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By GDIFR Posted in Infertility Monday, 06 January 2020

Myth1: IVF raises your risk of breast cancer

In an IVF cycle, medications are used to stimulate a woman's ovaries to develop multiple mature eggs. Because those medicines cause changes in estrogen and progesterone levels - and both hormones are linked to breast cancer - women who undergo the treatment have long worried it might increase their odds of developing the disease.
 
Finally, a large, high-quality study has found reassuring evidence against the theory.

Published in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association last month, the study followed 25,108 women in the Netherlands who underwent fertility treatments (the majority had IVF) between 1980 and 1995.

Women who received IVF were no more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than women in the general population.

A study shows that the cumulative rate of breast cancer was 3 percent for the IVF group, compared to 2.9 percent for the non-IVF group.

It was also found in a study that the type of fertility drugs the women received had no effect on their risk for breast cancer. Interestingly, women who had seven or more IVF cycles actually had a much lower risk for breast cancer than those underwent just one or two rounds of the treatment.

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