Publications by authors named "Helle Karro"

53Publications

What do we know about the impact of sexual violence on health and health behaviour of women in Estonia?

BMC Public Health 2020 Dec 10;20(1):1897. Epub 2020 Dec 10.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tartu, 8 Puusepa, 51014, Tartu, Estonia.

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December 2020

The prevalence and patterns of exposure to interpersonal violence among men and women in Estonia.

PLoS One 2020 14;15(8):e0237562. Epub 2020 Aug 14.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.

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October 2020

Singleton pregnancies after in vitro fertilization in Estonia: a register-based study of complications and adverse outcomes in relation to the maternal socio-demographic background.

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2019 Jan 29;19(1):51. Epub 2019 Jan 29.

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, National Institute for Health Development, Hiiu 42, 11619, Tallinn, Estonia.

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January 2019

Differentially-Expressed miRNAs in Ectopic Stromal Cells Contribute to Endometriosis Development: The Plausible Role of miR-139-5p and miR-375.

Int J Mol Sci 2018 Nov 28;19(12). Epub 2018 Nov 28.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tartu, 50090 Tartu, Estonia.

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November 2018

Knowledge and Practices Regarding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome among Physicians in Europe, North America, and Internationally: An Online Questionnaire-Based Study.

Semin Reprod Med 2018 01 6;36(1):19-27. Epub 2018 Sep 6.

Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

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January 2018

Quality of IVF status registration in the Estonian Medical Birth Registry: a national record linkage study.

Reprod Health 2018 Aug 8;15(1):133. Epub 2018 Aug 8.

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, National Institute for Health Development, Hiiu 42, 11619, Tallinn, Estonia.

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August 2018

High-throughput mRNA sequencing of stromal cells from endometriomas and endometrium.

Reproduction 2017 07 11;154(1):93-100. Epub 2017 May 11.

Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyInstitute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.

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July 2017

Circulating miR-200-family micro-RNAs have altered plasma levels in patients with endometriosis and vary with blood collection time.

Fertil Steril 2015 Oct 20;104(4):938-946.e2. Epub 2015 Jul 20.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia; Competence Center on Health Technologies, Tartu, Estonia. Electronic address:

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October 2015

Contraceptive use among young women in Estonia: Association with contraceptive services.

Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care 2016 22;21(2):132-40. Epub 2015 Jun 22.

a * Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , University of Tartu , Tartu , Estonia.

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January 2017

Pregnancy intendedness and the association with physical, sexual and emotional abuse - a European multi-country cross-sectional study.

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2015 May 26;15:120. Epub 2015 May 26.

Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

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May 2015

Fear of childbirth and risk of cesarean delivery: a cohort study in six European countries.

Birth 2015 Mar;42(1):48-55

Department of Women's and Children's Health, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

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March 2015

Prevalence of experienced abuse in healthcare and associated obstetric characteristics in six European countries.

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2015 May 3;94(5):508-17. Epub 2015 Mar 3.

Department of Health, Nutrition and Management, Faculty of Health Sciences, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway.

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May 2015

High-throughput sequencing approach uncovers the miRNome of peritoneal endometriotic lesions and adjacent healthy tissues.

PLoS One 2014 11;9(11):e112630. Epub 2014 Nov 11.

Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Tartu, Estonia; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.

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March 2016

Abortion trends from 1996 to 2011 in Estonia: special emphasis on repeat abortion.

BMC Womens Health 2014 Jul 9;14:81. Epub 2014 Jul 9.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Tartu, L, Puusepa 8, Tartu 51014, Estonia.

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July 2014

Prevalence of emotional, physical and sexual abuse among pregnant women in six European countries.

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2014 Jul 20;93(7):669-77. Epub 2014 May 20.

Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway; Department of Health, Nutrition and Management, Faculty of Health Sciences, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway.

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July 2014

A history of abuse and operative delivery--results from a European multi-country cohort study.

PLoS One 2014 31;9(1):e87579. Epub 2014 Jan 31.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland ; Primary Health Care of the Capital Area, Centre of Development, Reykjavik, Iceland.

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October 2014

Teenage pregnancies in the European Union in the context of legislation and youth sexual and reproductive health services.

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2013 Dec 15;92(12):1395-406. Epub 2013 Oct 15.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia; Doctoral School of Clinical Medicine, University of Tartu, Tartu University Hospital, Tartu, Estonia.

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December 2013

Elevated blood plasma antioxidant status is favourable for achieving IVF/ICSI pregnancy.

Reprod Biomed Online 2013 Apr 16;26(4):345-52. Epub 2013 Jan 16.

Centre for Biology of Integrated Systems, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia.

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April 2013

Survivin promoter polymorphisms and autoantibodies in endometriosis.

J Reprod Immunol 2012 Dec 3;96(1-2):95-100. Epub 2012 Nov 3.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, L. Puusepa 8, 51014 Tartu, Estonia.

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December 2012

Intimate partner violence and sexual health outcomes: a population-based study among 16-44-year-old women in Estonia.

Eur J Public Health 2013 Aug 23;23(4):688-93. Epub 2012 Oct 23.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.

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August 2013

Ethnic differences in factors associated with the use of contraception among 20- to 44-year-old women in Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Contraception 2012 Aug 10;86(2):132-40. Epub 2012 Jan 10.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, 50406 Tartu, Estonia.

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August 2012

Gender differences in factors associated with sexual intercourse among Estonian adolescents.

Scand J Public Health 2011 Jun 24;39(4):389-95. Epub 2011 Jan 24.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, Tartu Youth Counselling Centre, Tartu, Estonia.

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June 2011

Androgen receptor epigenetic variations influence early follicular phase gonadotropin levels.

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2010 Dec 5;89(12):1557-63. Epub 2010 Nov 5.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia. mail:

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December 2010

Prospective experience with contingent screening strategy for Down syndrome in Estonia.

J Community Genet 2010 Sep 2;1(3):133-8. Epub 2010 Oct 2.

Department of Paediatrics, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia,

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September 2010

Association of CCR5, TLR2, TLR4 and MBL genetic variations with genital tract infections and tubal factor infertility.

J Reprod Immunol 2010 Dec 3;87(1-2):74-81. Epub 2010 Jul 3.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, L. Puusepa 8, 51014 Tartu, Estonia.

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December 2010

Polymorphisms in ESR1, ESR2 and HSD17B1 genes are associated with fertility status in endometriosis.

Gynecol Endocrinol 2011 Jun 29;27(6):425-33. Epub 2010 Jun 29.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.

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June 2011

Polymorphisms in MMP-2 and MMP-9 promoter regions are associated with endometriosis.

Fertil Steril 2010 Sep 25;94(4):1560-1563. Epub 2010 Jan 25.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia; Department of Biotechnology, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia; Nova Vita Clinic, Center for Infertility Treatment and Medical Genetics, Viimsi, Estonia.

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September 2010

Sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Portugal.

Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care 2009 Jun;14(3):215-20

Health Systems Unit, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Rua da Junqueira, 96, Lisboa 1349-008, Portugal.

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June 2009

Aromatase gene (CYP19A1) variants, female infertility and ovarian stimulation outcome: a preliminary report.

Reprod Biomed Online 2009 May;18(5):651-7

Department of Biotechnology, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Estonian Genome Foundation, University of Tartu, Estonia.

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May 2009

The effects of postmenopausal hormone therapy on social activity, partner relationship, and sexual life - experience from the EPHT trial.

BMC Womens Health 2009 Jun 8;9:16. Epub 2009 Jun 8.

Health Services and Policy Research, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), PO Box 30, Helsinki 00271, Finland.

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June 2009

Individual and familial factors associated with teenage pregnancy: an interview study.

Eur J Public Health 2009 Jun 22;19(3):266-70. Epub 2009 Jan 22.

University of Tartu, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Tartu, Estonia.

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June 2009

Previous history of surgically induced abortion and complications of the third stage of labour in subsequent normal vaginal deliveries.

J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2008 Dec;21(12):884-8

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.

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December 2008

Factors associated with Estonian adolescents' sexuality-related knowledge: Findings from the 1994 and 1999 KISS studies.

Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care 2008 Jun;13(2):173-81

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.

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June 2008

Symptom reporting and quality of life in the Estonian Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy Trial.

BMC Womens Health 2008 Mar 26;8. Epub 2008 Mar 26.

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, National Institute for Health Development, Hiiu 42, 11619 Tallinn, Estonia.

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March 2008

Circulating anti-follicle-stimulating hormone immunoglobulin A in women: a sperm-prone reaction of mucosal tolerance?

Fertil Steril 2008 Oct 26;90(4):1253-5. Epub 2007 Dec 26.

Department of Immunology, Institute of General and Molecular Pathology, Centre of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.

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October 2008

Allelic estrogen receptor 1 (ESR1) gene variants predict the outcome of ovarian stimulation in in vitro fertilization.

Mol Hum Reprod 2007 Aug 30;13(8):521-6. Epub 2007 May 30.

Department of Biotechnology, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Estonian Genome Project, University of Tartu, Estonia, and Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.

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August 2007

VNTR I/I genotype of insulin gene is associated with the increase of follicle number independent from polycystic ovary syndrome.

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2007 ;86(6):726-32

Department of Immunology, Institute of General and Molecular Pathology, Centre of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Tartu, Ravila 19, Tartu, Estonia.

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September 2007

Factors associated with teenage pregnancy in the European Union countries: a systematic review.

Eur J Public Health 2007 Dec 25;17(6):630-6. Epub 2007 Mar 25.

Dugald Baird Centre for Research on Women's Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Aberdeen, UK.

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December 2007

Major improvements, but persisting inequalities in infant survival in Estonia 1992-2002.

Eur J Public Health 2007 Feb 19;17(1):8-16. Epub 2006 Jul 19.

Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), Stockholm University/Karolinska Institute 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.

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February 2007

Is a poor pregnancy outcome related to young maternal age? A study of teenagers in Estonia during the period of major socio-economic changes (from 1992 to 2002).

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2007 Mar 23;131(1):45-51. Epub 2006 Jun 23.

Tartu University Women's Clinic, Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu, Estonia.

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March 2007

Frozen embryo transfers: implications of clinical and embryological factors on the pregnancy outcome.

Hum Reprod 2006 Sep 9;21(9):2368-74. Epub 2006 May 9.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Tartu, Estonia.

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September 2006

Women's views of the climacteric at the time of low menopausal hormone use, Estonia 1998.

Maturitas 2005 Aug 23;51(4):413-25. Epub 2004 Dec 23.

National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, STAKES, Health and Social Services, FI-00530 Helsinki, Finland.

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August 2005

Impact of rapid socio-economic changes on teenage pregnancies in Estonia during 1992-2001.

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2005 May;84(5):425-31

Tartu University Women's Clinic, Tartu, Estonia.

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May 2005

Comparison of Estonian and Finnish physicians' opinions of menopause and hormone therapy.

Maturitas 2004 Oct;49(2):107-13

National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES), Health and Social Services, PO Box 220, FIN-00531 Helsinki, Finland.

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October 2004

Ferrous iron administration during pregnancy and adaptational oxidative stress (Pilot study).

Medicina (Kaunas) 2004 ;40(6):547-52

Department of Biochemistry, Tartu University, Ravila street 19, 51014 Tartu, Estonia.

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February 2006

The drug industry and medical practice--the case of menopausal hormone therapy in Estonia.

Soc Sci Med 2004 Jan;58(1):89-97

National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, Social and Health Services, PO BOX 220, 00531 Helsinki, Finland.

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January 2004