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This Hormone May Lower Risk of Miscarriage
Progesterone therapy emerges as a possible treatment option for women who have suffered recurrent miscarriages
September 27, 2019
Having a miscarriage is an extremely traumatic event and can make subsequent pregnancies especially stressful. Sadly, miscarriages are relatively common, as it affects about one in five women.
Fortunately, new research suggests that the hormone progesterone could lower the risk of miscarriage for women with early pregnancy bleeding who have had a miscarriage in the past.
Continue reading for more information regarding:
Miscarriages, including causes and symptoms
The study and its results
Miscarriages: An Overview
MedlinePlus defines miscarriage as “the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy.” Just as pregnancy is different for every woman, a miscarriage is a very subjective experience. While a chromosomal problem is usually responsible for the baby’s inability to develop, miscarriages can occur for a multitude of reasons, including:
Issues with hormone production
Problems involving the reproductive organs
Pregnancy complications, such as molar (an abnormally fertilized egg) or ectopic (egg grows outside the uterus) pregnancies
Being extremely overweight or underweight
Problems relating to immune response
Abuse of drugs or alcohol
Exposure to environmental toxins
Signs of a miscarriage vary—at first, some women might not even realize they’ve had a miscarriage. The most common symptoms of miscarriage are bleeding and pain, specifically:
Cramping, sharp pain, or a dull ache in the stomach or back
White-pink mucus or discharge
Tissue or clot-like material passing from the vagina
Brown or bright red bleeding
Loss in pregnancy symptoms
Keep in mind that bleeding during early pregnancy occurs in as many as 30 percent of all pregnancies and does not always mean a miscarriage has taken place. Regardless, you should contact a healthcare professional or facility upon experiencing any of these symptoms.
The study included over four thousand women, making it the largest of its kind ever conducted. Half of the women received progesterone supplements while the other half unknowingly received a placebo.
The women were instructed to vaginally insert the capsules twice a day until they reached 16 weeks of pregnancy.
According to Science Daily, “The researchers found that there was a 4% increase in the number of babies born to the women in the study who were given progesterone and had previously had one or two miscarriages compared to those given a placebo.”
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