20 October 2015

Sims notes the association between IVF & ovarian cancer reported today

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This is consistent with a similarly enhanced risk with another drug used in infertility management, namely clomiphene citrate and suggests this is a likely to be associated with the need for fertility treatment rather than the treatment itself. This view is supported by the fact that the increase was not noted in women having treatment because their partners had sperm issues. Even if this association is not caused by the treatment per se, we still require to help our patients and to that end announce today that we will provide a scan for any patient of Sims who is concerned about a risk of ovarian cancer after IVF and has one or more of the following unexplained symptoms:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain.
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating.
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently.
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount.

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