D&C may increase risk of preterms

The prospective cohort study of 5500 pregnancies in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK showed a single previous D&C for managing a termination or miscarriage increased the risk of preterm birth by 66%, and two or more procedures doubled the risk, compared with women who had no previous pregnancy losses.

In contrast, non-surgical management of miscarriage or termination did not increase the risk of preterm birth.

However, Professor Michael Permezel, president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and

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