Aspirin Helps Woman To Have Baby After Seven Rounds of IVF And Two Miscarriages

A woman who endured almost a decade of failed IVF attempts and two miscarriages has finally become a mother – after taking an aspirin every day during her pregnancy.

Sarah Broadfield, 34, feared she would never have children after spending £15,000 on fertility treatment and two miscarriages that left her devastated.

But when she became pregnant again in November last year, she began taking the 2p aspirin each day after doctors said her miscarriages were caused by her blood being too ‘sticky’.

She had been diagnosed with Antiphospholipid syndrome, which causes an increased risk of blood clots and miscarriage.

However aspirin can help by thinning the blood, preventing this.

Nine months later, her son Alfie was born in August 2014, weighing a healthy 8lb.

Mrs Broadfield, a nurse, said: ‘Finally holding Alfie in my arms after everything we’ve been through was the best moment of my life – and it’s all thanks to me taking an aspirin a day.’

She had married her 36-year-old husband Chris, an electrician, in 2006 and a year later they started trying for a baby, with hopes of eventually having two children.

But, two years later, with no success, the couple went to see their GP for fertility tests.

Although Mrs Broadfield had previously been diagnosed with endometriosis, doctors didn’t believe this was affecting her fertility, but couldn’t find another explanation.

The couple were referred for IVF through the NHS but two rounds of treatment failed.

‘The first failure was the most devastating because I really thought it would work,’ Mrs Broadfield said.

‘Even though I knew it wasn’t my fault, I blamed myself. I felt like I’d failed as a woman.’

When a third IVF cycle failed, the couple scraped together their savings, as well as getting some help from their parents, and paid for a fourth attempt at a private hospital.

They were delighted when Sarah became pregnant a few weeks later.

At the six week scan, everything looked fine but, two weeks later, a second scan showed that she had suffered a ‘silent miscarriage’ and the baby had stopped developing in her womb.

‘It was heart-breaking but we were reassured that at least I’d managed to become pregnant this time.

‘When it happened for a second time though, we started to wonder if there was a serious problem,’ she said.

Following the two miscarriages at eight weeks, the couple were referred to the Liverpool Miscarriage Clinic and blood tests showed that Mrs Broadfield had Antiphospholipid syndrome (AS), a disorder of the immune system which causes an increased risk of blood clots.

People with AS are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis and artery clots, but the condition is particularly dangerous to pregnant women as it can lead to miscarriages.

It’s estimated that AS is responsible for one in six cases of multiple miscarriages, as well as one in six cases of deep vein thrombosis.

For Mrs Broadfield, the condition did not explain why she hadn’t become pregnant naturally – but did explain why she’d miscarried twice.

She said: ‘It was such a relief to know what was wrong and the solution seemed impossibly simple.’

Because of its blood-thinning qualities, an aspirin a day has long been hailed as a means of preventing strokes and some experts say it could also reduce the risk of cancer.

Doctors advised Mrs Broadfield the daily tablet throughout her pregnancy would thin her blood and dramatically reduce the risk of her miscarrying for a third time.

So, the couple embarked on their final round of IVF, with two eggs from previous attempts being implanted.Source: dailymail

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