Progesterone Is Ineffective For Women With History Of Miscarriages

Posted: Nov 27 2015, 5:22am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Progesterone is Ineffective for Women with History of Miscarriages
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  • Additional Progesterone is Ineffective in Females with a History of Miscarriage

It has been found that additional progesterone is ineffective in case of females with a history of miscarriage.

It appears to be the case that giving females progesterone is unsuitable if they have had a few miscarriages in the past. At least, the progesterone does not help them in getting pregnant, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The myth which has been busted is that women who were administered progesterone – the pregnancy hormone – were more likely to conceive. But such is not the case. It also used to be thought that any risks of miscarriage would be lowered thanks to progesterone shots. But once again the reality does not match the hype.

New studies that got published in a journal show that 65.8% of the females that were given progesterone conceived children. However, here is the rub, 63.3% did so in the control group which didn’t receive the drug at all.

This is hardly a contrast and it shows that there is no difference between those receiving progesterone and those not receiving it. Over 800 females participated in the study. They were monitored in venues all over Britain and the Netherlands. Neither the women nor their physicians knew that they were receiving progesterone or a fake dose via vaginal suppository.

It was indeed a very intelligent study, one that measured the value of progesterone for the first time in an accurate manner. Of course, it provided concrete evidence that what was thought of as a panacea in fact had absolutely nil effect on the women with histories of miscarriage.

5% of females face a miscarriage. And 1% go on to have two or three miscarriages. Progesterone is given to ensure that pregnancy takes place. In fact, it is the first treatment sought for the condition.

While this study may be disheartening to many, the women ought to relax since at least half of the females studied did at least have a live birth. Furthermore, one thing which is certain is that there were no side effects to taking progesterone. It was benign.

Some think that maybe progesterone ought to be administered after ovulation. There is indeed a segment of doctors who say that progesterone is given too late and is thus ineffective due to the wrong timing of the dose.

Yet, the mainstream has reached a consensus that no amount of progesterone will make an iota of difference in women with a past history of miscarriage.

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