Yes, Femara is a brand name for letrozole - my doctor prescribed it in 2010 because in some women it is more effective than Clomid. It's an estrogen blocker, and is mainly used to treat breast cancer, but it also works to stimulate ovulation, though it has somewhat stronger side effects than Clomid.
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Hello! I tried Femara (letrozole) a few years ago, and it was the only thing so far that has worked as far as getting me pregnant. I wasn't able to sustain the pregnancy because of a progesterone deficiency.
If you have any questions about letrozole itself, feel free to get in touch with me! I can tell you from my experience that it's much more effective than Clomid (at least it was for me) and though the side effects can be crappy, I think it's worth it!
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Hello Mrsyates84. Yeah it seems all of us struggle with this daily. I've lost 30lbs so far, which has regulated my period and my fsh and lsh hormones are more normal, but so far no luck with the ovulation part for me.
I have not actually been to a fertility clinic yet, I've just been working with my endo and ob/gyn. My next step will be a fertility clinic, but I'm not going to do IVF or anything like that. I want this to happen naturally for me. If it does, it will be a dream come true, if not, I guess I travel more :)
My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 9 years now, so I feel your pain. A couple years ago I started working on eating less carbs and working out more. This year I am even more determined to lose an even bigger chunk of weight so I can start the fertility meds without the excess pounds since I have heard it makes it harder. But I agree, results can be so slow.
My fingers are firmly crossed for you on your journey to becoming a mom :) Well they are firmly crossed for all of us!!
Welcome to the team, you are not alone. I've been seeing and Endocrinologist for 3 years now, and trying for a baby for 4. No lucky yet, but my regular doctor has recently referred me to an actual fertility clinic, since my Endocrinologist seems to take their time. I'm on 1000mg of metformin a day, and that is all they've tried with me so far. I'm not getting any younger...that's for sure.
Hope we can help you on your journey, you will have to let us know how things go with the medications.
Hi everyone! I am trying SparkPeople again hoping the support will help me. I am 26 and was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 21. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for a little over 4 and a half years. This year I was put on metformin and did 3 rounds of Clomid. I did not have any success with that. I was refereed to an Obstetrics & Gynecology Reproductive Endocrinology specialist. I should be starting Provera this month and starting my first round of Letrozole. I am a little scared to take a medication that is primarily used for types of breast cancer. I have been trying to lose weight so that my chances of any of this working is better but I find it so hard to stay on track when results are slow to appear when you have PCOS. So hopefully a few of you on here have some words of wisdom or support to offer, because I am tired of being overweight and watching everyone around me become pregnant.
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