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My RE just prescribed Femara for me after a 6 month cycle of CLomid with no success. He just handed me the rx like it was candy and never mentioned anything about the controversy I now read everywhere about it being used for infertility.When I went to get the rx the pharmacist looked at me and said " are you being treated for breast cancer?" I said no just infertility and she looked at me like I had a 3rd eye. I just kinda smiled and left.....I guess for me the worry is increased miscarriage rates and possible birth defects. I was reading about the length of time it stays in your body and technically it is there through implantation.My doc wants me on it for 10 days 2x per day that is also concerning me...Anyway I just need feedback, reassurance, success stories, anything good or bad to consider <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: thank you!!
 

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I took femara for the first time this cycle (I'm 10dpo now). There is a lot of evidence that femara works better for women are resistant to clomid. It actually stays in your system for less time than clomid does, from what I've read. There is a femara thread at soulcysters in the ttc forum, if you're dealing with pcos. It has given me a lot of encouragement this cycle.
 

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Ok, just realized you said that you need reassurance, so I'm deleting my post. Sorry. Good luck, hope you can get some great success stories.
 

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This is my second Femara cycle. I've doubled my dosage as I did not ovulate on my first cycle. My doc. decided to go with Femara first, because I tend to have violent hormonal reactions. Femara does seem to be much different on that count, the only side effects I've noticed this time is a facial break out, and being more tired than usual.<br><br>
I'm on CD 14 today, and my temps are still low, so I've not ovulated yet. Now... you said you were on a 10 day script?? How many pills? I took two a day for 5 days. My first round was one a day for 5 days. Both were CD 5-9, but I hear that CD 3-7 is pretty standard now.<br><br>
I was thinking that a 5 day script was the usual that people were on? What is everyone else taking?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> Femara has a lot of success stories, and is becoming the choice starting point for infertile couples. There are many many positive things about this med. Of course, I would love it if no one who wanted to get pregnant had to take medicines to do so... but since I have to, I'm happy and comfortable starting out here.<br><br>
I wish I could find my sources real quick, but I'm trying to get ready to get my day started... I have read several places that femara has a shorter half life than clomid. I have also read that the studies that showed higher birth defects were in instances that femara was used *after* the pregnancy was achieved, as in still taking the meds after ovulation, implantation, and a positive pregnancy test.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I had my DS b/c of Femara.<br>
I have PCOS. Clomid only made me Ovulate once.<br>
I took it days 3-7, I believe. (only 1 pill/day_)<br>
I'll have to look up the 'controversy'...I never heard anything bad.<br>
It was originally created for breast cancer, true. I bet your pharmacist is looking it up now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">. Now... you said you were on a 10 day script?? How many pills? I took two a day for 5 days. My first round was one a day for 5 days. Both were CD 5-9, but I hear that CD 3-7 is pretty standard now.<br><br>
I was thinking that a 5 day script was the usual that people were on? What is everyone else taking?<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br><br>
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I thought 5 days was the norm also, but I am taking 2.5 mg 2x a day for ten days..I am wondering if it as effective as 10mg per day for 5 days which increases the chances of multiples so instead he is spreading it out over 10 days??? dunno, so confused still:)
 

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I took Femara at the beginning of my second IVF cycle and it worked and this was following many different types of protocols. I truly believed it helped. My DS is now almost 5 months old.
 

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I've heard that Femara doesn't increase the risk of reduced cervical mucous or thinning of the uterine lining like Clomid does.<br><br>
Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Here is something that was passed on to me from someone on the FF site:<br><br><br><a href="http://www.soft-infertility.com/docs/PILetrosol.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.soft-infertility.com/docs/PILetrosol.pdf</a>
 

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I wish I could reassure you about Femara and what a great drug it is. I strongly recommend that the doc monitors you while you take it. I took it in July and had a great response to it, though a bit delayed which was odd. There was minimal effect on my ewcm and lining. I had a terrible go with clomid... but also want to add that I do ovulate on my own and was only trying to overcome DH's borderline motility with more targets...<br><br>
The half life of clomid is SO MUCH LONGER than Femara. The big fear about birth defects and all the scary stuff reading is that the FDA hasn't approved it for ovulation stimulation and that a lot of times women take this drug unmonitored and get pg and not know it and go on to take the next round WHILE PG... thus... problems.<br><br>
I hope it works for you. I got pg the next cycle which was a "REST" cycle prior to Femara/IUI/trigger the next cycle... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wish I could reassure you about Femara and what a great drug it is. I strongly recommend that the doc monitors you while you take it. I took it in July and had a great response to it, though a bit delayed which was odd. There was minimal effect on my ewcm and lining. I had a terrible go with clomid... but also want to add that I do ovulate on my own and was only trying to overcome DH's borderline motility with more targets...<br><br>
The half life of clomid is SO MUCH LONGER than Femara. The big fear about birth defects and all the scary stuff reading is that the FDA hasn't approved it for ovulation stimulation and that a lot of times women take this drug unmonitored and get pg and not know it and go on to take the next round WHILE PG... thus... problems.<br><br>
I hope it works for you. I got pg the next cycle which was a "REST" cycle prior to Femara/IUI/trigger the next cycle... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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thanks for sharing your story! I know this thread was started a while ago, but I did a search for Femara and this came up. I have a new R.E. who's recommending it to me over clomid. I'm thinking I'll try it...it sounds like it works great, and the clomid makes me INSANE so a switch would be good.
 

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I've taken this for 2 cycles and O'ed for the first time ever both times. I've had zero side effects. Not pg yet, but it's a great start!
 

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i have done quite a few cycles of femara. havent had a sticky pg yet but having pcos and having 100+ day cycles really sucks. taking femara lets me ovulate wonderfully every month without affecting my CM(which i have in abundance with femara...unlike w/ clomid). i do ovulate later sometimes, like CD 15 or 16, but i DO ovulate. it has great ovulation rates, but lower pg rates than clomid. ive taken clomid and femara together. i got 3 mature follies, lots of EWCM and no side effects(except that when i ovulated it hurt like hell cause all 3 let go). our biggest prob is DH which is likely the reason we are not pg yet. but we keep trying.<br><br>
i love femara. its been a wonder drug for me. best of luck.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here is something that was passed on to me from someone on the FF site:<br><br><br><a href="http://www.soft-infertility.com/docs/PILetrosol.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.soft-infertility.com/docs/PILetrosol.pdf</a></div>
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That's my RE office, they're great and are supposed to be releasing a study on the use of Femara they have done (with another office I think maybe). Basically what they've found is that the risks of femara are when it is taken for breast cancer treatment and the patient gets pregnant and continues taking it without realizing they are pregnant right away. It has a shorter half life than Clomid and my RE (if I remember right he wrote that article in the link, Dr. Martin) said that is out of your system long before implantation if taken just for ovulation. Since I O on my own but am a recurrent miscarrier I take 3 pills on day 3 and haven't had any problems with it at all, I have been o'ing around day 13-15 instead of 23 to 40 and have had good sized follicles, a good lining and have actually conceived 2/3 cycles on Femara (unfortunately both were lost, 8 miscarriages total confirmed).<br><br>
Good luck to anyone else taking it and hopefully we all get sticky bfp's soon!
 

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Thanks for this thread. My RE has recommended femara this cycle, since I had such a thin lining with clomid. I'm thinking of also doing acupuncture. I have PCOS and also am 42. Sigh.
 
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