NEW research shows small doses of aspirin can boost the fertility of women who have suffered the devastation of pregnancy loss.
An estimated 14,000 Irish women miscarry every year and a further 500 babies are stillborn or do not survive long after birth.
Declan Keane, senior clinical embryologist and director of ReproMed clinic, said: "This is great news for individuals and couples who have suffered loss in the past. Although aspirin should not be taken without medical advice or consultation, it does show that there can be hope and that fertility boosters really can work."
He said the results showed that of the women who had suffered the devastation of pregnancy loss on the trial, 62pc went on to successfully conceive. They gave birth to a healthy baby having taken controlled doses of aspirin.
The study in 'Lancet' showed that low doses of the drug could improve the chances of conception and of having a live birth. The reason for this could be that aspirin increases blood flow to the womb, the researchers said.
However, contrary to popular belief, taking the drug does not prevent miscarriage, the research at the National Institutes of Health in the United States showed.
They randomly assigned more than 1,000 women with a history of pregnancy loss either a low dose of aspirin daily or a placebo, following them for six months while they tried to conceive.
They found no difference in the pregnancy loss rates between the groups. But women who had had a single, recent pregnancy loss had an increased rate of pregnancy and live birth while taking a daily aspirin tablet. Eilish O'Regan