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    I'm getting ready to begin my first Femara cycle and I don't know when to take it...I've notice a few on here have taken Clomid days 1-5 just on a whim and have gotten pregnant that cycle. Do you think it's worth taking Femara days 1-5 or should I just stick with 3-7 or 5-9? Thanks for your opinions ladies!
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    On my first cycle of Femara I did cycle days 3-7. when that did not work I took it cycle days 3-10

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    Because I was having an hsG and my DH was working a lot of OT, I delayed my femara start to cd 7-11 and it worked.
    Early 2003 - Clomid x 3 - no ovulation
    June - Visit RE, Dx PCOS, MF IF
    Sept - Cancelled IVF due to hyperstim
    Oct - IVF, BFP!! July 16, 2004 -Katharine born Hidden Content

    Oct/Nov 05 - IVF, BFP! July 6, 2006 - Hannah born Hidden Content

    2008 Several rounds of clomid/femara -one O, BFN
    HSG - November; Femara cd 7-11

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    It seems (to me anyway) that it really doesn't matter when you take it in your cycle as long as it ends on or before day 10. Hmmmmm...decisions decisions. What dosage were you ladies taking?
    Noelle (25) & Chris (26)
    Married May 29, 2003
    TTC since 2006
    DX January 2007
    HSG & SA were GREAT!

    PCOS plan of attack:
    Met 2000 mg
    2.5 mg Femara
    200 mg Prometrium
    Prenatals
    Pre-Seed

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    My RE only does Clomid/Femara CD1-5. It has a higher rate of pregnancy, apparently because the side effects are lessened because your body has so long to recover. Who knows.

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    I took 3 pills a day
    Early 2003 - Clomid x 3 - no ovulation
    June - Visit RE, Dx PCOS, MF IF
    Sept - Cancelled IVF due to hyperstim
    Oct - IVF, BFP!! July 16, 2004 -Katharine born Hidden Content

    Oct/Nov 05 - IVF, BFP! July 6, 2006 - Hannah born Hidden Content

    2008 Several rounds of clomid/femara -one O, BFN
    HSG - November; Femara cd 7-11

    Shocker BFP on 11/30!
    August 7, 2009 - Austin Cole born!!


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    My BFP was from my first round of femara...5mg days 5-9. I have heard of ladies taking it 3-7, but this is the first I've heard of 1-5. Just be sure to at least tell your dr because they need to know if they are doing u/s monitoring, that could affect the timing, etc. GL!
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    BFP formula: met/prednisone/femara 5mg

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    I will be starting my first round of femara when my period starts. My RE told me to take is days 3-7.

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    Good luck to you ladies! I start my first cycle with Femara when AF shows. I am doing 5mg CD 3-7.
    Melinda
    TTC #1 since Aug. 08 /Dx PCOS June 08
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    I am about to start femara (2.5mg) days 3-7...
    Married Jan. 19th, 2008
    TTC since June 2008 (stop BCP)

    1000 mg metformin
    Month 1 - 6 femara and metformin - average 31 day cycles Last month of Femara - starting Aug. 24, 2009
    SA August 27th 2009 - horrible, with 0% morphology

    Sept. 2009 - 32 day unmedicated cycle
    Oct. 2009 - 29 day unmedicated cycle
    Nov. 2009 - 28 day unmedicated cycle
    Dec. 2009 - 26 day unmedicated cycle

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    Ok this is going to sound really stupid, but what is Femara? I have only ever heard of Clomid for infertility is this a fertility pill? Why would this be prescribed instead of clomid. Sorry to ask but I found it interesting and have never heard of it.
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    It's a newer treatment for fertility and not all doctors use it (yet) but it is very up and coming. It's a medication for breast cancer that is used off label for fertility purposes. It's also known as letrozole and it works differently than clomid, I believe it is an aromatase inhibitor. Do some googling. You take it for a few days in your cycle (I did 5-9) and then it is supposed to make you O. The side effects are much less and the risk of multiples is lower than clomid. My RE believes it works better for PCOSers who are thin and non IR, or who have not responded to clomid. It was my wonder drug.
    Jen (31)
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    BFP formula: met/prednisone/femara 5mg

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    Just finished my first cycle on Femara CD 3-7, had two follies, that didnt grow big enough though. Now going on to cycle 2....

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