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Anyone use Letrozole even though you "O" on you own?

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December 17th, 2009, 06:36 AM
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Hi there. I've been lurking on this site for a while but haven't ever posted. I have a 3.5 yr old daughter and have been trying for #2 for 1.5 years with 2 miscarriages during that time. I know that I "O" regularly and have regular cycles (around 31 days) but my doctor just prescribed Letrozole for 3 months. I asked questions while at the doctor's office but am still unsure as to why he would prescribe this drug for me since I already ovulate. Anyone else in the same boat? Success stories? Thanks!
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December 17th, 2009, 08:18 AM
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Yes, I took Femara - 2.5mg for cycle days 3-7 - and I ovulate regularly. Femara has a reputation for increasing egg quality....so your egg may be of better quality than what you have been releasing normally.

Depending on the dosage, you may release multiple eggs so you have a greater chance at conception. I have read (and confirmed with my doctor) about Femara only releasing 1 egg, which was a concern of mine.....and that is what my doctor liked about it - it reduces the chance of multiples. However, during my first month on Femara, I released 2 eggs - but didn't get pregnant. My second round of Femara, I released 1 egg and got pregnant....but I did have an IUI done also.
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December 17th, 2009, 11:02 AM
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I just assumed I ovulated because I had normal cycles (mostly) but it turns out I am annovulatory at least part of the time. Rather than go through the hassle of figuring out when I ovulate and when I don't, we just called it annovulation and I took Letrozole. It is a pretty mild drug which is why my RE was okay with just trying it for a few months. It did not work for me for this pregnancy, but it worked the very first time I took it the first time around If we decide to try again in the future after this baby is born, I will definitely go back to the Letrozole.

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December 17th, 2009, 11:26 AM
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Are there a lot of differences between this med & Clomid ?? I've tried 50mg CLomid x3 with no luck ... wondered if this would be next step possibly ???
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