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Duphaston in 5th week of pregnancy

02/17/2010

Question:

Hi, I am 28 years old with a 7 years child. I tried for getting pregnant again and had 2 miscarriages in 2006 and 2009 both during the first trimester. I am again pregnant for 5 weeks and doctor has prescribed Duphaston 10mg twice a day along with Folic Acid. Kindly advice how does it helps at this time.

Answer:

Duphaston is a form of progesterone that can be taken by mouth. Progesterone is a naturally occurring hormone made by the ovary that helps maintain a pregnancy until the placenta takes over hormone production after the first 2-3 months. Studies have indicated that taking progesterone supplements early in pregnancy decreases the chance of a miscarriage. Progesterone therapy is usually continued until 10 weeks pregnant if the pregnancy appears to be healthy. At approximately 7 weeks pregnant, ultrasound will show a fetus with visible heart activity if the pregnancy is healthy.

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Response by:

William W Hurd, MD William W Hurd, MD
Professor of Reproductive Biology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University