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Which Infertility Drug Do I Use, Clomid Or Femara?

Clomid or Clomiphene citrate is an oral drug that is used to trigger ovulation in women who cannot ovulate on their own. However, Femara has been used as the alternative to Clomid due to the following reasons:

  • Some women will never respond to Clomid, but Letrozole will induce ovulation in their bodies
  • Women who are unable to ovulate while using Clomid may not get pregnant, but they will conceive once they use letrozole.
  • Clomid has adverse side effects which makes Femara a better choice.

Therefore, Femara is highly recommended in this case.

What Is Femara – Letrozole?clomid1

Femara is an oral drug that proves to be a valuable fertility treatment option to women who have ovulation problem or those who have unexplainable infertility. The drug is classified as an aromata inhibitor and has also been used in some breast cancer cases.

How Is the Femara Used?

  1. Ovulation

In ovulation, letrozole medication inhibits the production of aromatase enzymes, which in turn suppresses the estrogen levels in young women. This stimulates the pituitary glands, in the brain to produce increased amounts of the FSH (follicle stimulating hormone).

Women who do not ovulate or those who experience polycystic ovary syndrome can benefit from increased FSH since it result in the growth of a mature follicle and egg ovulation. The doctors refer to this as “induction of ovulation.”

  1. Increases chances of pregnancy in ovulating women

Women who have no problem ovulating can use Femara for multiple eggs release and various follicle developments. Multiple eggs release increases chances of pregnancy when compared to a single egg release through the natural menstrual cycle.

Doctors refer multiple eggs and follicles ovulation stimulation as the “controlled ovarian hyperstimulation or super ovulation”.

What are the chances of a Pregnancy after using Femara or Clomid?

The chances of getting pregnant using the Femara are almost the same as when using Clomid. However, it will depend on the woman’s age, status of the fallopian tubes, and the sperms quality.

There is a 15% chance of a woman getting pregnant after using Femara if the patient has no other fertility problems or if her partner is below 35 years.

However, the chances of getting pregnant are significantly low when it is used to treat infertility in a patient who ovulates regularly. Combining Femara and Intrauterine insemination IUI whether to induce ovulation or for unexplainable infertility improves the chances a successful pregnancy.

What Are the Side Effects and Risks associated with Femara?

Ensure that you seek medical attention if you experience any of the following allergic symptoms:

  • Swelling of lips, face, throat and face
  • Difficulty in breathingcanstockphoto4905320
  • Hives

Less serious symptoms include:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Bone paint, joint or muscle pain
  • Weight gain
  • Sweating at night
  • Headache
  • Pain in the hand that may spreads to forearm, shoulder and wrists
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness feeling, and weakness
  • Hot flashes, warmth in the chest or face
  • Flushing(redness, tingly feeling or warmth)
  • Numbness, weakness, stiffness or weakness in fingers and hands

Most serious adverse effects include:

  • Increase in cholesterol levels
  • Bone defects

If you need to find an infertility doctor in Los Angeles, consider PRC and our team of experienced specialists.

Therefore, it’s wise to consult with your doctor to identify the best medication that will work better for you. Pacific Reproductive Center offers top notch reproductive endocrinology services at 4 fertility centers in Torrance, Glendale, Irvine and Corona! Call us today for the top fertility doctor treatment in Southern California.