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12 cycles of clomid may increase ovarian cancer risk by 7 times.

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive June 2004: 12 cycles of clomid may increase ovarian cancer risk by 7 times.
By Feona on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 08:26 am:

http://www.abington-repromed.com/clomid.html


Does clomiphene cause ovarian cancer?

In women with a consecutive exposure of fewer than 12 cycles of clomiphene, there is no evidence of increased ovarian cancer risk. If you have had 12 or more cycles of clomiphene, then there may be an increase in the risk of ovarian cancer.

The lifetime risk for ovarian cancer for women who have never taken fertility drugs is about 1.6to1.8%. In women who have had less than 12 cycles of clomiphene, the risk of ovarian cancer may actually be slightly decreased. There is one study that suggests that in women who have had 12 or more cycles of clomiphene, the lifetime risk of ovarian cancer may be increased 7 to 11-fold. It should be noted that the studies looking at ovarian cancer following clomiphene use are limited by small patient numbers. When considering cancer risk, it is also useful to remember that a woman's lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, for example, is 12%, even if she never used clomiphene. In fact, since pregnancy reduces the risk of ovarian, breast, and endometrial (uterine) cancer, women who become pregnant due to clomiphene use may actually derive health benefits from clomiphene treatment.

By Feona on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 08:32 am:

Okay this says it is okay if you have been pregnant. Wouldn't you know it I was on clomid for 12 months.

http://216.239.51.104/search?q=cache:M4EAW5K1LUwJ:www.fertnet.com/html/ovarian_cancer_and_fertility_d.html+clomid+ovarian+cancer+&hl=en

By Marcia on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 12:42 am:

I was on it for longer than that!! I would say at least 21 years, and most of that time on a double or triple dose.

By Marcia on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 12:42 am:

YIKES!!! I meant to say 2 years. LOL

By Feona on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 06:25 am:

I am not going to worry about it, but tell the ob/gyn to monitor me every year. (If they can)

I could have sworn I was searching the internet for cancer risk and clomind a few months ago and I saw nothing about this. I must have been blind.


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