Fertility Drugs, Femara, Proven Effective Fertility Treatment






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The drug Femara is often used to treat women who have certain types of breast cancer. It is used for women who are post-menopausal and many of these women have taken other drugs for multiple years before they begin taking this option. However, this drug is also currently being researched as an option for many other purposes as well.

1. Other Uses

It is now being suggested that Femara has the ability to induce ovulation. This means that there is a possibility that the drug can be used in instances of infertility. When this drug is used by women who are younger, it has been shown to suppress estrogen levels, which increases the output of follicle-stimulating hormone.

It-is-now-being-suggested-that-Femara-has-the-ability-to-induce-ovulationBecause of this, women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome or issues with ovulation have seen an improvement in their condition. For this reason, Femara is now being researched for the use of improving the fertility in women as well as a number of other items.

2. Improves Pregnancy Chances

Femara helps improve the chances that a woman has of becoming pregnant because it can help improve the ability that a woman has to stimulate the follicles and release eggs. Even if a woman is already ovulating, this drug has ability to help because it can cause her to release multiple eggs at one time.

femara-drug-has-ability-to-help-because-it-can-cause-her-to-release-multiple-eggs-at-one-timeThis is also becoming a popular drug for women who have tried using the popular fertility drug Clomid and not found it to be successful. The reason that Femara tends to be more successful than Clomid is that it can improve the fertility of women whether they are ovulating or not. Many women who are not ovulating and begin taking Clomid find that they are still not able to become pregnant, but by taking Femara they find that their chances are increased.

3. Side Effects

Another benefit of Femara is that there tends to be fewer side effects with it than there are with Clomid. Because of this, some women prefer Femara over Clomid. It is important to avoid taking this drug while you are pregnant because it can cause harm to your baby or cause birth defects.

It-is-important-to-avoid-taking-this-drug-while-you-are-pregnant-because-it-can-cause-harm-to-your-baby-or-cause-birth-defectsYou should also make sure that you take it as prescribed by your doctor so that you will be safe while you’re taking the drug. If you have found that you are allergic to letrozole, you should avoid taking Femara, and if you have osteoporosis, high cholesterol or liver disease you should not take this either.

4. Success Rates

When you begin taking Femara, you have about the same chances of becoming pregnant if you are taking Clomid. These chances greatly vary depending on the age of the woman, the health of the fallopian tubes as well as the quality of the sperm. There is also a greater chance that a woman will become pregnant if she is not ovulating on her own and begins taking this drug.

There-is-also-a-greater-chance-that-a-woman-will-become-pregnant-if-she-is-not-ovulating-on-her-own-and-begins-taking-this-drugIt is also possible to take Femara when you’re preparing for and IUI treatment. With this type of treatment the chances of becoming pregnant increase greatly while taking this drug. It can also improve the chances of a woman becoming pregnant if they have unexplained in fertility or are unable to ovulate.

5. Is It Available Everywhere?

Currently, research is still being conducted as to how of Femara affects pregnancies and how successful it is. Since it was originally produced as a breast-cancer drug, many fertility clinics will not prescribe it to be used for fertility purposes.


It is important that you discuss the pros and cons with your doctor regarding this drug so that you will understand the risks and the side effects that you may be experiencing. Because of the concern that there may be for an increased chance of birth defects, many doctors will be hesitant to use this drug in their practice.

6. Conclusion

The studies regarding drugs that are typically used for breast cancer is still ongoing and it will take some time to understand the full benefit compared to the risks that are involved. While some fertility clinics are currently using this drug as a way to help women with fertility issues, many others are concerned about the many risks that may be presented to the pregnancy and to the unborn child. It is important that you consider the risks carefully before you begin taking it.

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.

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