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Laura Guerrero

Among the thousand and one myths that circulate about conception and pregnancy, is that aspirin causes abortions. This idea has no scientific basis, in fact it is the opposite: aspirin is used, always under medical prescription, in the treatment of certain patients with repeat abortions.

Nor is it true that it serves to protect pregnancy. In fact, the use of aspirin as an analgesic is not recommended during pregnancy. There are safer alternatives such as paracetamol, although better to avoid it as much as possible.

Myths and reality

In a subject as sensitive as that of infertility, it is common to see information about home remedies or miracle products that could benefit (or harm) the desired pregnancy. In the case of aspirin you can find articles that say both that it prevents abortions and quite the opposite. To get rid of doubts, we have consulted with Dr. Rafaela González, director of the assisted reproduction clinic IVI Almería, who explains what is true in this information.

Only in specific cases

Aspirin is a medication that works as a "platelet antiaggregant" or, explained in a simple way, that makes the blood go more fluid.

In reproduction it is used in low doses (infantile aspirin of 100 mg.) In cases of women with thrombophilia or bad blood coagulation:

"It is not true that aspirin causes abortion, rather on the contrary, in certain cases of repeated miscarriages we are using aspirin and also heparin as treatment.There are people who, due to having very high blood coagulation, have a tendency to form microthrombi that usually in the day to day would not affect them at all, but when we get pregnant the embryo that is formed is microscopic and, when it is attached to the mother, the first blood vessels that form are very finite, those small microthrombi could obstruct These glasses are so small and that the blood does not reach the embryo, which could cause an abortion. "

Always under medical prescription

Dr. González emphasizes that this medicine, which should only be taken under medical prescription, is not beneficial for all pregnant women: "there must be an indication, either due to a thrombophilia problem or due to some type of immune disorder, such as for example lupus, "he adds.

It is also currently used according to the result of the resistance test of the uterine arteries (those that carry blood to the uterus) that is done by ultrasound:

"If this resistance is high it will cost more to reach the uterus, in these cases there may be problems such as hypertension in pregnancy or delayed intrauterine growth, in these cases the use of aspirin is also advised to favor the arrival of blood. to the placenta and that the child is better nourished. "

It is removed before delivery

The anticoagulant properties of aspirin cause it to cause more bleeding during delivery, so the treatment is removed before week 34 or 35 of pregnancy to prevent these problems.

What if my pregnancy is normal?

It must be made clear that aspirin will not protect pregnancy. In fact, it is not recommended to take this medicine during pregnancy for colds or headaches. Doctors usually recommend paracetamol in case we do not manage to alleviate the symptoms in another way.

Finally, remember that if you are pregnant or looking for a pregnancy, always remember to consult your doctor any medicine, natural product (infusions), vitamin complex ... that you take or are thinking about taking, as it could have unwanted effects. Aspirin in pregnancy, only in cases recommended by the gynecologist.


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