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How Femara works: Femara is a breast cancer drug, and is used to supress estrogen in breast cancer patients, as estrogen fuels tumor growth. In a non-ovulatory woman, the Femara is prescribed for five days only (for me it was days 3-7). The idea is that it will supress your estrogen for those five days, then when you come off of it, you will have an estrogen surge.
I actually started this journey with three cycles on Femara. For me, I only ovulated one out of the three cycles, but I did get pregant on that cycle. Unfortunately it was a chemical pregnancy. The upside of Femara for me was that there were virtually no side effects, unlike my experiences with Clomid. Also, there was less chance of multiple births on Femara, which is why my dr wanted to start with it before moving on to Clomid.
for one, the side effects are zilch! lol. I loved this med. I took it for 4 months. While it worked and made me O, I did not get a bfp. I did it opposite of you. Did Femara 2.5 mg for CD 5-9 for 4 months then clomid 50mg CD5-9. Worked the last month for me but I lost it. Good luck to you. My RE loves the drug but he won't write it anymore.
On break this month taking BCP for cyst!
My doctor also uses Femera is patients that clomid doesn't seem to work in but he said he is starting not to write the script anymore either due to a 5X more of an increase in birth defects compared to clomid. Sorry, not trying to scare you, I'm sure you and your doctor have already been through all that stuff. I had to decide if I wanted to use it or not because after 5 cycles of 150mg of clomid I haven't even ovulated but I decided against it. I think it is a very personal choice. Good luck to you.