The Role of Progesterone in Preventing Miscarriage
Historically, doctors have treated women in a lot of different–and sometimes dangerous–ways to try to help them from miscarrying during pregnancy.
For example, who can forget the famous DET pill of the 1950's, which doctors routinely prescribed to women to lower their risk of miscarrying, only to discover much later on that it actually caused horrible defects?
One of the most common medications that women have been prescribed more recently has been progesterone, which was thought to help prevent women from miscarrying by boosting their levels of the hormone in their body. But does progesterone actually work to help prevent a woman from miscarrying?
Unfortunately, the answer looks like no, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The study, which came out in 2015, looked specifically at women who had a history of miscarriage without any known reason. For women who are losing pregnancies but are unable to determine exactly why their pregnancies are ending, the frustration and heartbreak can be unbearable. But unfortunately, the study also revealed that the progesterone that the women received did not result in more live births.
I personally know many women who have sworn that progesterone has helped them after multiple miscarriages to stay pregnant. One popular Instagram mom blogger, Kelly Jensen, has talked publicly about her multiple losses before someone mentioned progesterone. So it's a tricky subject to talk about. On one hand, if there is something so simple that could help, of course we want women to try it. On the other hand, I would hate for any woman to have false hope if the progesterone isn't really what's helping.
No one can say for sure, especially for women who have had multiple losses without any medical reason, what the answer is. But studies are now showing that progesterone may not be the answer for conceiving after a miscarriage. You should, however, talk to your doctor about progesterone and see if there are any other treatments available, as well as testing to see if you have any underlying conditions that may be causing pregnancy loss.
Did you try progesterone treatment to prevent miscarriage?