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Why are we all NOT encouraged to take Baby Asprin???

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CarinaP Sun 13-May-12 21:00:25


I have posted on here quite a bit after my MMC/ERPC in March, i am still waiting for my period which has so far been a VERY long 9 weeks. I have so far been told by the doctors that they won't look into this until i'm past 12 weeks and still no period.

I have been reading online about different fertility treatments and remedies that help thicken the lining of the womb and Baby Asprin/low dosage 81mg has come up every time.

I'm going to go and buy some tomorrow and start taking it as i'm currently ovulating...i'm just wondering why women that have had miscarriages/ectopics arn't encouraged more to take this type of medication...even women that are having a normal pregnancy should be encouraged to take it considering it lowers the risk of miscarriage and not to mention all the other health benefits listed below@

It lowers the risk of the following:

Strokes and heart attacks
A daily aspirin cuts your risk of dying from breast cancer in half and protects against
colon and pancreatic cancers
Premature labour
Preterm labor

I have read that there are some risks of long term use, but to avoid you just need to cut down gradually rather than stop immiediately

Anyone else want to join me in taking baby asprin and see how many BFP's we get????

wifey6 Sun 13-May-12 21:37:54

Daft it just ordinary aspirin?

CarinaP Sun 13-May-12 21:41:12

Yeah its a lower dose of adult asprin. Adult asprin provides 300mg and Baby asprin/lower dose provides 81mg and should not take anymore than this. Hope that helps :-)

LunaticFringe Sun 13-May-12 21:43:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Beamur Sun 13-May-12 21:47:05

I had a mc over 6 years ago and my GP prescribed a low dose of aspirin immediately afterwards.
I now have a 5 yr old DD. I think I stopped taking it once I was pregnant.

CarinaP Sun 13-May-12 21:57:51

@ LunaticFringe, hi i have read that it prevents miscarriage and helps implantation as it helps thicken the lining of your womb as it helps the blood flow better to the uterus. I have read several threads and been on specialist sites that confirm that it is safe to take when ttc throughout your whole cycle so not sure. I will look into the clinic you have mentioned, thanks :-)

Jules125 Sun 13-May-12 22:10:59

Aspirin has been linked with gastrochisis. Although this is rare and treatable, its not very nice. That might be one reason why its not routinely recommended - there are risks as well as benefits to its use in pregnancy.

hairytale Mon 14-May-12 07:45:00

After 3x miscarriages my consultant advised Aspirin after a BFP but not before. Here I am nursing my 16 week old DD. Aspirin thins the blood and helps it circulate and reduces clots which can hinder blood flow around the womb and through the placenta.

hairytale Mon 14-May-12 07:46:44

I took aspirin up to week 36.

BartletForAmerica Mon 14-May-12 09:09:00

"I have read that there are some risks of long term use, but to avoid you just need to cut down gradually rather than stop immiediately"

There is a rather significant risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, which can be fatal, no matter what does you are on.

I would advise anyone considering this not to take advice for a stranger on the internet but to see a doctor to discuss it. The jury is very much still out on if healthy people should take aspirin daily.

AmandinePoulain Mon 14-May-12 09:16:28

After a mc I took aspirin when I got a bfp. I had discussed it with a fertility consultant who told me that the research is mixed, he didn't really advise me either way but said that it probably wouldn't do any harm. However in my case it may have - I took it from 4 weeks, then started spotting at 5+. A scan at 6 weeks showed a healthy hb but a small bleed next to the sac. I stopped the aspirin immediately and the bleeding stopped. It could have been a coincidence but aspirin has been linked to bleeding during pregnancy.

That's interesting about gastroschisis jules, I nurse babies with that and I hadn't heard about the link with aspirin. It is treatable but rarely babies do die from it and usually spend months in hospital not being fed orally.

I would be very cautious about aspirin to be honest, it's not a miracle cure.

iloveberries Mon 14-May-12 14:03:14

interesting thread - will follow with interest as i TTC again following a couple of losses

Pray17 Fri 30-Jun-17 13:43:05

Im a week after a miscarriage. Still spotting blood with positive pregnancy tests. I'm really eager to get pregnant again...I've read if I take a low dose of asprin that will help the linning thicken ready for the egg?

LisaSimpsonsbff Fri 30-Jun-17 17:11:58

There are doctors who think that only women who have clotting issues should take aspirin; that for others it might be not just useless but actively harmful. I absolutely tortured myself over this with my last pregnancy and ended up confused, and still doubt myself over it a lot. I started taking half a tablet of aspirin (so 75mg) a day when I got my bfp (I'd already had two miscarriages) because I'd seen on these boards many women describe it as a miracle cure, and then went to buy baby aspirin a few days later. The woman in boots told me they couldn't sell it to me without a prescription, and when I got home I started looking and found much more mixed information about it. I freaked out about self-medicating like this and stopped taking it. I miscarried for a third time. It did last a bit longer (first two were at five weeks, this one was at seven) so I've wondered ever since whether it was doing me good and the problem was stopping taking it. I'm going to see a consultant in a week and intend to discuss it with them then.

AnneLovesGilbert Fri 30-Jun-17 17:17:54

I'm under a consultant at the recurrent miscarriage clinic and am on baby aspirin for the second half of the month, from ovulation to AF or BFP, then switching to injected clexane/fragmin from BFP. I've been tested for everything but his treatment protocol, whether you have a clotting diagnosis or not is blood thinners.

I'm completely unmedical but he's been treating women with recurrent miscarriage for 16 years with amazing results so I'm following doctor's orders! It's usual NHS RMC in the South East.

Mumblebeebee Fri 30-Jun-17 17:34:34

After many failed IVF attempts I took junior aspirin. My grandmother recommended it. Doctors said it wouldn't harm. I now have two offspring.

My grandmother took a half aspirin every day from a young age, she said it was good for the blood. She lived into her 90's (died decades ago, so she reached a good age).

AnneLovesGilbert Fri 30-Jun-17 18:07:27

So good to hear you have you children now Mumble. Did the clinic never suggest it alongside IVF? I'm afraid I don't know much about IVF but surely it's worth throwing everything and the kitchen sink at it. That's my approach after 4 mcs and no babies yet.

anxiouscrazycatlady Fri 30-Jun-17 18:47:41

I'm feeling the same at the moment, bought baby aspirin today but not sure if I should take it or not. Currently in the process of a possible second miscarriage (heavy bleed and cramps yesterday and hormone levels are low).

CeCeBloomer Sat 01-Jul-17 19:23:49

3 Mc and then took aspirin with dd and ds, wasn't told to do it but when I asked was told it couldn't hurt

Mumblebeebee Sun 02-Jul-17 03:46:21

AnnelovesGilbert, I asked the doctors at the clinic and they said it couldn't harm to take it. My midwife said to reduce it down to nothing from 37 weeks. You don't want thinner blood during birth.

peripateticparents Sun 02-Jul-17 04:53:06

I was wondering the same thing a few years ago and did some serious googling. I seem to recall that it was actually worse if it wasn't 'your' problem that it was rectifying (otherwise we would all be prescribed it). I think the tommy's miscarriage website may have had something on it, if I recall correctly.

Ekphrasis Sun 02-Jul-17 07:45:53

I found a few bits of info and a study showing that it can slightly interfere with implantation. Something to do with lowering prostaglandins.

We were told to take it to help prevent iugr as our son had this. We were told to do so after bfp, by the consultant after his birth, but I couldn't get confirmation from the gp. I had a mc this year and was checked at the hospital. I asked the dr there - she said it couldn't hurt and that it improves the growth and dilation of the blood vessels to the placenta. This was in relation to after a bfp.

I took it after ov last month and had a chemical. I may take after a bfp next time but it does sort of worry me. If I get to 12 weeks I'll probably be put on it.

Migraleve Sun 02-Jul-17 07:49:20

Baby aspirin? What on earth confused

Ekphrasis Sun 02-Jul-17 07:53:30

Several links on this page, although a bit old now.

Crumbs1 Sun 02-Jul-17 07:56:25

Absolutely agree. You can get enteric coated aspirin to reduce gastritis.
The reason it isn't recommended is that most research is not Gold Standard. The breast cancer reduction by the regular use of aspirin was an incidental finding in a completely unrelated piece of research by Harvard (which was looking at long term health of nurses). For there to be national recommendation there would have to be a huge piece of specific research, clinical trials etc. The drug companies aren't about to fund this for something already available as generic compound that is cheap and widely available.

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