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Low-Dose Aspirin Boosts Fertility

Friday, 31 Mar 2017 12:17 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Besides being the sister of John, Robert and Ted Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009) probably is best known for founding the Special Olympics in 1968.

The Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, with 5.3 million participating athletes in nearly 170 countries.

But the amazing accomplishments associated with her don't stop there. Researchers at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (a subdivision of the National Institutes of Health) may have discovered a possible remedy for infertility in women who have elevated levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein. Everything from diabetes and belly fat to chronic infection can boost CRP levels.

The remedy for fertility-blocking levels of CRP? A daily dose of 81-mg aspirin. Research at the Shriver Institute discovered that women with high levels of CRP who tried the aspirin therapy had a 35 percent higher birth rate than women who had comparably high CRP levels but were taking a placebo.

During pregnancy, the aspirin reduced CRP levels when measured at weeks 8, 20 and 36.

So, if you're struggling to become pregnant, check with your doc to see if you have elevated CRP and if you're a candidate for one 81-mg aspirin daily.

Tip: If you get the green light from your doc, always drink half a glass of warm water before and after the aspirin (and take a prenatal vitamin with DHA, too). Then grab your husband and start your own brand of "special olympics."

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