During Pregnancy, Women With Endometriosis Need Special Care To Avoid Risk Of Premature Birth

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The largest study to date of endometriosis in pregnant women has found that the condition is a major risk factor for premature birth ... women with endometriosis also had a higher risk of other pregnancy complications, as well as being more likely to give birth through Caesarean section ...

The researchers investigated the association between adverse pregnancy outcome, assisted reproduction technology (ART), and a previous diagnosis of endometriosis ... Compared with women without endometriosis, they had a 1.33 greater risk of preterm birth. Women with endometriosis were also more likely to have difficulty in conceiving and need to receive ART, which is itself a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcome.

... The risk of preterm birth associated with endometriosis among women with ART was 1.24, and among women without ART 1.37.

"Endometriosis appears to be a risk factor for preterm birth, irrespective of ART," ...

... Women with endometriosis were also more likely to suffer from pre-eclampsia ...