Pregnancy isn't easy. The woman's body undergoes physical changes that may even affect her mental and emotional health. But surely, mothers know how rewarding it is to successfully conceive a baby and give life. Perhaps, that is the same reason why aspiring moms would do anything to have an offspring.
Fortunately, in a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility
, experts claim that a hormonal product helped women complete pregnancy. They said, women who used progesterone helped two-thirds of women to have babies, even after two or more failed attempts.
Researchers from the University of Indiana and Yale University gathered 116 women who had at least two miscarriages. They tested their levels of nCyclinE, a marker for endometrial health.
Women with abnormal endometrial levels were asked to use a progesterone supplementation, insert it vaginally twice a day during the second half of their menstrual cycle.
Results showed that 68% of the women who used progesterone had successful pregnancies, compared to 51% of those who did not receive the hormone.
Experts believe that progesterone helps endometrium secrete more nutrients for the fetus during pregnancy. During the first weeks of an embryo's development, endometrium gives nourishment, which results in a healthier pregnancy.
However, women have to undergo necessary tests and diagnosis, before their doctors can prescribe progesterone for their pregnancy. Evaluation of the patients is required to know what kind of methods fit them.
“We initially created the Endometrial Function Test to identify women with infertility,” Co-author Dr. Harvey J. Kliman, director of the reproductive and placental research unit in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine, said in a press release. “This study has shown that the EFT can also be an important tool for patients with recurrent pregnancy loss.”
“We’ve been using vaginal progesterone for some time for recurrent pregnancy loss,” Kliman added. “We know that it’s a reasonable strategy—one that should be discussed, risks and benefits, between patient and physician.”