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The answer is yes, according to a recent medical study. The EAGeR Trial (The Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction), studied the effects of low-dose aspirin (81‑mg tablet) in women who had experienced 2 or more pregnancy losses with no previous history of infertility and the results were promising. Of approximately 1200 women who participated in the medical study, 9.2% had successful pregnancies and delivered healthy babies.

Why is this important? Because a common over-the-counter medicine that costs about $15.00 for a bottle of 400 tablets might save a pregnant woman from having a miscarriage or a second-trimester pregnancy loss. In fact, according to the lead researcher of the study at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the entire treatment only cost $2.00 per patient. Dr. Enrique Schisterman, believes the treatment works because low-dose-aspirin reduces inflammation and improves blood flow by decreasing the number of platelets in the body.

Platelets are cells in the body that help form blood clots which prevents excessive bleeding. During pregnancy, the body is at risk for making too many blood clots which can cause pregnancy losses, strokes and blood clots to the lungs. There are also genetic conditions classified as autoimmune disease that causes pregnancy losses because of their association with increased clotting. In the past, previous studies have shown low-dose-aspirin to be effective in treating women with Lupus and pre-eclampsia. I am reminded of a patient who had 4 miscarriages even after she had received a cerclage (a special stitch around the cervix) for treatment of her weak cervix. During the 5th pregnancy, she had genetic counseling that revealed her body made increased blood clots. She was then given low-dose-aspirin, a cerclage, along with other medications and had a successful pregnancy and delivery.

Schisterman believes the success of the study is due to women taking low-dose-aspirin early in their pregnancy and even before becoming pregnant. However, no one should attempt to take low-dose-aspirin without first consulting their physician or healthcare provider.

In our quest to lower healthcare costs while providing effective treatment, low- dose aspirin just might be — what the doctor orders.