Meet the St. John Paul II Fellows for 2015–2016

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The St. John Paul II Fellows for 2015–2016 (left to right): Dr. Melissa Taavola, Dr. Kathleen McGlynn, and Dr. Alexis Simon.

Every year, thanks to your support, the St. John Paul the Great Fellowship Program trains post-graduate OB-GYN physicians from around the country in NaProTechnology. Our three outstanding 2015–2016 Fellows are, from left to right:

  • Dr. Melissa Taavola from Hartland, Wisconsin. She enjoys hiking, travel, mission work in Haiti, the University of Wisconsin Badgers, and the Green Bay Packers. “Women deserve the best possible care for their reproductive health by diagnosing and treating the underlying problem.”
  • Dr. Kathleen McGlynn from Tallahassee, Florida. She enjoys running, sports, music, and skies. “I came to the Institute with the hope of expanding my knowledge and skills to be able to take care of women in the best way I possibly can.”
  • Dr. Alexis Simon from Maryville, Missouri. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Don, and two awesome children, Chase and Adalynn. “I am so excited to be spending a year at the NaPro mecca of the world!”

To learn more about the St. John Paul the Great Fellowship in Medical & Surgical NaProTechnology, please visit popepaulvi.com/fellowship.

Institute publishes largest study of its kind

The Pope Paul VI Institute publishes largest study of its kind on the safety of progesterone use in pregnancy

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A progesterone molecule.

In the December 2015 issue of Issues in Law & Medicine, the Pope Paul VI Institute published the largest research study of its kind on fetal safety with the use of progesterone in pregnancy. The authors of this study were Thomas W. Hilgers, MD, the Director of the Pope Paul VI Institute, and Associate Medical Consultants Catherine E. Keefe, MD and Kristina A. Pakiz, MD.

This study covered a total of 1,310 pregnancies that had been supported by bioidentical, or naturally-occurring, progesterone and the outcome of those pregnancies based on any problems that may have occurred in the babies (from 1979 – 2014). The results were compared to a second group of 453 pregnancies that did not receive progesterone during the course of their pregnancies. The group receiving progesterone was considered to be at a higher risk for problems than the control group primarily because of the large number of patients who had reproductive abnormalities in that particular group. The overall incidence of fetal anomalies observed in patients who took progesterone and those who did not take progesterone was identical: 2.2%. While there have been other studies on the fetal safety of progesterone, this study’s sample size was 2.5 times larger than any previous study of its kind.

The study concluded that bio-identical progesterone posed no risk of teratogenicity or malformations when used to support pregnancy, either in the early or later days of gestation.

Between 150–200 pregnancies are managed each month at the Pope Paul VI Institute with progesterone support.

Meet the St. John Paul II Fellows for 2015–2016

The St. John Paul II Fellows for 2015–2016 (left to right): Dr. Melissa Taavola, Dr. Kathleen McGlynn, and Dr. Alexis Simon.

The St. John Paul II Fellows for 2015–2016 (left to right): Dr. Melissa Taavola, Dr. Kathleen McGlynn, and Dr. Alexis Simon.

Every year, thanks to your support, the St. John Paul the Great Fellowship Program trains post-graduate OB-GYN physicians from around the country in NaProTechnology. Our three outstanding 2015–2016 Fellows are, from left to right:

  • Dr. Melissa Taavola from Hartland, Wisconsin. She enjoys hiking, travel, mission work in Haiti, the University of Wisconsin Badgers, and the Green Bay Packers. “Women deserve the best possible care for their reproductive health by diagnosing and treating the underlying problem.”
  • Dr. Kathleen McGlynn from Tallahassee, Florida. She enjoys running, sports, music, and skies. “I came to the Institute with the hope of expanding my knowledge and skills to be able to take care of women in the best way I possibly can.”
  • Dr. Alexis Simon from Maryville, Missouri. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Don, and two awesome children, Chase and Adalynn. “I am so excited to be spending a year at the NaPro mecca of the world!”

To learn more about the St. John Paul the Great Fellowship in Medical & Surgical NaProTechnology, please visit popepaulvi.com/fellowship.