Who has a repeat abortion? Identifying women at risk of repeated terminations of pregnancy: analysis of routinely collected health care data.
McCall SJ., Flett G., Okpo E., Bhattacharya S.
BACKGROUND: Repeat termination of pregnancy highlights the issues of unplanned pregnancies and effective post-termination contraceptive practices. OBJECTIVE: To examine the risk factors at the time of a first termination that are associated with subsequent repeat termination. DESIGN: Registry-based study. SETTING: Grampian region of Scotland, UK. METHODS: A retrospective study using data from the Termination of Pregnancy Database, NHS Grampian for the period 1997-2013. Associations between repeat termination and women's sociodemographic characteristics and contraceptive use were assessed using multivariable logistic regression models. RESULTS: This study showed that 23.4% of women who had an initial termination (n=13 621) underwent a repeat termination. Women who had repeat terminations were more likely to be aged under 20 years at their initial termination with an adjusted odds ratio (AOR) of 5.59 [95% confidence interval (CI) 4.17-7.49], to belong to the most deprived social quintile [AOR 1.23 (95% CI 1.05-1.43)], and to be more likely to have had two or more previous livebirths [AOR 1.51 (95% CI 1.12-2.02)] or miscarriages [AOR 1.40 (95% CI 1.02-1.92)]. The likelihood of having a repeat termination was increased in women who had a contraceptive implant as post-termination contraception [AOR 1.78 (95% CI 1.50-2.11)] compared to women who left with none or unknown methods following the first termination. In those who had repeat terminations, women who had an implant or Depo-Provera(®) were at increased odds of repeat termination in the 2-5 years interval compared to the 0-2 years after their initial termination. CONCLUSIONS: Teenage pregnancy, social deprivation, two or more previous livebirths or miscarriages at the time of the initial termination were identified as risk factors for repeat terminations. Post-termination contraception with implants and Depo-Provera® were associated with repeat termination 2-5 years after the first termination.