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Could Viagra Lower the Risk of Placental Insufficiency

Written by Ankin Law Office

Clinical trials show that Viagra given to expectant mothers may reduce placental insufficiency dangers, fetal distress, and emergency C-section birth rates.

Viagra Clinical Trials

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a recent clinical trial study showing that Viagra may reduce emergency operative birth rates by as much as 51 percent. The study which took place between 2015 and 2019 in Australia and New Zealand showed promising evidence that Viagra, known as sildenafil citrate in generic form, may be helpful in reducing placental insufficiency. 

The Viagra clinical trial involved 300 pregnant women. Once the women reached 38 weeks, half were given sildenafil citrate and half were given a placebo. Test results of the group taking sildenafil citrate showed a 51 percent drop in emergency operative birth rates and a 43 percent drop in pathologic heart rate patterns. The trial also showed promising results for reducing emergency c-sections and treatments for severe fetal growth restriction which often results in low birth weight and and newborn complications.

Placental Insufficiency Dangers

Placental insufficiency happens when blood flow between the fetus and the placenta decreases. When this occurs, the fetus is robbed of esssential amounts of oxygen, blood, and vital nutrients. Although placental insufficiency can occur at different stages of pregnancy, it is more common in the second and third trimesters when complications can be more dangerous. Placental insufficiency poses significant injury risks to both the mother and the fetus. It is caused by a variety of maternal medical conditions including:

  • Blood thinner medications
  • Gestational diabetes
  • HELLP syndrome
  • Maternal blood clots
  • Smoking during pregnancy
  • Using illegal drugs during pregnancy

In some cases, birth injury lawyers see injuries from placental insufficiency that occur during natural labor and delivery. If blood and oxygen levels drop too low during contractions, asphyxia can occur from fetal distress. Birth asphyxia caused from oxygen deprivation is a leading cause of emergency Cesarean (c-section) births, as well as cases of cerebral palsy and perinatal deaths seen by many Chicago birth injury lawyers.

Viagra is a well-known, popular drug used for erectile dysfunction with more than 64 million prescriptions written each year. The drug increases blood flow to the pelvic area by relaxing the muscles in blood vessels. Recent clinical trials show that sildenafil citrate increases blood flow to the uterus and the placenta during pregnancy and labor with minimal side effects to the mother or the fetus when taken in proper doses.  

Categories: Medical Malpractice