Daily aspirin no aid to IVF

DAILY low-dose aspirin does not improve pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilisation (IVF), a meta-analysis shows.

The researchers looked at studies involving 1119 patients to identify whether or not aspirin improved the outcome of IVF because it has been suggested aspirin may help increase uterine blood flow, aiding implantation.

“We found that aspirin does not improve pregnancy rates in IVF patients,” the researchers said. “Our conclusion supports three of four previous conventional meta-analyses.”

However, the researchers said aspirin may have other beneficial effects, “for instance, on the outcome of pregnancies after IVF treatment by prevention of pre-eclampsia”.

Fertility specialist Professor Michael Chapman, head of the School of Women’s and Children’s Health at the University of NSW, said aspirin is probably used too much in IVF patients but there are situations where it is considered