Published online Feb 10, 2021. doi: 10.5317/wjog.v10.i1.1
Peer-review started: September 24, 2020
First decision: December 21, 2020
Revised: December 21, 2020
Accepted: January 8, 2021
Article in press: January 8, 2021
Published online: February 10, 2021
Abortion is of great importance in public health, as it is among the main causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. In addition to sociodemographic- and lifestyle-related factors, studies have associated infections of the genital tract with higher rates of abortion. Therefore, the exacerbated presence and rise of Mollicutes in the genitourinary tract may be related to higher rates of abortion.
To perform an epidemiological analysis of women who had spontaneous abor-tions and placental colonization by Mollicutes in a maternity hospital.
This cross-sectional study involved the collection of data and biological material from women hospitalized due to spontaneous abortion or term delivery. The sample consisted of 89 women who miscarried and 20 women who had full term pregnancy. Data collection was carried out in three stages: (1) Conducting research on the information and clinical data in medical records of patients hospitalized due to abortion; (2) Application of a semi-structured questionnaire to identify the patient's epidemiological profile and (3) Collection of placental tissue. Placental samples were collected after the curettage procedure (abortion) and after placental expulsion (delivery), both performed by an obstetrician. Microbial identification in the fragments was performed by real-time polymerase chain reaction. In this study, the following explanatory variables were considered: (1) Sociodemographic variables; (2) Variables related to access to health services; (3) Variables related to lifestyle; and (4) Variables related to sexual and reproductive health, all of which were used to perform descriptive, univariate and multivariate analyses.
In the final model, placental colonization by Mollicutes was independently associated with the variables age [odds ratio (OR) = 7.55; CI: 2.37-24.03] and menarche (OR = 3.43; CI: 1.03-11.44). In this investigation, the prevalence of Mollicutes colonization by at least one of the following three species: Mycoplasma hominis, Ureaplasma urealyticum, Ureaplasma parvum in women who had spontaneous abortion was 73.0%. When comparing colonization between the two groups of participating women, there was an 8.12-fold risk of placental colonization by at least one Mollicutes species in the women who had an abortion, compared to those who completed pregnancy. The final multivariate analysis model revealed a statistically significant association between placental colonization by Mollicutes in abortion with the following variables: age, as women up to 29 years old had a 7.55-fold risk of spontaneous abortion, compared to those who were older than 29 years; menarche, where women who had menarche up to 13 years old had a 3.43-fold risk of miscarriage compared to those who had menarche over 13 years old; and a change in eating habits, after the discovery of pregnancy, was a protective factor (OR = 0.16).
These findings revealed a positive association between spontaneous abortion and placental colonization by Mollicutes. This indicates the need for further investigation of this issue, to guide decision-making for the prevention of abortion.
Core Tip: This study analyzed the association between spontaneous abortion and placental colonization by Mollicutes using a cross-sectional design, which involved the collection of data and biological material from women hospitalized due to spontaneous abortion or term delivery. Microbial identification in biological samples was performed by real-time polymerase chain reaction and the collected data were used to perform descriptive, univariate and multivariate analyses. The prevalence of Mollicutes among women who had spontaneous abortion was 73.0% and in women who had an abortion, an 8.12-fold risk of placental colonization by at least one species of Mollicutes was observed, compared to those who completed pregnancy.