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Ovarian Cancer Not Linked to Infertility Drugs


May 1, 2004


Last months issue Obstetrics & Gynecology contained a review of a recent study that evaluated the link between assisted reproductive technology (ART ) and ovarian cancer.

The study found that there is no increased risk for ovarian cancer in patients treated for infertility. In the study, data from fertility patients treated between 1966 to present was compared to data of untreated infertile women in the general population . The infertility group had received the various hormone treatment for infertility which included protocols for Clomid & gonadotrophin. This analysis disputes the suggestion in previous studies which suggested an increased risk for ovarian cancer for patients treated with infertility drugs than women in the general population.

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