The consumption of low-dose aspirin on a daily basis might help women who have had miscarriages in the past to conceive, according to a new research.
Taking 81 mg of aspirin everyday can allegedly enhance the possibility of a woman becoming pregnant. The new paper was presented this week at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting in Baltimore by researchers from the University of Utah and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
The 1,228 participants of the study who had all experienced miscarriages a year ago had systemic inflammation. When the women who did not take aspirin daily were compared with those taking 81 mg everyday, it was found that the latter were 17 % more likely to conceive. Furthermore, they were also 20 % more likely to have a successful birth.
The daily dose of aspirin increases women’s likelihood to conceive because it allegedly decreases systemic inflammation, thereby catering for a safer environment for the embryo to grow in.
It is to be noted that past studies suggested increased chance of conception associated with aspirin which would cause greater blood flow to the pelvis and thickening of the uterus lining.
Based on these conclusions, Prof. Richard Poulson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, says that women could boost their chances of conceiving by taking aspirin daily.
“Unless they are allergic or have a gastric condition, I would certainly advise them to take it, there is no harm,” he says. “Many people use it routinely, including in our clinics. We have been doing this for many years.”
Would this apply to all women? Some health experts deem the evidence to be insufficient to recommend the daily consumption of aspirin for all women. They also warn of potential side effects such as internal bleeding.
“My impression is that most doctors think aspirin would be beneficial in a sub-group of women, but would there be benefits for all women? My impression is it is probably too blunt an instrument,” says Dr. Stuart Lavery, consultant gynecologist at Imperial College London in the UK.