Effects progestogel for postpartum engorgement of the breast

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Background. Severe breast engorgement can cause substantial discomfort for mothers and interfere with an infant’s ability to feed at the breast.

Aim of the study was to clarify the possibility of the influence of percutaneous the progesterone-containing gel (progestogel) to eliminate strong postpartum engorgement of the breast in lactating women.

Materials and methods. 23 patients were examined. The progestogel for transdermal therapy in an amount of 2.5-3 g was applied to the breast. Before application and after 20 min application progestogel measured the density of the mammary glands with the help of tonometer.

Results. According to our observations, application of 2.5-3g of the progestogel on the breast skin is not leading to reduction of breast swelling, engorgement and tenderness.

Conclusions. Transdermal application progestogel does not reduce the degree of engorgement of the mammary glands in the postpartum period.

Nikolai P Alekseev

Author for correspondence.
Saint Petersburg State University
Russian Federation

Professor of Department Physiology, Faculty of biology

Nadejda E Тalalaeva

FSBSI “The Research Institute of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductology named after D.O. Ott”
Russian Federation

Med. Dr

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