In-vitro-Fertilization (IVF), a common infertility treatment, is often associated with increased risk of cancer. However, this is a myth as women do not put themselves at a higher-than-usual risk of cancer with IVF fertility treatment.
A study examining data on all IVF births in Sweden between 1982 and 2006 revealed that the risk for any form of cancer was in fact 26 percent lower in women after they had children through In-vitro-Fertilization. Over the eight-year follow-up period, the risk of breast cancer was reduced 24 percent.
It is important to note here that the risk of cancer increases in a woman if she never experiences pregnancy. Furthermore, the increased incidence of cancer may be attributed to the underlying cause behind infertility itself. Few studies in the past have suggested that women who had very high doses of Clomid and took this medication for seven or more cycles had a possible increased risk. However, the study was not able to determine if the increased risk was because of Clomid or underlying fertility factors.
In a study conducted by the Danish Cancer Society, 54,362 women with infertility were evaluated. The researchers found no significant increase in risk for breast cancer after the use of fertility drugs like gonadotrophins, Clomid, hCG, or GnRH.
A study presented by Dr. Alastair Sutcliffe of Institute of Child Health at University College London at the 2015 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) conference found no increased risk of breast or uterine cancer in the former IVF patients. Similarly, a meta-analysis conducted by the University of Ottawa found that when infertile women treated with fertility drugs were compared with infertile women who were not treated, those treated with fertility drugs were found not at an increased risk of developing uterine cancer.
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