One Aspirin A Day Helps Woman Conceive After Seven Years Of Failed IVF Treatments

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A couple that spent seven years and almost $24,000 for fertility treatments trying to conceive a child finally had a healthy baby boy thanks to one simple pill: aspirin.

Sarah Broadfield thought she would never have children after seven dialed IVF attempts and two miscarriages, but when her doctor recommended she take one dosage of aspirin each day she became pregnant. In August, Broadfield and her husband’s son Alfie was born, weighing in at a healthy 8lb.

"Finally holding Alfie in my arms after everything we've been through was the best moment of my life,” Broadfield said, “and it's all thanks to me taking an aspirin a day.”

Aspirin, which has been celebrated for its blood-thinning qualities, is often used as a means of preventing strokes and possibly for reducing the risk of cancer. In Broadfield’s case, because she had been diagnosed with Antiphospholipid Syndtrome (a disorder that increases a person’s risk of blood clots), the aspirin decreased her risk of having a stillbirth or miscarriage.

Though the solution to Broadfield’s problem was simple, the journey toward diagnose was not.

"The first [miscarriage] was the most devastating because I really thought [the IVF] would work. Even though I knew it wasn't my fault, I blamed myself,” Broadfield said. "When it happened for a second time, we started to wonder if there was a serious problem."

Following the two miscarriages at eight weeks, the couple was referred to Liverpool Miscarriage Clinic, where Broadfield was diagnosed with AS. Though Broadfield is still unsure of why she can’t become pregnanct naturally, the AS diagnosis was an excellent explanation for her miscarriages.

Embarking on the final round of IVF, Broadfield followed the doctor’s instructions to take aspirin each day, alongside an anti-clotting injection. During a six week scan, Broadfield and her husband couldn’t believe their luck when doctors reassured them that they would have a child.

Broadfield noted that just as Alfie was born he went quiet and she panicked, but he soon began to cry. Broadfield called the moment “surreal”.

Broadfield said that for her aspirin is modern-day magic and the couple has kept a box of it in their kitchen cupboard since Alfie’s birth.

Source: Express


 
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