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May 8th, 2006, 05:39 AM
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I was just wondering if anyone has taken this? Both of my babies were premature and this time around the specialist I saw said if I ever got pregnant again I should take progesterone weekly during the second trimester to try to prevent preterm labor. Does anyone have experience with this? Do you think it helped?
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May 9th, 2006, 11:17 AM
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Hey Claire
I started taking progestrone shots at 19 weeks. I take one a week and will until 36 weeks. I think it's helped me, personally. Did the doctors ever figure out what causes your labor? Your water just broke both times didnt it??? The doctors will probably warn you that no insurance will cover it. I was really worried when they told us that because I figured it'd be like $100 per shot or something, but we decided that anything that would help me carry longer would be worth it. Much to my surprise when I went to the pharmacy w/ the checkbook I find out that one perscription (10 doses) is $49.90
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May 12th, 2006, 10:52 AM
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I think it's a fairly new practice as some studies about the benefits were just published last winter. DS was 6 weeks early and when i was pg last fall they had me see a specialist in high risk pregnancies and he didn't mention it at all.

Then a couple of months later i saw an article on msn.com or something about a study that had been done that showed giving progesterone injections late in the 2nd trimester helped prevent preterm labor. When i started seeing a new OB in January the injections were one of the things he mentioned that he'd like me to do once i got pg (around week 20 or so).
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May 22nd, 2006, 07:57 PM
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My first son was born at 28 weeks. And when I got pregnant this time my doctor recommended progesterone. I did not have insurance, but I decided it was worth anything to keep this baby in longer! Here in Ohio the company that they went through, for 10 doses (one a week) it was 150.00 and you had to buy that twice. I started at 20 weeks and my son was born one day shy of 37 weeks! I definetly think that it helped! And I will take it again if I ever get pregnant again! Prematurity runs in my family, and doctors say it is genetic, so hopefully as time goes on the meds that they can give you will only get better and stronger!
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May 24th, 2006, 02:35 PM
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I started the p17 shots at 16 weeks. I also had a cerclage placed at 12 weeks. From what I understand, the shots are a godsend, and no one is really sure why! He11, I don't really care why, as long as they work.

I paid out-of-pocket $96 for my shots and the batch is good for 10 weeks... so really it's not so much - $10 per week to break it down. Personally I don't care if insurance will cover it or not. It's worth it. The statistics for prevention of premature delivery due to p17 are too phenomenal to ignore..
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June 6th, 2006, 07:16 PM
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Hi, I'm Tracy
I'm on progesterone, started it at almost 21wks. I was hesitant to try it at first since It's fairly newly used in pregnancy. I wanted to talk to women who have used it before. I was so excited when a friend of mine found this website for me. I'm having my 5th child in Aug/06. My first pregnancy was perfect, strickly by the book, everything happened like it was desrcibed in the book, "What to Expect..." When I was pregnant with my second child I dilated 2cm at 32wks. From that moment on I became high risk. I went on bedrest until I was fullterm. When I was pregnant with my third child my water broke at 29wks, at that point I was admitted and at 31wks I delivered. When I was pregnant with my fourth child I dilated again at 32wks, I went on bedrest until I was fullterm. At that time progesterone wasn't being offered in pregnancy. That was 6 years ago. Now it's offered and I hope that it works and possibly keep me off bedrest. I'll be 30wks this week and getting close to my 32wk mark. If there is anyone that has any information for me concerning this shot please let me know. So Claire, I will let you know how the shot will work for me, but you really should consider it since you already had two preterm births.
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