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Can Aspirin Help You Conceive?

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Scientists have discovered that low doses of aspirin could increase the chances of getting pregnant.

But before you jump the gun and go and buy out your pharmacy, consider the facts:

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health wanted to test the theory that many doctors already believe—a low-dose aspirin regimen can help women who have had miscarriages get pregnant again. To do so, the scientists assigned 1,000 women who had past miscarriages to take aspirin or a placebo, daily. Researchers then kept track of the women as they tried to get pregnant.

While there was no difference in the pregnancy loss rate between the groups of women, there was an increase in likeliness of conceiving for those taking aspirin.

According to the Daily Mail, "Women who had experience[d] a single, recent pregnancy loss had an increased rate of pregnancy and live birth while taking a daily aspirin tablet."

Women on the placebo only had a 66 percent chance of becoming pregnant, compared to the 78 percent chance for women taking aspirin. Even more encouraging were the numbers of full-term births: 62 percent of women who had a single recent miscarriage had a live birth while on the aspirin regimen (compared to 53 percent on the placebo).

While not much else is known about the effects of aspirin on women trying to conceive, researchers hope to look into the benefits more thoroughly. Ultimately, they believe that the reason for the increased probability of pregnancy is because of the drug's property of increasing blood flow, specifically to the womb.

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