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Will Aspirin Help Get me Pregnant?

For the average woman trying to conceive, Aspirin won’t make a
difference in improving pregnancy outcome. However, there are  rare
cases where taking a  baby aspirin a day may help maintain a pregnancy. Infertility is defined as the inability of a couple getting pregnant after trying for 12 months. Many couples who are unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant desperately search for alternative methods that may improve their chances of having a baby.

About 80% of couples with infertility have one or more of only these three problems:

  1. Sperm problems (e.g. not enough sperms)
  2. Ovulation Problems (e.g. no ovulation)
  3. Pelvic problems (e.g. inability of the fallopian tubes to transport egg and/or sperms)

So when you are having difficulties getting pregnant, your first goal should be to see a doctor find out whether you have any of these problems. Once one of these problems has been identified as being the culprit, it can then be treated differently.

Aspirin will not increase the sperm count, nor will it help improving ovulation, or open up clogged fallopian tubes, so the average women does not improve her chances of conceiving if she takes a Baby Aspirin a day.

So is it a myth that Aspirin will help you get you pregnant?
Let’s see where this suggestion comes from. Studies have shown that  if you have a rare condition called ‘antiphopholipid antibody syndrome’ (APS), baby aspirin may improve your pregnancy outcome.

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a so-called "autoimmune disorder" that’s characterized by the presence of significant levels of antiphospholipid antibodies in your blood. It is also often associated with several other problems such as recurrent miscarriages (more than 2-3 pregnancy losses in a row), blood clots, or autoimmune low platelet counts.

In pregnancy, phospholipids act like a sort of glue that holds the dividing cells together, and are necessary for growth of the placenta into the wall of the uterus and they also filter nourishment from the mother's blood to the baby, and in turn, filter the baby's waste back through the placenta.

If a woman carries these antibodies that may indicate that this will interrupt the ability of the phospholipids to do their job, putting the woman at risk for miscarriage, second trimester loss, intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) and preeclampsia. And taking a baby aspirin may prevent this from happening.

So how often is APS responsible for a miscarriage?
About 50-60% of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage, and most miscarriages are due to abnormalities in the growth of the embryo or fetus. For example, up to 60% of spontaneous abortions have abnormal chromosomes. Only 1-2 % of women have a recurrent miscarriage. And less than 10% of these 1-2 % of women with recurrent pregnancy loss have Antiphospholipid Syndrome as a cause for their pregnancy loss, so it’s a rare condition.

Some doctors believe that antiphospholipid antibodies are associated with certain forms of infertility, specifically those associated with miscarriages. So they treat women with recurrent losses with low dose  baby aspirin or heparin plus low dose aspirin (80 to 100 mg. per day). In addition, some studies have shown that pregnancy is improved in women who have IVF and take a baby aspirin a day.

While there are some women who may benefit from taking aspirin, for the average women trying to get pregnant, baby aspirin will not improve her chances of getting pregnant.

If you have difficulties getting pregnant, you should see your doctor and discuss which steps to take to find out the cause of your problems.

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By: della On: Mar 30, 2006  1:33PM

WELL im very young and i had sex for the first time about 2 weeks ago..i have been having stomach craps and pians in my upper stomach..but my period is very iiregular..i havent had a period in like 2 years ago..and when i did i only what should i do..i looked for all my sytoms breast havent got bigger or anything...i need to know i need not sure if im so scared that i convinced my self or what???help

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By: wenbry On: Jun 7, 2006  8:36AM

Della, If you are underage, you can still go to a doctor, and the doctor will not tell your parents anything of the visit. My daughter is 12 and her pediatrician made me step out of the room while she examined her. It doesn't sound as if your pregnant, just from what you've posted on here, but you can always take a home pregnancy test to be sure. Don't worry, honey!

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By: ladye On: Jun 7, 2006  9:27PM

I've been trying to pregnant for over 11 years. My last pregnancy was 11 years ago, stillborn. I know i need to see a fertility specialist, but I don't have any insurance. Are there any pills that I can take to try to get pregnant?

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By: pamelat On: Jul 24, 2006  11:53AM

Ladye...You may not check this site anymore but my suggestion would be to have your husband's sperm tested. It is under $200 to have done and it will save you a lot of heartache because it seems like you think it is your problem you haven't gotten pregnant.

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By: Paula0471 On: May 7, 2007  5:27AM

Dr. Amos, I am seeing an RE and had an HSG done (HSG showed everything clear and in good shape). I had a successful pregnancy 17 years ago. Since then I have had several miscarriages and was told I could have had many more without knowing. I have PCOS and took clomid for 11 cycles back in 01/02/03. I took a couple of years off from trying and returned back to an RE in March. I am now on my second month of clomid. My question is.. Normally when I have surgeries (lap) my doctors have always prescribed me coumidin because my blood is thick and they have been afraid I would end up with a blood clot. Because of this I think my body would probably benefit from taking a baby aspirin a day. Do you think this would hurt me, my chances of conceiving and my future unborn baby? What are the risk? Would I possibly benefit from it for fertility issues? Also.. Below is my husbands Semen Anaysis from 08/20/03 Liquification: Complete Motility: 80% Mobility: 4+ Volume: 2.0 Count: 225 million/ml % of Abnormal Sperm: None seen Agglutination: 0 Going by this I'm the one with the fertility problem. Even though I ovulate fine on the clomid. My mid luteal progesterone was 27.6 this past month with no pregnancy results. I'm starting my second month of clomid today. Cycle is running 34 days, ovulating around CD 20. I'm now 36 and feel that I am running out of time :( I am on a good diet and eat and drink NO sugars. I am also caffeine free. I try to eat low fat and only eat complex carbs. I

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