Aromatase Inhibitors: Arimidex, Femara

Aromatase Inhibitors: Arimidex, Femara

Today we are going to talk about one of the newest fertility treatments on the market today. Arimidex and Femara are designed to help balance out hormone levels in women who are suffering from infertility. Aromatase inhibitors were first used in the treatment of cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

For women who have not responded well to Clomid, or who continue to have unexplained infertility, they can be a real help. They are also fertility drugs that don’t increase your chances of twins or higher level multiples like Clomid and the like.

What is Aromatase?

Aromatase is an enzyme that is naturally occurring in the body, and it is required for turning androgens (male hormones like testosterone) into estrogen. When used for fertility purposes, aromatase inhibitors may be able to help stimulate ovulation, and help a woman get pregnant. Aromatase inhibitors help stimulate the production of LH and FSH by suppressing the production of estrogen.

What is its success rate?

Even though the use of Aromatase inhibitors for fertility purposes is fairly new, they are showing a promising success rate. So far, studies show that Aromatase Inhibitors can increase the chance of pregnancy by as much as 60 to 80 percent. Aromatase inhibitors don’t last long in the body, and are usually completely gone within 48 hours.

Women who become pregnant while taking aromatase inhibitors should be able to stop taking them once they find out they are pregnant without any harm to themselves or their unborn child. However, there could be a small risk of birth defects or pregnancy complications if the drugs are continued for a prolonged period of time after becoming pregnant. This shouldn’t be very surprising however, since that is usually the case with lots of drugs.

What are its common side effects?

There are a few side effects associated with these drugs, but they are not usually too severe. These side effects usually include nausea, hot flashes, headaches and tender breasts. It should also be mentioned that even though this treatment is rather new, as of right now, aromatase inhibitors have not been linked to miscarriage.

Did you know that aromatase inhibitors can also be used as a treatment for male infertility? Aromatase inhibitors are considered a very revolutionary drug since they can be used for both male and female fertility issues.

Talk with your physician

If you are considering an aromatase inhibitor like Femara or Arimidex for your fertility issues, make sure to talk at length with your doctor about both the benefits and the risks. These drugs are new in the fertility field, and they have been shown to be very promising. However, as with all drugs, there are risks involved. Your doctor will be able to help you decide if these drugs are right for you, and if the benefits do in fact outweigh the risks.

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Alyssia Granger
Alyssia Granger | ConceiveEasy
Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.