Progesterone Gel Helps Prevent Preemies
April 8, 2011 2:12 PM Subscribe
One in every 8 babies born in the US is premature. A new study (pdf/via) published online Wednesday in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology indicates that vaginal progesterone gel can help women who are pregnant for the first time and at risk of premature birth extend their pregnancies, reduce potential complications and boost the health of their newborns.
"In women with a short cervix during the second trimester of pregnancy, use of a vaginal progesterone gel essentially halves the risk for preterm birth, according to an NIH- and industry-funded study published in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology."Previous, smaller-scale studies had produced conflicting, disparate results. The new study involved 32,000 pregnant women in the United States and nine other countries.
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