Pregnancy during Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom

Albright, Todd S.; Gehrich, Alan P.; Wright Jr., Johnnie; Lettieri, Christine F.; Dunlow, Susan G.; Buller, Jerome L.
May 2007
Military Medicine;May2007, Vol. 172 Issue 5, p511
Academic Journal
Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate pregnancy during war-time deployment. Methods: A retrospective review of gynecology visits was evaluated at Camp Doha, Kuwait, from August 2003 through April 2004. Of the 1,737 visits, 77 demonstrated a positive pregnancy test. These charts were evaluated for factors that may lead to important information for future deployments. Results: The average age of the female soldier with a positive pregnancy test in theater was 27 ± 7 years. The primary presenting complaint was amenorrhea. Ninety-two percent had an ultrasound. Fifty-four percent of visits were active duty, followed by Reserve. National Guard, and civilian government employees. Ninety-two percent were administratively redeployed. Seventy-seven percent of the soldiers became pregnant in country. Twenty-three percent arrived in country pregnant. Conclusions: Given the number of pregnancies before and during deployment, current screening procedures as well as new concepts in prevention need to be addressed.


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