Can IVF medication cause cancer?

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It hasn’t been proven medically that IVF medications can directly cause cancer or not! But the background of this question is still blurry.

A lot of research, analysis, and surveys were done to explore the basis of this concern. However, there is no strong link found between fertility treatments like IVF and cancer, until now.
So, Let’s gather up what the studies have shown so far.

There is no increased risk of uterine cancer 

The biggest and most reliable meta-analyze was carried out at the University of Ottawa. This type of analysis has gathered up, compared and evaluated the conclusions of 10 different studies.

The meta-analyze has shown that women who underwent fertility treatment with fertility drugs (gonadotropins, human chorionic gonadotropin, and gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist) were not at risk of developing uterine cancer.

The risk of ovarian cancer can be decreased if infertility is treated 

Infertility can often lead to the development of ovarian cancer if it has not been treated. These meta-analyze reports have shown that infertile women who haven’t proceeded to fertility treatment are more exposed to developing ovarian cancer than those who treated their fertility with IVF. 

Breast cancer risks are not associated with fertility medications

The  Danish Cancer Society carried out research on 54.362 women diagnosed with infertility. The women were in similar circumstances – treated with fertility medications. 

In this study, the researchers found no significant increase in the risk of breast cancer after fertility drugs use.

The conclusion…

is that fertility drugs do not increase the risk of developing breast or uterine cancer. The same has been proven for other kinds of hormone-related cancers such as thyroid cancer.

However, within the medical circles, infertility itself is a risk factor for cancer. Therefore, a quality follow-up after being diagnosed with infertility is recommended.

IVF Treatment at euroCARE IVF in North Cyprus 

Patients should keep in mind that IVF success is very individual, and personal circumstances affect each person’s likelihood of success. The best way to understand your chances of pregnancy success is to have a consultation with our fertility specialist. Together you can discuss your treatment options and develop the most suitable treatment plan to give you the best possible chance of starting a family.



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