One IVF story you may not have read this week concerns the results of a new study which has followed women who’ve had fertility treatment over 30 years, and has found little evidence of any increased risk of cancers after taking fertility drugs.
It’s interesting that every time there’s a study which carries a suggestion that there may be a link, it makes the headlines, but the studies which counter this don’t – leaving many people with a very unbalanced view of the evidence. This study found that gonadotrophins, the drugs most often used in IVF, were not generally associated with any increased risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers. Even with clomiphene citrate, often known by the brand name Clomid, there was only an increased risk in women who had taken the drug for 12 cycles of more.
The research team would like to see more monitoring, but say their results are “generally reassuring” – you can read more here – www.eshre2014.eu