Daily Dose of Aspirin Could Help a Woman Get Pregnant

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Women who take a low-dose daily aspirin could find it helps them become pregnant, particularly in women with a history of miscarriage in the past. This is according to new research released by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

The Study

Research teams from the University of Utah and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) suggest that taking 81 mg of aspirin daily could increase a woman’s changes of conceiving by reducing inflammation, thus improving the environment that an embryo would grow in.

As a salicylate drug, aspirin is used for reducing fevers, alleviating inflammation and relieving minor pains and aches. Aspirin is also use an anti-platelet medicine to reduce the chances of stroke and heart attack, in those individuals who are at a high risk.

In recent months, there has been a lot of focus in relation to the health benefits of aspirin. In Medical News Today, a study reports that aspirin could increase the chances of survival for individuals with gastrointestinal cancers, while another study suggests it can help prevent breast cancer.

New research suggests aspirin could result in improving fertility and it gives hope to women everywhere.

Increased Chances of Conception

A woman who takes a daily low-dose aspirin can increase her chances of conception by 17percent. The most recent study involved 1,228 women ages 18-40 who had experienced a miscarriage in the past year. All women in the study were experiencing systemic inflammation.

Compared with females who didn’t take a daily low-dose aspirin, those that took 81 mg each day were 17% more likely to get pregnant and almost 20% more likely to carry an infant to term.

Professor Richard Poulson, the vice president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, suggested that a daily low-dose aspirin increases blood flow to a woman’s pelvis and thickens the uterine lining, which in turn makes it easier for embryo implantation.

Based upon what was found by the research team and the results of previous studies, Professor Poulson believes that a woman who is trying to conceive should take a low-dose aspirin daily to increase her chances of conceiving.

Conclusion:

Presently, the United States Preventative Services Task Force only recommends women use low-dose aspirin after a pregnancy has been established for 12 weeks or longer, noting the drug can produce unwanted side effects, such as internal bleeding.
Many health professionals believe there is insufficient evidence to suggest women should take a daily low-dose aspirin to increase the chances of pregnancy. More research is needed to find out if this option would be beneficial to all women or not.


 
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