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How helpful is the fertility drug femara (letrozole)?

How helpful is the fertility drug femara (letrozole)?

Very helpful: Femara or Letrozole is an oral ovulation induction medication. It works sometimes when Clomid (clomiphene) doesn't. It also helps pregnancies to occur when Clomid (clomiphene) fails. It seems to be very helpful especially in patients with pcos. The pregnancy rates are similar to Clomid (clomiphene) but the side effects are less and the multiple pregnancies seem to be also less. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Letrozole (Definition)

Letrozole is a commonly used medicine for the prevention/treatment of certain types of breast cancer. It is a safe medicine. It prevents the conversion of male to female hormones. It is also commonly used now for fertility treatment. It can help ovulation and can help a woman make an extra egg sometimes. It is often used instead of Clomid (clomiphene) for fertility treatment ...Read more


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Is femara (letrozole) an effective infertility medication?

Is femara (letrozole) an effective infertility medication?

It can be: Letrozole (femara) is an anti-estrogen that tricks the brain (pituitary) into making more fsh which can increase the number of eggs produced in a cycle. It is not as effective as ivf or injectable medications and is usually used in women younger than age 40 for infertility. Please see: http://www.Asrm.Org/medications_for_inducing_ovulation/ for more information. ...Read more

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Is Clomid (clomiphene) safe for men?

Is Clomid (clomiphene) safe for men?

Clomid (clomiphene) safety in men: Clomid (clomiphene) use in men is safe. Prolonged daily dosing (for at least 3 months) is required for it to be effective. ...Read more

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Is femara (letrozole) used as a fertility drug?

Is femara (letrozole) used as a fertility drug?

Yes: Although Femara (letrozole) is only fda approved for the treatment of certain types of breast cancer, it is also used off-label to stimulate ovulation in fertility treatments. It is sometimes used in the place of clomifene (clomid) for ovarian stimulation. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of femara (letrozole) for infertility?

What is the success rate of femara (letrozole) for infertility?

Depends: The success rate varies tremendously based on many factors including diagnosis (for instance ovulation problems, sperm problems, endometriosis, etc), the age of the woman, how the fallopian tubes work, . Etc. Pregnancy rates can be as low as 1% or as high as 20-25% per month. ...Read more

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Can adding hCG shots while taking femara (letrozole) for infertility improve the chances of conceiving?

Can adding hCG shots while taking femara (letrozole) for infertility improve the chances of conceiving?

Sometimes: A properly-timed HCG shot can be used as a 'trigger' for ovulation. Women who develop a dominant follicle with Femara (letrozole) but don't ovulate appropriately (or at all) can be triggered with hcg. ...Read more

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Is Clomid (clomiphene) prescribed for men?

Is Clomid (clomiphene) prescribed for men?

Yes: Occasionally it is. Use of Clomid (clomiphene) is more common for females, however Clomid (clomiphene) use in men has shown improvement in spermatogenesis for certain patient groups. ...Read more

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How many Clomid (clomiphene) cycle are suggested for pregnancy?

How many Clomid (clomiphene) cycle are suggested for pregnancy?

Depends: First that depends on the diagnosis. If the problem is lack of ovulation, then it also depends on whether you take Clomid (clomiphene) and ovulate or dont ovulate. Usually i recommend if you ovulate 3-4 times on Clomid (clomiphene) and are not pregnant to either have more evaluation or change treatment. ...Read more

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Is femara a better option than Clomid (clomiphene) for women with pcos?

Is femara a better option than Clomid (clomiphene) for women with pcos?

Generally not: The studies on average support Femara (letrozole) as either an equal or slightly-less-effective alternative to clomiphene; no study supports it being 'better.' it may be that for an individual woman Femara (letrozole) could be a better choice. ...Read more

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How safe is progesterone tablets for pcos fertility treatment?

How safe is progesterone tablets for pcos fertility treatment?

Safe; sometimes used: Progesterone or artificial versions (progestins) can be safely used to induce a period for women with pcos who have very few periods (less than 4 a year) or no periods. It does not improve your chances of conceiving because it induces bleeding, not ovulation (egg release). Progesterone can also be given for low Progesterone levels in the 2nd half of a cycle, or to support an early pregnancy. ...Read more

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When do u take femara (letrozole) 2.5 for infertility?

????: femara is contraindicated in pregancy and can cause birth defects. I suppose that you mean clomid (clomiphene) which is 50mg a day starting on the 5th day after the first day of your menstrual cycle and take it for 5 days to induce ovulation. ...Read more

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Does Clomid (clomiphene) help progesterone levels for a [email protected]?

Does Clomid (clomiphene) help progesterone levels for a pregnancy@?

Once the corpus: Luteum (maturing egg) starts producing estrogen/progesterone, it feedbacks to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to inhibit gnrh/lh/fsh production. Clomid (clomiphene) selectively inhibits the estrogen receptor in the hypothalmus which 'tricks' the body to release more fsh, which inturn causes growth of more ovarian follicles, and subsequently rupture of follicles resulting in ovulation to increase fertility. ...Read more

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Can Clomid (clomiphene) be taken with parlodel for a ttc woman?

Can Clomid (clomiphene) be taken with parlodel for a ttc woman?

Definitely: Definitely as long as they are both being taken for the correct reasons: Parlodel (bromocriptine) for elevated prolactin levels, Clomiphene for ovulatory dysfunction. ...Read more

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Can i take clomid (clomiphene) while testing for ovulation ?

Yes: Testing for ovulation is important during a Clomid (clomiphene) cycle. If ovulation does not occur the Clomid (clomiphene) dose may need adjustment. ...Read more

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Has anyone had success on femara (letrozole) and norethindrone for endometriosis?

Has anyone had success on femara (letrozole) and norethindrone for endometriosis?

Hormonal treatment: Femara (letrozole) inhibits the formation of estrogen within the endometriosis tissue. Aromatase inhibitors, formerly used to treat some breast cancer, have been successful in the treatment of endometriosis. Norethindrone, a Progesterone is also successful in some cases. ...Read more

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Can Clomid (clomiphene) work for older women with high fsh?

Sometimes: It can. It likely will not work as well. There is no harm to try. But usually more powerful treatments are needed. ...Read more

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Why bodybuilders use Clomid (clomiphene) with nolvadex for PCT?

Post "Cycle" Therapy: From what I have researched people seem to be of the belief that nolvadex is a superior anti-estrogen but clomid (clomiphene) is better at restoring testicular function so some people use both. I do not recommend any of these medications and believe old fashion exercise and natural body building without any supplemental medications is the most healthy approach! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Clomid (clomiphene) for fertility while breastfeeding?

No: It's not. Also, brestfeeding has the capacity to decrease fertility, so a qualified fertility doc would not prescribe Clomid (clomiphene) to a patient who is brestfeeding. ...Read more

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Is there any side effects of Clomid (clomiphene) for fertility problems?

Sometimes: Clomid (clomiphene) or Clomiphene citrate is usually very well tolerated and safe. Sometimes it causes mild hot flushes and headaches. These are not dangerous. Rarely people can have visual changes. If this occurs, please call your doctor right away. Usually your doctor will stop the medicine and find an alternative treatment. Clomid (clomiphene) can be an effective and safe treatment for some women with infertility. ...Read more

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Fertility (Definition)

Fertility refers to the ability of a woman to conceive a child, or to the ability of a man to ...Read more