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Femara vs Clomid - What's The Difference?

During fertility treatment understanding the types of medication you are prescribed can make the process less stressful. Femara and Clomid are commonly used to treat fertility concerns in women.  Both medications are used to address ovulation disorders.  There are some differences in how the medications work

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Clomid is a fertility medication that is taken orally.  Dosage amounts differ based on the medical needs of each patient.  Typically, this medication is taken for five days in a row.  Clomid works by stimulating a woman’s body to produce Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) both of which are responsible for ovulation.  Stimulating the excess production of these hormones in turn causes a woman’s body to mature multiple follicles.  Clomid is approved by the FDA for the treatment of fertility issues.

There are several known side effects of Clomid.  Some women experience little to no side effects while others experience several.  Patients on Clomid have reported experiencing the following:

  • Headache
  • Mood changes
  • Hot flashes
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Thinning of the uterine lining
  • Thickening of the cervical mucous

Femara

Femara is taken daily for five days, with specific dosing prescribed by a physician.  Femara works by blocking estrogen.  The decreased estrogen in a woman’s body stimulates her ovaries to produce multiple follicles.  Femara was originally created for treating cancer, ovarian stimulation is a side effect.  The FDA has not approved Femara for the treatment of fertility concerns, although it is commonly prescribed off label for this purpose. 

As with all fertility medication, there is the potential for side effects while taking Femara.  The severity of the side effects can be different for each woman and may even differ between cycles:

  • Hot flashes
  • Hair loss
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Thinning of the uterine lining
  • Thickening of the cervical mucous

For additional information on fertility medication and how it can be used as a part of an individualized fertility treatment plan, contact the experts at New Hope Fertility Center today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

 

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