Painkillers not linked to miscarriage
New research published online in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal has suggested that over the counter painkillers may not be linked to miscarriage as previously thought.
by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 4th July 2012
The study examined the association between certain over the counter non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and the risk of ‘spontaneous abortion’ in 2,780 pregnancies.
First trimester and intake interviews obtained data regarding levels of exposure to NSAIDs from the last menstrual period through to the sixth week of pregnancy. From the 2,780 pregnancies examined in the study, 367 women (13%) experienced a miscarriage. Exposure to NSAIDs was reported by 43% of the women (1,185). The researchers reported that the exposure to NSAIDs was not associated with miscarriage in ‘unadjusted models’.
The researchers concluded that ‘our findings suggest that use of nonprescription over-the-counter NSAIDs in early pregnancy does not put women at increased risk of spontaneous abortion’.
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal, Periconceptional Over-the-Counter Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Exposure and Risk for Spontaneous Abortion
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