[Invasive conservative care in cases of severe post-partum haemorrhage: future fertility and pregnancy outcome consequences].

Research paper by C C Malartic, J J Cagnat, O O Morel, A A Ricbourg, E E Gayat, A A Mebazaa, O O Ledref, É É Barranger

Indexed on: 24 Jul '12Published on: 24 Jul '12Published in: Gynécologie Obstétrique & Fertilité


The development of conservative surgical approaches and interventionnal radiology for conservative treatment in cases of severe post-partum haemorrhage allows nowadays a preservation of the genital tract in most of the cases in developed countries. The consequences of these techniques for the future fertility and pregnancy outcome are not fully evaluated. Very few cases of infertility are reported and the majority of the patients seem to recover regular menstrual menses after application of any of the described conservative approach. Pregnancy outcomes appear unchanged without any consequence concerning foetal growth. However, complications might occur, impairing future fertility or pregnancy outcome: uterine synechia have been described after arterial embolization, ovarian failures occurred after stepwise surgical approach including lombo-ovarian artery ligature, synechia and uterine infection impaired uterine compression sutures. Furthermore, recurrence of post-partum haemorrhage and abnormal placentation rates seem to be higher for future pregnancies.