Do fertility drugs cause cancer? I often get asked this question and always answer that no such link has ever been proven. And here comes more scientific information to back the safety of the medicines we use.
The February 2009 issue of the British Medical Journal contains an article entitled Use of fertility Drugs and risk of Ovarian Cancer. In it, the authors look at 54362 women who had fertility treatment over a 35year period from 1963 to 1998 and have found no extra risk of ovarian cancer. The medicines studied were those used in ivf as well as Clomiphene, the fertility pill commonly used by GPs, Gynaecologists and Fertility Specialists.
The strength of this study lies in the large number of women studied (over 50,000) as well as the long duration of study. So the conclusion that there is no convincing association between the use of fertility drugs and ovarian cancer is very reassuring both to the patient as well as the doctor who has to counsel and treat the patient.
The next time your doctor gives you a fertility medicine, you can be assured that it is safe!!
Source: Jensen A, Sharif H, Frederiksen K, Krüger Kjær S. Use of fertility drugs and risk of ovarian cancer: Danish population based cohort study. BMJ 2009; 338:b249
The work was funded by the Danish Cancer Society.