A new study has revealed that over 8,000 miscarriages could be prevented through a simple daily pill.
The research, carried out by the University of Birmingham and Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage, involved analysing two different clinical trials entitled Promise and Prism. The results of the study have proven promising, leading to hope it could improve the current miscarriage rate.
Here, we’ll look at what these two new trials revealed and whether a daily pill could prevent thousands of miscarriages.
Understanding the miscarriage prevention research
Both the Promise and the Prism clinical trial results were assessed as part of the new research.
Promise included 838 women who had suffered recurrent miscarriages across 45 different hospitals in the UK and Netherlands. When the hormone progesterone was inserted into the vagina, it was revealed that the birth rate was increased by 3%.
Prism was a larger clinical trial, consisting of 4,153 women who had experienced early pregnancy bleeding. Some were provided with progesterone, while others received a placebo pill through until 16 weeks into the pregnancy. It was discovered that those who had already suffered a miscarriage who were given progesterone, saw the number of babies born increase by 5%. For the women who had experienced three or more miscarriages, the birth rate increased by an impressive 15%.
These results have proven to be extremely promising, suggesting the progesterone drug could prevent 8,450 miscarriages each year.
Could a daily pill be the key to miscarriage prevention?
So, could a daily progesterone pill really be the key to preventing miscarriages? Well, there are a lot of reasons why miscarriages can occur. However, for those suffering recurrent miscarriages, or bleeding early in their pregnancy, progesterone is certainly proving promising as an effective treatment option.
The debate over using the drug to help reduce miscarriages has actually been ongoing for 60 years. However, up until now there has been little in the way of evidence to support the claims. Now, experts are urging the NHS to offer the hormone as a standard treatment for those who are at risk of miscarriage.
What current treatment options are available for recurrent miscarriages?
If you have experienced one or more miscarriages, it’s understandable you’ll be seeking out ways to prevent them. While Progesterone is currently being recommended as a treatment option, what can you do now to reduce your risks?
At SureScan, we offer a recurrent miscarriage service to help provide peace of mind and reduce the likelihood of suffering another one. You’ll undergo a comprehensive appointment, and an ultrasound scan will be performed, along with blood tests.
Recurrent miscarriages are diagnosed when you suffer three or more miscarriages. They affect approximately one in every 100 couples who are trying to get pregnant. Suffering a miscarriage can be devastating, but with our recurrent miscarriage service, it can provide peace of mind and identify the risks early on.
Discover more about our recurrent miscarriage service here.