Women who take fertility drugs are at greater risk to develop thyroid cancer

Women who take the most common fertility drugs, progesterone and clomiphene, are at a greater risk to develop thyroid cancer than those who don't, according to a study by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society.

The 36-year study, which tracked thousands of women, discovered that women who took fertility drugs developed thyroid cancer at an increased rate over those who did not. Compounded with the previously documented risks of multiple births and other complications, many couples have begun seeking natural alternatives to the use of fertility drugs.

"Some new drug-free programs avoid these risks," said physical therapist Belinda Wurn, who developed a natural fertility treatment with her therapist husband. The treatment, a unique manual therapy, underwent clinical trials, and results have been reported in several medical journals, including Medscape General Medicine Ob/Gyn & Women's Health.

In the first study, 71 percent of women diagnosed infertile by their doctors an average of five years, became pregnant naturally within one year of receiving the therapy. Most of the women gave birth, and several have had subsequent natural full-term pregnancies. While the total number of participants was small, the results were considered important enough to be published in a major peer-reviewed medical journal.

The Wurns, co-authors of "Miracle Moms Better Sex Less Pain - The 'Clear Passage' Story" (www.miraclemoms.net), were initially looking for a cure for pelvic pain when they began seeing unexpected natural pregnancies in women diagnosed infertile. Surprised by their results, they expanded their work to develop a non-pharmaceutical treatment for female infertility. Several of their studies have provided statistically significant results.

"Over time, we found that we were helping pain and dysfunctions beyond our original intent and out of the usual scope of physical therapy practice," said Wurn. "Many of these 'discoveries' were uncovered by chance. Patients who came for treatment of chronic pain would often report dramatic improvement in seemingly unrelated areas, such as digestion, elimination, and reproductive or sexual function."


Larry and Belinda Wurn


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