I had a scare during my first pregnancy that involved a startling amount of bleeding, a rushed trip to the hospital, and a couple of hours hooked to a fetal monitor. As it turned out, everything was perfectly fine -- but I'll never forget the heart-dropping feeling that everything we'd been hoping for was about to come crashing down around us.
Imagine if I'd been able to take a single test, right then, that would have determined my progesterone levels and informed me whether or not I was headed for a miscarriage? That's the possibility raised in a new study published today. For women experiencing cramping and bleeding, a progesterone test may be able to help distinguish between a viable and nonviable pregnancy.
It all sounds very interesting ... but I can't help thinking about the utterly devastating possibility of false results.