Femara infertility drug is used to induce ovulation. However, Femara (or letrozole) is actually an aromatase inhibitor approved for use to help prevent breast cancer recurrence in postmenopausal women.
But can Femara be used for infertility?
Femara acts to suppress estrogen in the body and increase FSH and LH, which stimulates the development of ovarian follicles, thus helping to bring on ovulation.
Who is a candidate for Femara?
Doctors prescribe Femara under specific fertility circumstances:
- After Clomid (clomiphene citrate) has been tried and failed to bring on ovulation
- After ovulation occurred with Clomid, but the endometrium was very thin (less than 0.5 cm)
- After ovulation with Clomid, but failure to conceive after 6 cycles
- After experiencing severe side effects with Clomid
What are the side effects and risks when using Femara?
There is some controversy concerning the use of Femara for infertility. There are studies that indicate that Femara can cause miscarriages or birth deformities. It is unclear, however, if in these cases the women were taking Femara while pregnant or just took it prior to conception.
It seems that the drug is risky when taken during pregnancy, but it may be okay to take for infertility before pregnancy occurs. Use your own judgment for this and do search it out on your own. Talk with your doctor, but please don’t just take your doctor’s advice – It’s your body and your decision.
Your doctor may say it’s okay and to ignore the negative writings, but the fact is that Femara is not approved by the FDA for infertility use and has not been throughly studied for this purpose. Please keep this in mind when considering the use of Femara for infertility. If it was me, I wouldn’t want to take the risk.
The Femara website (www.femara.com) specifically states this warning – “You should not take Femara if you are premenopausal.
Your doctor should discuss the need for adequate birth control if you have the potential to become pregnant, if you are not sure of your postmenopausal status, or if you recently became postmenopausal. Femara is only indicated for postmenopausal
Side effects include headache, nausea, hot flashes, night sweats, joint pain, blurred vision, bloating, and fatigue.
FertilAid for Women is a natural alternative to the Femara infertility drug. FertilAid contains vitex as well as other key ingredients along with complete preconception vitamin support.