STATES CHRONICLE – It was thought progesterone reduces birth loss but a new study shows that women with recurrent miscarriages are not helped by progesterone. It seemed that prior studies made researchers believe that administering progesterone in the first trimester of pregnancy could help women carry the pregnancy to term.
For those of you who are not familiar with this substance, progesterone is a hormone that enables and maintains a pregnancy and it is most often the treatment prescribed for women who have suffered recurrent miscariages.
However, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine progesterone doesn’t make a difference. 65.8 percent of the group of women who were given progesterone carried to term, as opposed to 63.3 percent of the group who didn’t get the supplement.
The study participants were 800 women coming from all over the UK as well as from the Netherlands. The oldest women were 39 years old, this being the maximum age chosen by the researchers as being relatively safe concerning chromosomal errors.
Besides the age factor, doctors took into consideration some health problems such as uterus structure, clotting disorders and thyroid dysfunction, all of them being causes of miscarriage. Whether the participants were receiving progesterone or a placebo was unknown both to the patients and to the doctors.
The most common cause for miscarriage is chromosomal errors. These errors cannot be predicted and are more likely to occur as the woman ages. Some other researchers believe that this progesterone supplement should have been administered before the confirmation of pregnancy, in a stage as early as ovulation. In this way the chances of the woman to get pregnant and carry the pregnancy to term could have increased.
On the other hand, there are experts who believe that if the miscarriages are happening because of chromosomal errors, than no amount of progesterone can fix the situation. Therefore, they recommended that the study should have been conducted with patients that had other causes for their miscarriages. In this way, the results could have been more conclusive.
In conclusion, from now on, women experiencing miscarriages are less likely to receive a progesterone treatment. Hopefully, researchers will be able to find other solutions to the problem.
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