In some pregnancies, the OBGYN may prescribe hormone treatment to keep the pregnancy. There are often many questions about these treatments. In this article, I will clarify the use of hormone treatments during pregnancy, the side effects, and the benefits during pregnancy.
Progesterone is often prescribed when there is a risk of miscarriage or preterm labor. Progesterone is a hormone naturally produced in the second half of the menstrual cycle, after ovulation. During pregnancy and its early stages, it is produced in the sack formed after the formation of the embryo, until the placenta is mature enough to produce it. Progesterone plays a key role during pregnancy by:
Benefits of Hormone treatment
The most recent studies done on Progesterone and its role in maintaining pregnancies proved that when it is taken during the first trimester, in cases where there is a history of miscarriages, progesterone is effective in preventing pregnancy loss. And in cases where there is a history of preterm labor, the hormone treatment is effective in preventing them when taken during the second half of the pregnancy. However, these same studies showed that Progesterone is not effective in preventing pregnancy loss when there is bleeding and other miscarriage symptoms during the first trimester. There are ongoing studies on progestins (the drug form of Progesterone) and their role in protecting pregnancies as it is a widely used hormone treatment.
Types of progestins
Taking pills means they will have to go through the liver, which causes side effects. The other types of progestins are absorbed away from the digestive system, which causes fewer side effects. We prefer prescribing suppositories to our patients as they have a better effect, while many patients prefer pills, so the prescribed type depends on the case.
Does Hormone treatment guarantee the continuation of pregnancy?
Nothing can guarantee the continuation of pregnancy, Hormone therapy is prescribed to attempt to prevent the reoccurrence of miscarriage and preterm labor.
Is Dophaston harmful to the baby?
Dophaston pills are widely prescribed, and they are safe for the mother and baby when taken upon the doctor’s recommendation.
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