Should You Take Aspirin While TTC?


If you are currently TTC and have had prior miscarriages, your doctor may have prescribed you a low dose of aspirin to take on a daily basis.  This common practice is based on prior medical research that shows that aspirin can help prevent further miscarriages. 

In a new study done at the NIH (National Institutes of Health), researchers now believe that aspirin doesn't actually reduce the chance of miscarriage but that it actually increases fertility. Their study was made up of women between the ages of 18 and 40.  The women were broken into two groups.  One group took a combination of folic acid and aspirin each day.  The other group did the same except had a placebo in place of the aspirin. The researchers found that 78 percent of the women who has been taking the aspirin combination became pregnant as opposed to only 66 percent of the women who were taking the placebo.

While these results could imply that we should start adding aspirin to our TTC toolbox, many doctors and the researchers themselves are telling everyone to hold off.  Everyone agrees that there are many other factors to consider.  One is that for many years doctors actually told us that aspirin was dangerous to take while trying to conceive, especially for older women and those with blood disorders. The study also didn’t specifically look at women who had miscarried in the past. It could be that aspirin works differently for women with a history of miscarriages. Another important thing to consider is that this is the first study to counter the claim that women should only take aspirin while TTC if they have had one or two miscarriages and have been prescribed it by their doctor. Most importantly though, is that the researchers at NIH know that they need to do further research before they make a conclusive stand on the issue of aspirin and who it helps while trying to conceive.

What I take away from this current research is not necessarily whether or not aspirin is the magic ticket for conception, but what aspirin does to the body and the implications for TTC.  Since aspirin thins the blood, it more than likely increases fertility because there is better blood flow to the uterus.  I think that that is why doctors are also encouraging women to use massage and acupuncture as well.  Each of these therapies also focuses on increasing blood flow and also (hopefully) the chances of conception. 

So, here is to increasing the blood flow to the uterus and a BFP!!!!  Smile

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