Repeat Caesareans 'increase hysterectomy risk'

Women who have repeat Caesarean sections are at an increased risk of needing a hysterectomy, it has been claimed.

In a paper for the International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Professor Michael Turner of the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Ireland, said that as Caesareans have become so simple to carry out they are probably now being done too often.

"Sometimes the Caesarean section is the right thing to do, but it shouldn't be done solely for social reasons or for convenience because if you have a Caesarean section in this pregnancy you are more likely to have one in future pregnancies," he told the Irish Times, adding that the more Caesarean sections a woman has the more likely it is she is going to need a Caesarean hysterectomy.

Professor Turner also said that women who have multiple Caesareans are also more likely to suffer from problems with their placenta.

The World Health Organization recommends that no more than 15 per cent of births are carried out by Caesarean section.