Preliminary prospective study of the endocrinology of conception cycles and early pregnancy in women with antiphospholipid syndrome treated with low molecular weight heparin.

PRAKASH, Alka, LAIRD, Susan, LI, Tin C and LEDGER, William L (2006). Preliminary prospective study of the endocrinology of conception cycles and early pregnancy in women with antiphospholipid syndrome treated with low molecular weight heparin. Fertility and sterility, 85 (1), 165-170.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2005.07.128...
Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2005.07.1288

Abstract

OBJECTIVE : To examine whether there were any differences in the endocrinological profiles during conception cycle and early pregnancy between a control group and women with a history of recurrent miscarriage that was caused by antiphospholipid syndrome and that was treated with aspirin and low molecular weight heparin.

DESIGN : Prospective observational study.

SETTING : Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in a tertiary care centre.

PATIENT(S) : Five women with recurrent pregnancy loss were recruited as cases, whereas another five women having natural cycle donor insemination were used as control.

INTERVENTION(S) : Serial measurement of serum beta-hCG, activin A, and inhibin A was performed from postovulatory day 12 until 11 weeks of gestation.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S) : Comparison of levels of beta-hCG, activin A, and inhibin A at the time of conception onwards till 11 weeks in the two groups.

RESULT(S) : There were no significant differences between the two groups.

CONCLUSION(S) : There does not appear to be any obvious endocrinological alteration in the conception cycle of women with antiphospholipid syndrome compared with a control group. Furthermore, the initiation of heparin does not produce a significant change in activin A and inhibin A levels.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2005.07.1288
Depositing User: Jamie Young
Date Deposited: 28 May 2015 10:52
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 10:52
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9907

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