Clomid vs. Femara: A Look at Fertility Pills

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Quick Facts About Clomid vs. Letrozole

Clomid

  • Has effects six to eight weeks after stopping
  • Initial 50 mg tablet once daily, higher dosage in future cycles possible
  • Typically not useful after six cycles
  • 90% single birth rate; 7-10% multiple birth rate; 4.7% birth defect rate
  • Cheaper
  • 35-40% pregnancy rate after four to six cycles
  • Thickens cervical mucus and thins uterine lining

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Letrozole

  • Quickly cleared from body
  • Only works for cycle taken
  • Less likely to adversely affect uterine lining
  • Usual dose is 2.5 mg, one tablet daily
  • Not FDA approved for fertility usage
  • 2-4% multiple birth rate ; 2.4-4.7% birth defect rate 

The Basics

Out of all the women who are treated with these drugs, 60-80% will ovulate, but only half of those will become pregnant. If a pregnancy doesn't happen by three to four cycles, additional testing is suggested for other factors that would contribute to the infertility.

Between 10-20% of women have potential side effects to these drugs such as hot flashes, blurred vision, bloating sensation, nausea, headache, or mood disturbances.

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“Typically, there are not many side effects for many women, but I have seen more from Clomid,” said Dr. Odem. “Some have reported pretty bothersome mood changes in the second half of a cycle. Hot flashes are another common complaint but are seen more often in Clomid.”

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