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If I start having contractions before 34 weeks, can progesterone delay the birth?

If I start having contractions before 34 weeks, can progesterone delay the birth?

No: There are lots of news stories out now about the use of Progesterone to prevent preterm delivery. It is started in the 2nd trimester in women with a previous preterm delivery. It does not work to stop preterm labor in someone currently experiencing it. ...Read more

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Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more


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When you have a medical history of pre term birth does the extra progesterone helps with your 2nd preg. Or what kind of meds you need?

When you have a medical history of pre term birth does the extra progesterone helps with your 2nd preg. Or what kind of meds you need?

Prog for preterm: There are some studies that suggest that if you have a prior preterm birth, and you take Progesterone injections weekly from 16-20 weeks until 37 weeks, your risk of a subsequent preterm birth is 30% lower than if you don't get progesterone. You should discuss your specific history with your obgyn to see what they recommend. ...Read more

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39 yr f TTC w/micro pit adenoma 6 births Difficulties TTC > 2 yrs Prolactin N 2nd MRI E Sella S L cortisol, L progesterone ? Age ? Adenoma ? Both

39 yr f TTC w/micro pit adenoma
6 births
Difficulties TTC > 2 yrs
Prolactin N
2nd MRI E Sella S
L cortisol, L progesterone 
? Age 
? Adenoma
? Both

Pituitary: Your question is cryptic and confusing, and I don't understand all the abbreviations. In general, the images of the pituitary by MRI don't always correspond to the hormone levels. Pituitaries can form lumps, can get squeezed against the sella (i.e. "empty") and yet still function well. Talk to you Endocrinologist who can sort out the complexity. ...Read more

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Progesterone (Definition)

Progesterone has been found to be helpful in preventing preterm birth in a patient who has a history of delivering babies too early. It can be given as vaginal suppositories. It is most often given as weekly ...Read more