Statistics from Altmetric.com
We thank Rowlands et al.1 for their interest in our article and for raising the important issue of terminology with regard to more than one abortion. We would like to reiterate that the purpose of our article was to establish any underlying risk factors associated with women who had more than one abortion in Aberdeen, UK.2 Our study wished to characterise these women, so that future specialised care can be targeted at demographics that have an elevated likelihood of a further unplanned or mistimed pregnancy.
A recent review has shown that enhanced counselling at the time of abortion does not reduce the likelihood of a subsequent abortion.3 However, the use of implants and intrauterine devices after an initial abortion has been shown to decrease the incidence of subsequent abortions.4 Interestingly, our study showed that women who left with the implant at the first abortion were more likely to return for a subsequent abortion. On examination of the inter-termination period, implants were very good in terms of preventing repeat abortions in the 2-year time period, but thereafter became a risk factor for a subsequent abortion. This suggests that targeted care through the provision of a contraception recall system may help to encourage and support effective contraceptive coverage throughout the reproductive life course.
Competing interests None declared.
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.