Friday, July 17, 2015

Low molecular weight heparin does not help women with recurrent miscariages

Patients with recurrent miscarriages ( recurrent abortions, RPL or recurrent pregnancy losses, or habitual abortion) are very frustrating to treat, because nothing seems to work consistently.
It's become very popular for gynecologists to prescribe heparin injections for these women. These  are expensive and painful, but are being marketed very aggressively by pharma companies. Doctors are happy to prescribe these, in the misguided belief that "something is better than nothing" !
However, a study published by Ekkehard Schleussner, MD, PhD, from Friedrich Schiller University Hospital, Jena, Germany in the May 5 2015 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) does not increase ongoing pregnancy or live-birth rates in women with a viable pregnancy and unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL).
Sadly, most doctors will never read the study -  and no pharma company is going to share it with doctors either ! Patients with RPL will continue to be over-treated.

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