But the recent UK PREMET Study of 900 pregnant women has strongly suggested that metronidazole not only doesn't reduce premature births, but may also actually contribute to the very condition it is prescribed to treat (Br J Obstet Gynaecol, 2006; 113: 65-74).
Indeed, according to Andrew Shennan, the author of the report, and professor of obstetrics for Tommy's, the baby charity, almost 1000 babies are born prematurely in the UK each year due to the use of metronidazole.
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