2501 grams was not found to be correlated with the interval from the abortion to the next pregnancy, with the gestational age at the abortion, or with the abortion technique; and 5) measuring fertility following legally induced abortion did not demonstrate decreased fertility in women with a previous legally induced abortion compared with women whose last pregnancy ended in a live birth.

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