Progesterone to Prevent Preterm Delivery

  • End date
    Jan 23, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    The University of Hong Kong
Updated on 23 January 2021


Preterm birth (PTB) is a major challenge to perinatal health. It is defined as delivery before 37 completed gestational weeks. It accounts for 75% of perinatal deaths and more than 50% of long-term neurological disabilities, and it is the second most common cause of death in children under the age of 5 year. Neonates born preterm are at risk of respiratory distress syndrome, chronic lung disease, retinopathy of prematurity, necrotizing enterocolitis, intraventricular haemorrhage and sepsis in the short term, as well as cerebral palsy, motor and sensory impairment, learning difficulties, and increased risk of chronic disease in long run. It is estimated that the societal cost of PTB is $26 billion annually in the USA alone.

Until now, prevention or reduction of PTB is based on identification of risk factors in obstetrical history, biochemical markers and short cervix. History of PTB and asymptomatic short cervix at the second trimester are both strong predictors for PTB. In women with asymptomatic short cervix at the second trimester, vaginal progesterone could effectively reduce PTB. Universal cervical length screening followed by treatment with vaginal progesterone has been shown to be the most cost effective strategy in preventing PTB. These findings were confirmed in meta-analysis.

Nevertheless, only minority of women may benefit from progesterone treatment if it was being started at the second trimester. There is still a large proportion of PTB, which is currently not preventable, and the current approach to prevent PTB is far from ideal.

One possible hypothesis is that the initiation of progesterone treatment would be too late for its effect to take place. Therefore, we decide to use oral progesterone in the current study. The objective of the study is to determine whether early use of progesterone can prevent PTB better when compared with universal screening of cervical length and followed by treatment with progesterone in those with short cervix.

Condition Premature Birth, Premature, Pre-Term, preterm delivery, preterm birth, premature delivery
Treatment Placebo Oral Tablet, Dydrogesterone Oral Tablet
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03428685
SponsorThe University of Hong Kong
Last Modified on23 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

All women age 18 years old
Confirmed intrauterine singleton pregnancy
Gestational age less than 14 completed weeks as defined by pelvic ultrasound

Exclusion Criteria

Silent miscarriage: mean gestational sac diameter 25 mm without fetal pole, or embryo with crown rump length 7 mm and no heartbeat, or no interval growth
Suspected ectopic pregnancy
Multiple pregnancy with silent miscarriage of one twin
Heavy vaginal bleeding requiring surgical intervention
Severe abdominal pain requiring surgical intervention
Presence of fever
History of adverse reaction to progesterone
History of breast or genital tract malignancy
History of suspected thromboembolic disease
Congenital uterine anomaly
Unwillingness or inability to comply with study procedures
Known paternal or maternal abnormal karyotype
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