Aspirin, also known by its generic name acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), is a salicylate and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in the form of an over-the-counter oral tablet. This drug normally treats aches and pains, inflammation and fever, but sometimes doctors also prescribe this medicine to aid fertility by increasing the chance of conception. Researchers isolated acetylsalicylic acid from willow tree bark in 1763 after people had used willow bark for thousands of years to treat headaches and other medical issues.
Normally doctors may prescribe, or patients may take, over-the-counter Aspirin to relieve pain, fever, and inflammation that may be caused by arthritis, injury, headache, and other medical issues. Doctors may also prescribe low doses of Aspirin daily to certain patients to reduce their chance of blood clots that can cause heart attack and stroke, and some doctors prescribe the drug to women who are at high risk of preeclampsia. However, fertility doctors have also found daily, low-dose Aspirin to be a potentially useful treatment for infertility. Some women are at risk of miscarriage because of systemic inflammation (SI), but the medication can help improve the environment in the womb, making conception and a continued pregnancy more likely. Although fertility doctors may not always prescribe these tablets to their patients because of the risk of side effects in some people, such as bleeding and stomach irritation, in some cases the medication can be beneficial for fertility. Many fertility doctors see this medication as a low-risk method to increase the chance of conception.
The medication has two major actions: it helps reduce inflammation and it acts as a blood thinner. The drug blocks certain chemicals in the body which would otherwise trigger inflammation, and it also helps prevent blood platelets from clumping together, which would otherwise slow blood flow and cause blood clots. When women experience systemic inflammation, this inflammation can make it difficult for an embryo to implant and grow in the womb. As Aspirin targets this inflammation, research suggests that it can improve the environment in the womb, reducing the chance of miscarriage. There is also evidence that taking this medicine can increase the blood flow to the pelvic area, helping to thicken the lining of the womb, so that it is easier for an embryo to implant in the uterine wall.
Your fertility doctor will tell you how and when to take Aspirin for fertility treatments. They will usually tell you to take a low-dose Aspirin tablet daily before and after you conceive.
Common side effects include heartburn and upset stomach, but seek medical attention if these become worse or persist. Seek medical attention if you experience any rare but serious negative effects like
Rarely, the drug could cause serious bleeding in the stomach, intestine, or other areas, so seek medical attention immediately if you experience symptoms like
Serious allergic reactions to this medication are rare, but seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction like
These may not be all the possible side effects of taking these tablets.
Taking the drug during late pregnancy could cause the mother or baby to bleed during birth, and Aspirin can pass through breast milk so you should not use this drug while breastfeeding. You may need to stop taking this medicine before surgery because of the risk of bleeding, so inform your doctor if you are taking this medication. Store your tablets at room temperature, away from heat and moisture and out of the reach of children, and if you smell a faint vinegar odor in the bottle, it may mean the medication is no longer effective. Because of the potential risks of taking this medicine, such as bleeding, always talk to your doctor before taking Aspirin to boost fertility.
Fertility doctors may prescribe Aspirin along with Heparin, another medication that helps prevent blood clots, because they both work to protect against coagulation but in different ways. You may take the drug in combination with in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, Clomid, or hormonal fertility drugs, such as gonadotropins, or on its own. You may also use this medicine along with fertility monitors and ovulation tests to determine the best time to conceive.
Chronic systemic inflammation is when the body is constantly experiencing inflammation, as opposed to temporary inflammation when there is an injury. When immune cells release chemicals called pro-inflammatory cytokines, they trigger inflammation such as in autoimmune disorders like juvenile arthritis and lupus. In pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), the reproductive organs are affected, causing infertility as the lining of the uterus is changed or the eggs are physically blocked from leaving the ovaries and reaching the sperm or uterus.
Fertility treatments and fertility drugs can be expensive, but Aspirin can be a cheaper alternative or a complement to other therapies. We aim to help women and couples purchase affordable Aspirin for fertility treatments. Even though this medication is an over-the-counter drug, available without a prescription, talk to your fertility doctor first to make sure these tablets are right for you. You can then fill out an online form or phone our customer service hotline to order the drug. One of our partner pharmacies will ship your Aspirin right to you so you can help increase your chances of conceiving a child.
Please note that Aspirin is an add-on product. You can order tablets along with your prescription fertility drugs with free shipping. If you wish to order Aspirin on its own, please contact our customer service hotline about shipping costs.