The Aspirin in Your Cupboard Could Help You Get (and Stay) Pregnant

If you have aspirin in your medicine cabinet, you might be able to use it for a rather surprising purpose — to help you get and stay pregnant. 

A new study found that aspirin might actually be helpful to certain types of women who are trying to conceive and women who have suffered pregnancy loss. The study found that aspirin specifically helped women between the ages of 18-40 who had one or two prior pregnancy losses and had elevated levels of hs-CRP, which causes inflammation. Taking a daily dose of aspirin helped these women not only successfully conceive, but they also led to higher birth rates too.  

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So what does all of this mean?

Basically, it means that if you have any type of inflammation in your body, you may have trouble conceiving. Inflammation has been linked to infertility because inflammation in the body is a signal to your body that it's in some kind of stress or danger. So the body interprets that as a sign that it's not a good time to get pregnant. 

And because inflammation can occur from a variety of different causes, from heart disease to diet to simple work stress, in this case, mother nature may not always know best. Taking the aspirin allows the body to lower its inflammation guard, so to speak, thus allowing a woman to get (and stay) pregnant. 

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Although the exact science of how the aspirin works isn't totally known, the study is a promising one for women who might be having trouble conceiving. It gives some hope of a simple solution. 

What you can do:

If you are having trouble conceiving and/or have had one or subsequent pregnancy losses, talk to your doctor about a complete medical workup that includes a blood test. Your blood test can pick up on the marker for inflammation, which is the lab test hs-CRP. You should be aware if you have a condition causing inflammation, even if you aren't trying to get pregnant, because it's an important sign of health. High levels of hs-CRP can help you determine if you have an undiagnosed medical condition, for example. But if you doctor determines the elevation doesn't have a specific cause that can be addressed, aspirin may be helpful for you to help you conceive. 

As always, never start or stop taking any type of medication when trying to get pregnant without talking to your doctor first. Aspirin is a blood thinner, so it's not appropriate for all women to take to try to get pregnant. 

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The Aspirin in Your Cupboard Could Help You Get (and Stay) Pregnant

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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