is one of the common concerns which IVF patients have, because they know that
hormones are responsible for increasing the risk for cancers such as breast
cancer and ovarian cancer.
Since the IVF doctor is pumping your body full of
all these reproductive hormones to help you togrow lots of eggs, won't IVF
patients be at increased risk for these cancers later on?
Is it worth
taking this risk just in orderto have a baby?
This is a very valid concern, but you need to remember that the hormones we use in IVF are natural
hormones. They all get excreted promptly after the cycle is over, so they don't
hang around in your body to cause any mischief.
Now itis true thatsome women who do IVF will get breast cancer later on in their life, simply because breast cancer is so common - about 15% of all women will get breast cancer.
However, it's not that they got breast cancer because they did IVF - they would have got breast
cancer whether they'd done the IVF or not!
However, when someone gets get breast cancer
after doing IVF, they always blame the IVF cycle for the cancer!
This is a
misconception, and if it were in fact true, you would start seeing an epidemic
of cancer, because so many IVF cycles are being done.