Infertility Increases the Risk of Death in Women



According to a recent US study, a clear link exists between fertility disorders and mortality. This association, already established in men, is also valid for women. Female infertility significantly increases the risk of cancer.

For a long time, treatments to combat infertility have been presented as possible cancer factors. But, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, infertility is a factor in some diseases and, therefore, premature death. Women with a history of infertility have an increased risk of death of 10% compared to women who do not have infertility problems.

Presented in early October at the annual meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, the US study also looked at specific causes of death. It shows that women with a history of infertility have an increased risk of 20% of cancer-related deaths.

The discovery is destabilizing when we know all the criticisms made against certain treatments, which affect the ovulation of women. A thesis less and less defended.

In 2012, in an editorial for the National Cancer Institute’s Journal, National Cancer Institute researcher Louise Brinton explained that the origin of breast cancer can not be known in women who have taken infertility treatment. Five years later, reproductive endocrinology researcher Natalie Stentz thinks that we are only at the beginning of discoveries about it.

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In the meantime, the study advises increased vigilance: “Our results highlight the fact that a history of infertility is indeed related to woman’s health. They open up an opportunity for screening and preventive care for infertile women. “

Emy Torres

Emy holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and currently freelances part-time for The Talking Democrat.