Definition - What does TPAL mean?

TPAL is an acronym for a system used to describe obstetrical history. It stands for term births, preterm births, abortions, and living children.

FertilitySmarts explains TPAL

The TPAL system is used by medical professionals to simply describe a woman's obstetric history. It is used as follows:

T- Term births (after 37 weeks gestation)

P- Preterm births (before 37 weeks gestation)

A- Abortions (whether spontaneous or elective)

L- Living children

For example, a woman who has had 1 term infant, 2 preterm infants, 1 miscarriage, and has 3 living children would be described as TPAL 1-2-1-3.

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