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Does ovulation induction cause ovarian cancer?

Does ovulation induction cause ovarian cancer?

  1. <span  class="bbp-author-name">Helen</span>

    Hi there,

    I’m currently on AI and I’m about to start ovulation induction. So I looked up some facts about the procedure and I remember to read somewhere that the medications used might cause ovarian cancer.

    Is this true??

    02/18/2020 at 8:24 am
  2. Hello Helen,

    There’s no need to worry. While it’s true that women, that never have given birth before, may have an increased risk of ovarian cancer and the apparent link between fertility drug use and ovarian cancer may arise because these women are the most likely to have used ovulation-stimulating agents as part of their infertility treatment, this doesn’t mean that it’s contributed exclusively to the use of fertility drugs as such.

    Shortly said, according to studies, there is no necessarily a causal effect between ovulation induction and ovarian cancer.

    Hope this helps you,


    02/20/2020 at 10:00 am
  3. Can someone guide me, please? I’m looking for fertility treatments, is ovulation induction one of them and if so, how does it work?

    06/09/2020 at 10:00 am
    • Hi Sara,

      ovulation induction is performed in artificial insemination and serves to allow follicular development and ovulation of one or two mature eggs.

      This is achieved through hormonal medication in lower doses than those used for in vitro fertilization (IVF). The drugs used have various trade names and the vast majority contain gonadotropins such as FSH and LH or compounds such as clomiphene citrate.

      The stimulation process usually lasts between 8 and 14 days. The injections start on day 2 or 3 of the beginning of the menstrual cycle, taking as the beginning of the cycle the day that menstruation starts. Read the whole process here: What is ovulation induction?

      Hope this helps,

      Best regards

      06/09/2020 at 10:33 am