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HHS HealthBeat (May 7, 2014)

Aspirin and being pregnant

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates a low-dose aspirin a day might not help women who had a pregnancy loss keep this from happening again. Researchers tested the aspirin treatment on about 1,000 women – of whom half of whom got aspirin and half got a placebo.

Doctors have prescribed aspirin for these women, but researcher Enrique Schisterman of the National Institutes of Health says it didn’t make a difference in the overall group:

“Aspirin had no effect whatsoever on reducing the rate of pregnancy losses.”

Aspirin did seem to help one group of women – those who had a pregnancy loss in the past four and a half months. The researchers say these women were more likely to give birth.

The study is in the journal The Lancet.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2014