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femara It’s CD2 and my doctor has made a decision to switch me to Femara or Letrozole as it’s also called. The first pill is sitting in front of me as I’m typing. I need to get a glass of water to down it with. Femara is weird. It’s primary use is for breast cancer treatment. Its similar to Clomid in effect and it acts as a superovulation agent but it wasn’t designed to be used for fertility and the pharmaceutical company that makes it has never done the testing for it to market it as a fertility drug. I wonder if a bunch of women who were getting treated for breast cancer started getting pregnant with twins and they were like oh. sweet. it’s a fertility drug too. Anyway, the plastic pill bottle says: Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Ummmmmmmmmmmm. There are studies that show that Femara actually causes birth defects in women who are taking it DURING pregnancy but not necessarily BEFORE pregnant. It’s still scary. I hate hate hate any drugs. You just don’t know what they are doing to you. It freaks me out to no end.

The reason for the switch is that he felt that the lining of my uterus was too thin when we did the ultrasound at CD10 last month when I was on Clomid. I had thought that Clomid was something that over time thinned the lining, not immediately. I suggested maybe taking progesterone with Clomid but he just said it was ok to switch to Femara. Why do I constantly feel like I’m suggesting things to my RE? And then when he says ok, I feel weird because me, the non-expert, had made the suggestion and so it’s like I’m prescribing my own treatment. It’s not that great of a feeling. I would love to hear more from other people that have been on Femara. I am going to go on a blog search now.

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spin out the B-team

thursday morning i met up with my girlfriend from high school who is married to a woman and they have a child together. it was a completely different angle to hear about IUIs from two people who never had any option but to use medical technology to conceive. first they decided which one of them would carry the child. then they selected their donor sperm, monitored for ovulation and then rushed to the clinic at the optimal time for what my friend calls the “medical penis”. she excitedly told me about how the clinic spun the sperm to weed out the junior varsity/B team players. when only the A team swimmers were left, they injected them in through the cervix. these girls were lucky. they got pregnant on the first shot without any drugs. but they had to pay for the procedure out-of-pocket because insurance companies require proof of a year of infertility before they will dish out any money for these types of procedures. all in all, with the cost of the sperm, they paid about $1,000. they are now going for their second child and so far they’ve had two failed cycles of IUI. Her wife is getting ready to do injectables now as the next step but they are as positive and as excited as ever. it was refreshing to see a couple who embraced medical assistance as a means to conceiving, rather than people like me, who can’t help but feel that going that route is a sign of failure of my own abilities. hooray for medicine!

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