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Clomid for males
ah01976 posted:
--Hi, all. I was wondering if any Doctors on this board know if there is a known cancer risk when using Clomid in males similar to women (I understand each person reacts differently to medicines)? My Wife was saying that her gynecologist said that when women take Clomid, there is an increased risk of cancer from using it after a couple of cycles. Is this true when men take it? Is the potential for cancer about the same or lower or higher with men when we take Clomid? I do not have a DR. appt. until Nov. 17, so until then, I hope this board will work. Thanks.
ah01976 responded:
Or, have there been any males that have taken this, and have the doctors said anything about cancer risk? Thanks.
BabyParks replied to ah01976's response:
Not sure of the cancer risk for males. I would try to look this up online possibly. What is your main problem? IF it's motility I would recommend trying vitamins first. A good blend I was recommended that are not too expensive are mega men by GNC. I am getting some for hubby as soon as our fertilaide runs out. Also his Urologist put him on Vit C, E and zinc for low motility. The GNC has adequate amounts of all of these in them so that may be a start for you. Keep in mind it will take 3 months from now for you to get results. That is what we are waiting on now, he started them end of September so i am hoping by mid dec we will conceive on our own. Keep me posted
ah01976 replied to BabyParks's response:
--Hi. Well, my main problem is low testosterone. I really need to start back on injections (I recently got a prescription for it, but haven't used it yet), but we are trying to have a baby, and the first time I was on testosterone (sometime last year), the Dr. said there was absolutely no sperm in the sample. I was told Clomid would boost my sperm count while being able to use testosterone. I cannot find a thing about an increase risk of cancer for males when using Clomid, but my Wife's gynecologist said there is an increase of cancer when women take it, so I was concerned it might have the same negative side effects.

--Later on, I was tested, and my sperm count was considered "normal" in the letter I received from the Dr. office. I can certainly live without the testosterone injections, it's just that I sometimes feel like a woman going through menopause with the hot flashes and stuff. I wish you best of luck with conceiving.
BabyParks replied to ah01976's response:
Maybe you could try vitamins instead of the clomid. My husband is on that now and so am I! I have had 5 rounds of clomid so I do NOT like hearing it could have increased my chances for cancer especially since my mother and grandmother both had breast cancer. It is something that has been on my mind for a long time and nothing you said to make me panic over it but I do worry I could have put myself at risk. I was on 1 round of clomid with my DS parker and now he is 2 so we have been on 4 rounds of clomid again TTC baby #2 and no luck. I've had 1 IUI and surgery and still nothing so we are waiting and hoping his sperm counts come up within the next 3 months on the vitamins. I am very hopeful this will work. I am having a mammogram done end of month to just make sure everything is normal before I do get pregnant again. We have been trying for 17 months so I don't see it happening anytime soon but want to get it all checked and make sure healthy. I need a baseline anyways since I will turn 30 next month. I already go to a cancer dr. now that checks me every year via ultrasound but a mammo will show up so much more so I am doing it. Best of luck to you on Trying to conceive as well. Will this be your first child? Keep me posted
AmyAALC responded:
Great question and sorry for my delayed response...

I haven't seen any links for men using Clomid and increases in cancer. I think we still lack enough evidence to link Clomid use in women to uterine or ovarian cancer. Women with ovulatory disorders or obesity which causes ovulatory disorders are often prescribed Clomid to regular their ovulations. Some studies show this regulation of ovulation can be helpful in reducing risk of uterine cancer. I think the biggest problem in associating the cancer and clomid is the fact that the average patient taking Clomid already has an increased risk to uterine or ovarian cancer. More studies are needed.

Amy Perkins, MS, TS
Laboratory Supervisor
Arizona Andrology Laboratory & Cryobank
International Center for Vasectomy Reversal

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