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Talk to me about Femara!

We're going to start IUI's next cycle and the RE wants to put me on Femara from CD 3-7. Those of you who have taken it, what were the symptoms like and how did your follicles respond?
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Re: Talk to me about Femara!

  • I've been on femara for all of my 3 IUI cycles. I have had 1-2 decent sized follicles when ready to trigger. I feel like I don't respond as well as some women but my RE said they would cancel my cycle if I had any more than 4 mature follicles. As for symptoms I felt ovary pain but other than that nothing. Good luck to you!!
    Me 29 DH 30 Unexplained IF TTC since wedding May 2012. IUI #1 11/5/13-BFN.  IUI #2 12/5/13-BFN. IUI #3-12/30/14. All three with Femara CD 3-7 and Ovidrel trigger. +HPT 1/13/14 First +ever!!! Beta #1 195 Beta #2 1/15-533. Ultrasound on 2/4 showed one bean. EDD 9/22/14. Team Green turned Team Blue-Baby Conner arrived on 9/19/14.



  • I'm taking Femara for the first time too. I use to take Clomid, but my RE switched as my body was a little resistant to Clomid. So far, no symptoms or anything
    Hannah

    Nov'12- Started TTC
    Sept-Dec'13- HSG, 2 IUI's, DX PCOS

    Jan '14- IUI#2=BFP!!
    Mar '14- M/C @ 8w2d when I should've been 9 weeks. D & C 3/7/14
    May'14- Started Pregnitude
    June'14- BFP! (Naturally!!) Beta #1 (4w2d)=78, Beta #2 (4w4d)=219, Beta #3 (5w0d)=785

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    edited December 2013
    I have used Femara for the last six cycles.  I never noticed any side effects to it.  My last 3 cycles were monitored and I only produced one follicle each time so I am moving on to injectables.  Hope it does the trick for you!

    Edited to add:  I started on 2.5mg and moved up to 5mg.  
    Me: 33, DH: 33
    Married since 2007

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  • I took 2.5mg CD 5-7 and had no symptoms what so ever. I also had no response. 
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    Cycle #1+2 (4/13-6/13): Natural Cycles = BFN | Cycle #3+4 (6/13-11/13): Anovulatory (Provera)
    Cycle #5 (11/13-1/14): Femara + Clomid + Follistim = Cancelled | Cycle #6 (1/14-3/14): Benched
    Cycle #7 (3/14-4/14): Femara + Follistim + Estradiol + Pregnyl + Progesterone
    BFP: 4/22/14 | Due: 1/1/15 | TEAM BLUE!

  • I took it this cycle, 5mg CD4-8 and didn't experience any s/e. That made me haaaaappy since I was a mess on clomid. I had a 14mm follie on the right and 18mm follie on the left. I triggered CD13, iui on CD15....now we wait...
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    Happily Married Since 10.2006  •  TTC since 07.2012
    HSG Good & SA mostly Normal  •  DX lean PCOS
    MAR - NOV 2013  •  5 Cycles Clomid + TI = 2 Late O's/BFN & 3 Big Fat FAILS
    DEC 2013 - FEB 2014  •  IUI #1-3  •  Femara 5mg + Trigger = 3 BFNs
    MAR 2014  •  IUI #4  •  Follistim + Trigger + Crinone = BFN
    APR 2014  •  Benched  •  BCPs to clear up Cysts

    MAY 2014  •  IUI #5  •  Follistim + Ganirelix + Trigger = BFP
    E.D.D. 2/18/2015
    6/11 +HPT • 6/13 BETA 447 • 6/16 BETA 1535
    6/23 U/S Adorable Little Bean • 6/30 U/S Beautiful Strong Heartbeat

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  • I took it and had no issues.  Clomid made me throw up.  I used Femera for all 3 IUI's and responded well.  

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    Married August 2012 -- Me (40 yrs old) My husband (45 yrs. old) 

    RE referral from ObGYN in late Jan. 2013 -- Testing Confirms Unexplained IF 

    IUI #"s1 - 3 (Femara + IUI) April - June 2013 - all BFN

      Decided to do IVF... Began stimming on September 10th!  Egg Retrieval 9/20/13.  19 eggs: 6 to mature to freeze after 6 fertilized with ICSI

     3 morula stage embryos transferred on 9/25/13.....Beta #1 on 10/4/13/ = 7.5  Beta #2 on 10/6/13 =  negative

      IVF#2 - Lupron plan  (set to begin on 10/28/13)  (Planning on thawing and fertilizing our 6 eggs with ICSI as well as all of the mature eggs they retrieve with this fresh cycle.)

     Late October 2013 - ectopic pregnancy - methotrexate injection....benched 3 months

    CD1 - 12/5/13...Lupron set to start on 12/26/13; CD1 - 1/2/14....Baseline 1/3/14....begin follistim tonight and continue with lupron.  (Got my calendar today!  IVF#2 is a go!)

    ER = 1/14/14  (11 eggs....9 were mature. 9 fertilized.  Of the 6 mature eggs we thawed, only 4 fertilized.  At this time, we have 13 eggs fertilized and growing.  Waiting for news about a 3-day or 5-day transfer.)

    ET = 1/19/14  (5dt).....3 blastocysts transferred!   (All nine embryos didn't make it to freeze.  =(  )

    Beta #1 = 1/28/14   (2 weeks after ER)  BFP! 209 (9dp5dt)   EDD 10/7/14

    Beta #2 - 1/30/14  (11 dp5dt) 302

    Beta #3 - 2/3/14  (15 dp5dt)  1222 

    Ultrasound set for 2/17/14......TWINS!        Twin A - HR 124 bpm; Twin B - HR 126 bpm

    Final Ultrasound with RE 3/10/14 - Twin A - HR 176 bpm; Twin B - HR 177 bpm.

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  • My RE switched me to Femara after I did not respond to clomid.  I was started on 5mg CD 3- 7 and now produce 1-2 good follies on CD 14 (finally at a 28 day cycle for the first time ever!)

    The only side effect I feel is "super O" pain -- cramping and discomfort during O time.

    GL!

    ME - 31, DH - 40

    Married 06/25/2011, TTC since 03/2012

    BFP #1 on 11/13/12 -- EDD 7/24/13 -- M/C (CP) on 11/21/12

    BFP #2 on  7/21/13 -- EDD 3/29/14 -- M/C (CP) on 7/31/13

    09/4/13 - 4/16/14 -- IUI #1 - 6 = BFNs :(

    7/13/14 -- IVF #1 w/ ICSI

    ER on 7/26/14 -- 20 R, 15 M, 11 F

    ET on 7/31/14 -- 1 transferred (4bb); 8 frosties!!!

    BFP #3 on 8/8/14 -- EDD 04/18/15

    BETA #1:  473,  BETA #2: 1009, BETA #3: 1975

    ** It's a BOY!!! **

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  • I did femara + ovidrel injection this cycle. I only had slight nausea, and a little ovulation pain the last few days and today. I got one large follicle on it this cycle. While on Clomid, I was irritable, moody, severe hot flashes and I had a large cyst burst (extremely painful!!!). Femara is much better this go around. GL!
    **All welcome**
     Me: 33 Hypothyroid, HBP, Low Vit D Anemic, Stage 2 Adrenal failure. Unexplained Infertility
    DH: 33 Cancer survivor 
    Married Dec. 2007
    10/2013 Clomid, bfn
    10/2013 HSG, all clear
    11/2013 Clomid, bfn. Cyst burst.
    IUI #1 - 12/31/2013  Femara, Ovidrel - BFN.
    IUI #2 - 1/31/2014 Femara, Ovidrel - BFN.
    IUI #3 - 2/22/2014 Femara, Ovidrel - BFN.
    IUI #4 - 3/24/2014 Femara, Ovidrel - BFN
    IVF Summer 2014 -Cancelled!
    Natural BFP 5/28! Beta: 545.
    1st ultrasound 6/18 - one bean!



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  • I am on my first round of Femara right now, it is so much better than Clomid. I dont feel like I am going to bite any of my family members this time around!  I have (1) 16mm follicle on my left ovary on saturday and went back for a ultrasound Monday to measure and get a trigger shot... to my surprise i O'd ON MY OWN on Sunday!!!!! Which has never ever ever happened before! Even going on 150mg of Clomid i never o'd! I was giddy and smiling ear to ear! Femara hands down is amazing!!!

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    Together Since 10/2005,Married 10/2011,TTC Since 2007

    PCOS

    10+ cycles of Clomid… High dose was 150mg+ Metformin +Spinofinamin L

    11/01/2013 – OB decided that im clomid resistance.

    12/10/2013 – 1st visit to RE  12/15/2013 1 day of cycle!

    12/17/2013 – 1 round of 2.5 Femara ! 12/23/2013 HSG All Clear ( Follicle growth 7.5mm)

    12/28/2013 – Follicle at 16mm!!! Lining @7.6, Estrogen patch given. Rescan on Monday for trigger shot!

    12/30/2013- Follicle scan ,  Follicle went down to 12mm, I O’d on my own on SUNDAY!!! J 1st time ever!

    12/30/2013- to PG Test – 1 patch every 3 days, 2 pills a day of Estrace , Thursday 1/2/2013 start progesterone!

    Julianna

     

  • edited January 2014
    Thanks Ladies!

    I guess all I need to do now is wait for CD1 so I can get my script to start CD 3 :)

    I am already getting paranoid that I'm going to pick the "wrong" CD1. I tend to have bright red spotting (or a very light flow) for a couple of days usually starting at 12 dpo, before it gets heavy. The RE said first day of full flow, but the meaning of it is different depending on who you ask! I should have been really super specific when I asked him that question "So, are we talking enough to soak a light, regular, or super absorbent tampon in 8 hours?? And does partial use count??" lol lol. Instead I just said "OK" when he said full flow. Silly me!

    Maybe I'll send an email to my nurse and get her opinion of what first day of full flow means. I wouldn't want to start the Femara on the wrong day!!! 
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