A recent study found that aspirin may help increase chances of live birth to women who had recent history of pregnancy loss.
Could aspirin work as a fertility aid? We used aspirin as an all-around painkiller
for headaches, muscle pains, and a drug for fever.
Aspirin may help women with one or two miscarriages carry birth to term (c) Bayer
made by researchers from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which is under the US National Institutes of Health, showed that a low-dose aspirin (81 mg) daily may help improve live birth rates in women who recently had pregnancy loss.
That means that a dose of aspirin every day may help women with a recent history of miscarriage successfully carry a pregnancy to term.
Researchers based their conclusions on data gleaned from a large placebo-controlled trial
that examined the effects of aspirin to fecundity. The study included more than 1,200 women, which had a recent history of one or two miscarriages.
The participants were either given a dose of aspirin or placebo and were followed for up to 6 menstrual cycles. Those who ended up getting pregnant were given aspirin for up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. C-reactive protein levels were measured at baseline and during followups.
C-reactive protein is a marker of inflammation. Doctors believe that too high inflammation levels
cause failure of carrying a pregnancy to term.
In the study, aspirin caused higher live birth rates in women who had very high c-reactive protein levels and also appeared to reduce c-reactive levels in the bloodstream. The increase is significant, up to 59%, compared to placebo at 44%. Aspirin did not have any effect on birth rates in women with normal or low c-reactive protein levels.
Other fertility aid medications worked to increase ovulation in women, increase the likelihood of fertilization, or thicken the lining of the womb. In this study, aspirin showed that it can help women with certain health issues carry the pregnancy to term.
Aspirin is not included
in any drug pregnancy categories, which means it is not known to be harmful nor safe to pregnant patients. In the study, women who took aspiring during pregnancy successfully gave birth to healthy babies.
History of miscarriages reduce a woman's ability to conceive.
It is not yet the time to take aspirin to increase chances of conceiving anytime soon. If you are pregnant, it is highly recommended to talk to your doctor first before taking any medicine at term.
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