Prenatal progesterone and educational attainments.

Author: Dalton K.

Publication Year: 1976

Citation: Br J Psychiatry 1976; 129:438-42.

This study compares educational attainments of 34 children whose mothers received prenatal progesterone with 37 normal and 12 toxemic controls. Results at ages 17-24 showed that progesterone children were more likely to continue schooling after 16 years, a higher number left school with ‘O’ and ‘A’ level grades and more obtained entrance to university. The best academic results were found for children whose mothers had received over 5 grams of progesterone for a minimum of eight weeks, with treatment beginning before week sixteen.