By taking aspirin before intercourse, women who have had a failed pregnancy increase their chances of conceiving a boy by 30 percent. This conclusion was reached by American scientists, authors of an article in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The study is briefly reported by The Daily Mail.
The researchers worked with women whose pregnancies ended in miscarriage. It is known that the risk of miscarriage increases due to inflammation in the uterus. It is believed that the immune system mistakenly perceives the fetus as a foreign body and begins to attack it.
Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that relieves pain and inflammation. Several small studies have shown that it increases the success rate of pregnancies among women who have undergone IVF.
As part of the latest work, doctors from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (USA) gave 1,228 women trying to get pregnant with either an aspirin pill or a placebo to take the medication just before intercourse.
As a result, 31 percent of couples conceived a boy (compared with 23 percent for placebo users). Among girls who conceived, the differences between the “aspirin” group and the placebo group were minimal (24 and 25 percent, respectively). In addition, uterine inflammation was less severe in women who took the drug.
Thus, using aspirin reduces the chances that the body will reject a male embryo. However, scientists warn: such a remedy will only help those suffering from inflammatory processes in the uterus associated with miscarriages.