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Oral progestererone for maintenance tocolysis after arrested preterm labor: A meta-analysis

By Rose Ann S. Palma, MD and Irene B. Quinio, MD, FPOGS
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Medical City

The consequences of preterm birth not only for the baby but also for the mother has been well documented over the years. Numerous interventions have been tried and tested and yet it is still a significant problem to date. Progesterone has been documented to be an effective prophylactic drug against preterm labor for those considered at high risk for developing the condition. However, little is known about its effectiveness when given in oral form as a maintenance tocolysis for those who already suffered from an acute episode or preterm labor.