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Q"I'M PREGNANT with my first baby and have been told I might have to have a caesarean. Is it true that having a C-section will reduce my future fertility?" A CONSULTANT obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Tahir Mahmood, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), which recently studied the future fertility of mothers who'd had caesarian sections, says: "The reasons why women have caesarean sections vary greatly and depend on the individual's circumstances, maternal characteristics and clinical risk factors.

"The caesarean section rate has increased all over the world over the years and currently nearly one in four women have a caesarean section in the UK, which is still much lower than C-section rates in southern Europe.

"Research we recently undertook looked at over one million, low-risk, first-time mothers who gave birth in NHS hospitals between 2000 and 2012.

"The possible effect of caesarean section on subsequent fertility is important and many parents-to-be may worry about this, but our research found that having a caesarean section as a first-time mother for conditions such as breech baby leads to only a very small effect on subsequent fertility.

"However, reasons behind why the procedure happened in the first place, such as the mother having a c-section for a complicated pregnancy, may have a bigger impact on future fertility than the caesarean itself."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 13, 2014
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