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How Is Heparin a Fertility Treatment Drug?
If you’ve been trying to conceive, chances are you know all of the names of fertility drugs and what they do—but what about Heparin? You may not have heard about the benefits of Heparin or how it helps patients with infertility, but this fertility drug can be a lifesaver (literally!) for women suffering from recurrent miscarriage.
First of all, Heparin is considered an anticoagulant, a fancy term for a blood thinner. This means it’s used to prevent clots or stop the growth of clots that have already formed.
Heparin in its traditional form is administered intravenously to dissolve blood clots, usually in a hospital setting. Lovenox (a low molecular weight Heparin), is prescribed as a subcutaneous injectable fertility drug. It is often taken along with Aspirin to treat Antiphospholipid Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder where the body produces antibodies that attack and damage tissues or cells within the body. This syndrome has been associated with recurrent pregnancy loss. The combination of Aspirin and Lovenox helps inactivate a compound called Thrombin, which is vital in the clotting process.
For more information on what can cause recurrent miscarriage, check out this video where Dr. Carolyn B. Coulam of the Reproductive Medicine Institute explains potential causes.
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Looking for recurrent miscarriage support and to connect with others in your shoes? Visit FertileThoughts.com Pregnancy Loss Forum.