There is an obstetrical tragedy manifested by a late-term miscarriage, euphemistically called a “preterm birth”. The positive side to this is that this condition is amenable to a pharmaceutical intervention which can prevent it. There is a drug called Makena, chemically known as hydroxyprogesterone caproate. This drug is given by injection, once a week, at a cost ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 a shot. However, compounding pharmacies can provide the exact preparation at a cost of about $95 per shot.
Unfortunately, the FDA, whose primary concern is protecting the concerns of drug companies and not the concerns of consumers, has threatened to shut down any pharmacy that compounds this medication. But let’s skip to the bottom line. There is a much better and healthier approach to this problem that is ignored by traditional medicine, namely, the use of bio-identical progesterone in the form of a vaginal suppository.
First off, Makena is a progestin – it is synthetic, not natural, and has a number of unpleasant side effects. Bio-identical progesterone is the exact hormone that is produced by the placenta when a woman is pregnant. The use of this suppository has a number of applications with regard to pregnancy.
Consider the following: 1) the number one reason for difficulty conceiving is a low progesterone, 2) it can eliminate morning sickness, 3) it can prevent a miscarriage in the first trimester, 4) it can eliminate hyperemesis gravidarum, 5) it can eliminate post-partum depression, 6) it can probably prevent toxemia and gestational diabetes, and 7) it is a much better choice for women at risk of a preterm birth.
An advantage of using progesterone suppositories throughout the pregnancy, is that the mother will have an extremely happy baby who will turn out to be very intelligent – a feature which will stay with the child for many years. The monthly cost is much less than the shots mentioned earlier.
One further advantage, in this case the FDA cannot dispute the use of bio-identical progesterone suppositories because compounding pharmacies will not be competing with the synthetic drugs provided by Big Pharma.
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