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10/11/2015 at 21:09
My fertility consultant has recommended I start taking letrozole to make me ovulate. I went to the appointment thinking I'd get clomid and j knew a lot about clomid after doing lots of research. He said he has researched the two though and has found letrozole to be more successful.
I'm a little worried though as I've just started to look into letrozole and it apparently gives a higher risk of birth defects which worries me. And it's actually a cancer drug so I find it a bit weird taking it for fertility.
Has anyone used letrozole or both?
10/12/2015 at 03:14
I am 37 yrs old as well and have been given the option to take Letrozole due to my slightly irregular periods that are are result of one ovary possibly being polycystic. I am a total advocate for anyone that does their own research especially when I comes to something going into your own body and can affect a future baby! That being said. I am reaaaally scare to take this drug. In a way it seems dodgy the fact that it hasn been really approve for the use of fertility but was designed for breast cancer sufferers. I have seen repeated post about it not being able to affect the growing fetus due to it's short life within your body so therefore can not cause the abnormalities. But what about it's affect on the egg it is helping to mature? You know the one that the fetu will be growing in...I'm just super nervous and wonder if I should take a more natural (diet and exercise) approach first. I have been ttc for approx 6 months now. I haven't tracked my basal temp but did use ovulation tests which ends up being a waste d to false positives because of my possible pcos. I get where you are coming from if you don't mind post any updates on how it went or goes and I will do the same. I meet with my doctor next week to discuss all options as he put it. Finger's crossed all will be well.good luck to you and your partner!
10/12/2015 at 19:57
My doctor reassured me on the birth defect side and I feel more at ease now.
I've found many success stories for letrozole which is promising.
I've just finished my first cycle on it and sadly it didn't make me ovulate. I was only started on 2.5mg next time I will be going onto 5mg fingers crossed that's enough to make me ovulate. I did get part way there but then my follicle stopped growing.
I like the fact that I haven't had any side effects on letrozole.
Keep in touch if you'd like hun
10/12/2015 at 20:08
Thanks for responding! I've heard the side effects are less than that of Clomid so that definitely is something to be said for sure! I chatted today with an old friend of mine that has polycystic ovaries really bad and she had different avenues that were suggested and performed although the one approach that I'm going to discuess with my doc is change of diet, exercise and see if he will track my cycle and if there is a developing follical he might be able to give me a prefilled seringe with a trigger medication to assist my ovulation/ follical maturity. Then it's a matter of ensuring we get jiggy with it when he says. I'm hoping this is a viable approach for me since one ovary seems still fine. I'll let you know how it goes and yes it's nice to not feel alone in all this. My hubby is supportive but I don't think he is able to understand at a certain level because it's not his body that is out of whack. Plus baby photos/articles on babies/ babies everywhere I turn these days drives ya a bit nuts! Lol
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