Fertility Drugs and Leukemia Risk

Fertility Drugs and Leukemia Risk

Technology has advanced so much in recent years. This is especially true in the world of fertility drugs. Fertility drugs can be a blessing to many, many couples, and allow so many families to have children that otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

In fact, the cases these days are actually very rare when a doctor can not help a woman get pregnant through fertility treatment. However, while these fertility drugs and treatments are a blessing for many families all over the world, they are still not without their own risks. Not everything associated with fertility drugs is good news. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Leukemia risk and fertility drugs

Many studies are conducted each year on fertility drugs and their long term effects. One of the newest studies to come out is one that studies the effects of fertility drugs on the risk of a child developing childhood leukemia. The results are not good.

The study found that children whose mothers used fertility drugs to get pregnant were up to 2.6 times more likely to develop acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during their childhoods. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common type of leukemia that is developed during childhood, with up to 75 percent of children who get leukemia getting this particular type.

That’s not all. Children whose mothers took fertility drugs were also 2.3 times more likely to develop another form of leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia.

Conception time and risk

The study also went on to show a correlation between the amount of time a couple tried to conceive and their child’s leukemia risk. The study shows that couples who tried for over one year to conceive had a 50 percent higher rate of their child developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia than couples who tried for a shorter time to conceive.

However, procedures that did not involve the use of fertility drugs, such as in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination did not seem to have an increased risk at all. At this point, doctors are still not totally sure how the conception time actually factors into the increased risk for childhood leukemia. Much more research is needed on this subject to make it completely clear.

What does this mean?

Unfortunately, there are no clear cut explanations for the connection between fertility drugs and the increased risk of childhood leukemia. Of course, there is much more work to be done on this subject before scientists and doctors are able to better understand what the correlation actually is, and what can be done about it.

Parents will obviously have to begin taking this risk into consideration when deciding whether or not to use fertility drugs, along with the other risks. It will be up to the couple to decide whether or not they can face that chance when taking fertility drugs. It remains to be seen how this new study and its results will continue to impact the world of fertility drugs in the future.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)