A recent study has found that bacteria may be a major cause of premature birth.
The study, which was published in PLOS ONE, claims that bacteria could be causing membranes around an unborn child to tear prematurely. While this doesn’t always cause a woman to go into labor, it is responsible for around a third of premature births. The study found that areas around the tear in a membrane had high amounts of bacteria, reports Panarmenian.
Researcher are working to identify if a certain bacteria is behind preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM).
“We then might be able to treat affected women with antibiotics and reduce their risk for PPROM,” Amy Murtha, the author of the study, told BBC New. “Our research is several steps away from this, but it gives us opportunities to explore potential targeted therapeutic interventions, which we lack in obstetrics.”
The study was conducted with the help of 48 women who had just given birth. This group of women included some that gave birth at full term, some who gave birth early due to membrane rupture and others who gave birth early for different reasons, BBC New notes.