Fear is a common feeling for anyone looking into fertility treatment. People are scared about having a healthy baby, the possibility of multiples, and the risk of developing cancer from fertility treatments. But do fertility drugs cause cancer? I spoke with Dr. Alan B. Copperman, director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Mount Sinai Hospital, who gave me some more detailed information that anyone trying to conceive (or TTC ) should know about treatments STAT.
"Infertility is more common than you think," Copperman tells Romper. "More than seven million women right now are dealing with infertility." One of the most successful ways to treat infertility is with drugs, specifically Gonal-F, which helps ovaries produce eggs by providing follicle stimulating hormone, Follistim, used to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs, also by using follicle stimulating hormone, and Menopur, which stimulates egg growth with a combination of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. So, now that you know your basic infertility drugs, listen up. According to Copperman, they do not cause cancer.
There is "no evidence of fertility treatments causing cancer." He notes that "these drugs have been in use for over 70 years," and that if there was a risk for cancer, the medical community would know about it by now.
Dr. Cynthia Austin, director of the In-Vitro Fertilization Program at the Cleveland Clinic, also told Parents thatIVF drugs do not cause cancer. But because of the fear that surrounds infertility, its treatments, and its outcomes, there are some things you need to know about treating infertility with drugs.