Characteristics of women with recurrent spontaneous abortions and women with favorable reproductive histories

B. Strobino, H. E. Fox, J. Kline, Z. Stein, M. Susser, D. Warburton

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Women with a history of recurrent spontaneous abortions (repeaters) are compared with women who have had live births and no spontaneous abortions (multiparae) and women who have had live births and only one spontaneous abortion (sporadics) to identify characteristics of the women and their abortuses that might predict subsequent fetal loss. A number of risk factors for recurrent spontaneous abortion have been identified: the loss of a chromosomally normal conception, loss after the first trimester of pregnancy, a delay in conceiving prior to the study pregnancy, a diagnosis of cervical incompetence, and a history of very low birthweight deliveries. The odds ratios associated with being a repeater vary from 1.4 to 5.6 depending on the number of characteristics present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)986-991
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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