Live births, cesarean sections and the development of menstrual abnormalities

H. A. Abenhaim, B. L. Harlow

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine the relationship between number of livebirths and cesarean sections on the development of menstrual abnormalities. Methods: The effect of number of livebirths and cesarean sections on menstrual abnormalities in the late reproductive period was evaluated using data from the Harvard Study of Moods and Cycles. Results: There were 298 women with no livebirths and 606 women with livebirths of which 184 had a history of cesarean section. Among all women, increasing number of livebirths was associated with an increasing trend in reported heavy menses, prolonged flow > 6 days, and a decreasing trend in reported dysmenorrhea. This effect was amplified among women with a history of cesarean section. Conclusions: Increasing number of livebirths is associated with heavy and prolonged menstrual flow during the late reproductive period. This association is particularly stronger in women with a history of cesarean section.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-116
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume92
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Cesarean section
  • Livebirths
  • Menorrhagia

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