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Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2019 Mar;97(3):187-192. doi: 10.1139/cjpp-2018-0368. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

The role of aspirin and inflammation on reproduction: the EAGeR trial 1.

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Epidemiology Branch, Division of Intramural Population Health Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.


Inflammation has been linked to several complications in pregnancy, including pregnancy loss. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, aspirin, a widely available and inexpensive therapy, has potential to help mitigate the negative effects of inflammation along the reproductive pathway. Therefore, the Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction (EAGeR) trial was designed to elucidate whether preconception-initiated daily low-dose aspirin would increase the live birth rate in women with 1-2 prior pregnancy losses and no infertility diagnosis and attempting unassisted conception. Here, we present an overview of the collected findings. Low-dose aspirin was associated with an increased live birth rate among women with a single loss at <20 weeks gestation within the past year. When stratified by tertile of C-reactive protein (CRP), a biomarker of inflammation, treatment with aspirin restored a decrement in the live birth rate in women in the highest CRP tertile (relative risk 1.35, 95% confidence interval 1.08-1.67), increasing to similar rates as women of the lower and mid-CRP tertiles. The same effect modification by inflammation status was observed when examining the effect of low-dose aspirin on offspring sex ratio. These results suggest that inflammation plays an important role in reproduction, and that chronic, low-grade inflammation may be amenable to aspirin treatment.


C-reactive protein; aspirin; aspirine; fausse couche; grossesse; inflammation; live birth; miscarriage; naissance vivante; perte de grossesse; pregnancy; pregnancy loss; protéine C réactive


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