Our expert says:
Hi Ann, good question! The simple answer is no, the statistical risk of a side-effect of Disprin (or any form of aspirin) in your situation is higher than any small benefit you might derive from taking it.
Let me explain. Because of your family history, your relative risk of developing heart disease is higher than average - in other words your risk is theoretically higher than other young women of your age. However your actual risk of getting heart trouble - such as a heart attack - in the next 10 -15 years is very low - because young premenopausal woman like you are generally at very low risk. (Provided they are not diabetic and don't smoke.) In addition to that, the benefit of taking aspirin in women who have never had heart trouble is very uncertain - and even if there is a benefit it is small.
So - if your risk is already low, it makes no sense to take a drug which has a doubtful or small theoretical benefit. At best, it might make a low risk slightly lower. At worst, it carries the risk of side effects eg stomach bleeding as you mention.
Having said all that, it is important to reduce your long term risk with a healthy lifestyle - ie maintain healthy weight, don't smoke, take regular exercise. And its important to exclude diabetes and to check your cholesterol and blood pressure, especially after menopause when women's risk starts to increase.
Hope that answers your question!
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