The latest research shows that some women at very high risk of having a preterm baby may benefit from treatment with a derivative of the hormone progesterone, according to an opinion issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Obstetric Practice and published this month in ACOGs official journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology.
However, the ACOG Committee said further studies are needed to evaluate the value of progesterone further and resolve issues such as the optimal route of drug delivery.
"Prematurity is the number one health problem for babies in the United States today," said Nancy S. Green, M.D., medical director of the March of Dimes. "The March of Dimes is encouraged by the preliminary results of the studies of progesterone to prevent preterm birth, and we look forward to more research to help us understand which women would be most likely to respond to this treatment."
Michele Kling | EurekAlert!
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