Researchers and obstetricians have studied for years if women can do anything to prevent preterm labor. Because of this, no one intervention or treatment can prevent all preterm births. This is because preterm birth has many causes, and one treatment on its own probably isn’t enough to prevent the many causes of preterm birth.
Can Progesterone Prevent Preterm Birth?
Recent studies have shown that treatment with a hormone named progesterone can lower the rate of preterm birth by as much as 30–50 percent. Progesterone is a steroid hormone. Pregnant women naturally produce this hormone on their own. It’s also produced by a woman’s placenta.
Some obstetricians prescribe corticosteroids to speed up lung development and prevent other complications in growing fetuses that are at risk of being born early. Corticosteroids have been shown to substantially improve infants’ long-term health outcomes.
When and how a fetus gets these corticosteroids in the womb is something that doctors determine on a case-by-case basis.
Much evidence also suggests that starting early prenatal care and closely monitoring a fetus may reduce some women’s chances of giving birth to a preemie. Early evaluation and consultation in our clinic will help you start this process. Getting medical care early on in your pregnancy will reduce your chances of having a preterm birth.