Progesterone gel may reduce preterm birth, study finds

04/7/2011 | HealthDay News

A study involving 458 women with a short cervix found that 8.9% of those who were given progesterone gel between the 19th and 23rd week of pregnancy gave birth at less than 33 weeks compared with 16.1% of those who took a placebo. The study in the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology also found that 3% of infants born to women who took the gel developed respiratory distress syndrome compared with 7.6% of those born to women who got a placebo.

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