TAKING aspirin five days a week can lower the risk of pregnancy loss, experts have claimed.
Trial data shows that women who were trying to conceive and who had experienced previous pregnancy losses had better outcomes when taking the pain killer.
New research shows that women who take aspirin five times a week have a ‘better chance’ of conceivingCredit: Alamy
Experts at Emory University and the National Institute of Health used data from the Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction (EAGeR) trial.
They found that the benefits of taking aspirin was stronger for women who started taking it before pregnancy and weaker if they started taking it after the sixth week of gestation – this would be when a woman is six weeks pregnant.
As part of the study, the experts examined the effects of preconception-initiated low dose aspirin treatment on pregnancy loss and live birth .
For this they focused on 1,227 women who were trying to conceive after one or two previous pregnancy losses.
The experts found that women who were taking low-dose aspirin daily before the pregnancy did not have better outcomes.
However they noted that not all of the patients in the trial adhered to the aspirin protocol.
Aspirin could help women who are trying to conceive – but you should always speak to your GP before starting new medication Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The experts used the EAGer trial to compare the chances of pregnancy, pregnancy loss and live births that would have occurred under high levels of adherence to aspirin versus a placebo drug.
The analysis showed that patients who stuck to taking low-dose aspirin for five to seven days a week led to eight more pregnancies.
It also found that those who took aspirin regularly had six fewer pregnancy losses and ultimately 15 more live births for every 100 women in the trial.
The authors said that these findings show that aspirin could be effective when looking at reproductive outcomes for women who are trying to conceive.
You should seek medical advise if you’re pregnant and you want to start taking new medication.
The NHS states that most medicines taken during pregnancy cross the placenta and reach the baby.
It states: “Before taking any medicine when you’re pregnant, including painkillers, check with your pharmacist, midwife or GP that it’s suitable.
“When deciding whether to take a medicine during pregnancy, it’s important to find out about the possible effects of that medicine on your baby.
“This is the case both for medicines prescribed by a doctor and for medicines you buy from a pharmacy or shop.”