Femara or Clomid – Which is Better to Stimulate Ovulation?

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When it comes to fertility drugs, it is important to consider all of your options. There are so many different options when it comes to fertility drugs today, it is a double edged sword. Two of the most popular and effective fertility meds on the market today are Femara and Clomid. Today we are going to compare both and see which one is better when it comes to stimulating ovulation.

1. Clomid

Clomid is by far the most popular oral fertility medication in the United States. Clomid has been used for more than 30 years, and it is widely effective. For most doctors, Clomid is the first choice of treatment when it comes to treating ovulation problems. In most cases, Clomid will be able to stimulate ovulation in around 80 percent of the women who take it.

Clomid-has-been-used-for-more-than-30-years-and-it-is-widely-effectiveOf that 80 percent, around 40 percent of women will be pregnant within six cycles. This is a very good success rate. Clomid has some minor, mild side effects like fatigue, bloating, cramping, tender breasts and nausea.

It is usually very well tolerated however, and most women do not have a problem taking Clomid. Clomid does have a small increased risk of multiples.

2. Femara

Femara, also known as Letrozole, is a relatively new fertility medication. Like Clomid, Femara is an oral medication that is taken for around 5 days during the beginning of a woman’s cycle. Much like Clomid, Femara can stimulate ovulation in a woman and sometimes can cause multiple eggs to be released as well.

Assortment of vitamin pillsFemara is also sometimes used to treat with women with breast cancer, which is very interesting. One of the perks of Femara is that it has a very short lifespan in the body, and is completely out of the system within just a few days. Clomid sometimes has the ability to remain in the body for awhile, which is not a good thing.

3. A New Study

While Clomid has been the fertility drug of choice for many years, it seems like Femara might be creeping up to take over the title. A recent study was done by Penn State University, claims that Femara might actually be the better choice when it comes to inducing ovulation. It seems that Femara is actually better at inducing ovulation, with fewer risks.

Clomid-has-been-the-fertility-drug-of-choice-for-many-years-while-femara-might-be-creeping-up-to-take-over-the-titleIn a study of 750 women with PCOS, half received Femara and half received Clomid. 62% of women in the Femara test group began ovulating, compared to only 48% of the Clomid group. The Femara group also ended up with 28% of women having a successful pregnancy, and only 19% of the Clomid group having a successful pregnancy.

More research is definitely going to be required on this subject, but as far as it looks now, Femara could possibly end up being a very good alternative to Clomid. The cost is comparable as well, and fewer women reported side effects with Femara. It will be very interesting to see if Femara eventually replaces Clomid as the fertility drug of choice.

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I bought into the hype and broke down and tried this product. After all, how can you resist something that claims that the fat is literally taken out of some of the food that you eat! I must say, though, pay attention to the directions on the package. I used it for a few days with none of the negative effects that many people experience. But during those times I ate fairly healthy meals and nothing too fatty. Then I went out with friends and didn't think about the fact I had taken these pills. I ate chicken wings, blue cheese and french fries. And spent most of the night and a good portion of the next day with several occasions of racing to the bathroom because of digestive issues. I suppose it shows that it does remove "stuff" from your diet because I sometimes have issues going at all and with using this product I went several times a day. But is it worth the risk? Besides, I have no idea if taking the pill was making a difference in my weight loss or if I was having success because I was being more careful in my food choices leading to lower calorie intake.

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Was excited to try Alli, heard such great things. Did not see anything for the first couple days I took this. Then came the HORRIBLE side effects. Oily, greasy residue in your underwear and the toilet, and the smell. Oh my gosh. It was awful. Talk about eating healthy - for fear of what this will do to you. Didn't even finish the first bottle it was so terrible.
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Valerie Wisniewski, RN

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.