17-Hydroxyprogesterone level as a marker for corpus luteum function in aborters versus nonaborters

J. H. Check, M. M. Vaze, R. Epstein, C. H. Wu, J. Quattrocchi, B. Vetter

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Weekly serum levels of 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP) levels and serum progesterone (P) levels were measured in 378 pregnant women. Normal levels of 17-OHP were established in women taking ovulation-inducing drugs (OVID) versus those conceiving on normal cycles. Weekly levels of 17-OHP were measured in women who aborted and were compared with the established norms. The levels of 17-OHP in aborters were lower than in normals for their specific category established in nonaborters. These results suggest that a failing corpus luteum may contribute to some abortions. Careful attention to 17-OHP levels dropping below normal during the first trimester may alert the clinician to the need to increase progesterone exogenously and possibly prevent an abortion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-115
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Fertility
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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