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In the news: “Hormone ‘can reduce some women’s chance of miscarriage’”

Did you see the news? In early May, BBC released an article in their health section covering a recent study conducted at the University of Birmingham, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

The study, conducted across 4,000 pregnant women all of whom had experienced bleeding in early pregnancy, separated women into 2 groups. One group received progesterone, while the other group received a placebo, or dummy pill.

While the results of the study indicated that not all women taking the real progesterone pill could be helped, there were benefits for some women, especially those who had experienced recurrent miscarriage, which is defined as 3 or more miscarriages in a row.  For these women, there was a 15% increase in live birth rate when compared with women who took the placebo pill.

Arri Coomarasamy, consultant gynecologist at Birmingham Women and children’s hospital and study leader, told the BBC the treatment could save thousands of babies’ lives. “We hope that his evidence will be considered by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and that it will be used to update national guidelines for women at risk of miscarriage,” he said.

Although the treatment will not work for all women who miscarry, as there are many, often complex reasons miscarriage occurs, this study is an important breakthrough and step forward in finding treatment options that may help reduce miscarriage risk in some women. 

Why did progesterone help some of the women studied? Among other jobs, progesterone is a hormone essential to pregnancy. Progesterone prepares the uterus for implantation and also maintains the lining of the womb where the embryo is implanted. Without adequate progesterone, conceiving and maintaining a successful pregnancy is impossible.

Until now, testing progesterone required a trip to the doctor for a blood draw or an in-home blood test that didn’t provide results for 7-10 days. But with Proov, progesterone testing is easy. Proov empowers women to test progesterone at home, in 5 minutes using just urine. If the test indicates progesterone may be low, women can take this information to their doctors for treatment. Progesterone is essential to successful pregnancy. “Proov” you have it!