Fertility Drugs for Ovulation: Femara or Letrozole?

Fertility Drugs for Ovulation: Femara or Letrozole?

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Ovulation is an issue for many women when they are trying to conceive. For many, not being able to ovulate is something that has the power to end their dreams of becoming pregnant. For this reason, there are many medications available to help women who are struggling to ovulate. Claim Your 20 Free Ovulation Tests – Click Here

When you are first starting your infertility journey, oral medications are preferable. Two of the most popular options are Femara and Letrozole. Both of these drugs are rather effective, but learning more about them will help you determine which one is best for you.


This is a drug that is often prescribed for women who have health conditions or that have unexplained infertility causing them troubles getting pregnant. It is designed to suppress the amounts of estrogen in the body. When this occurs, women tend to produce more FSH, which helps to mature and release the egg for fertilization.

When an egg is not healthy, it is difficult for it to become fertilized. Since Femara helps to improve the health of the egg, this is something that will no longer be an issue. Plus, it helps to make sure the body releases the egg from the ovaries so that it is able to be fertilized.

For women who are already ovulating, Femara may still be helpful. This is the case when they are not producing healthy eggs that can be fertilized. Femara is often the drug of choice after the popular Clomid is not effective in women.


Another popular option for ovulation issues is Letrozole. Over the years, it has become one of the most popular options when it comes to fertility drugs. This is a drug that also affects the amount of estrogen that the body produces, which is helpful at producing healthy eggs and releasing them at the right time.

One of the downsides of Letrozole is that it can actually cause adverse effects when it comes to cervical mucus. This is the substance that the body makes to help protect sperm and make it easier for it to reach the egg. Over time, Letrozole can actually make it harder for the body to create cervical mucus, which could make it harder for the woman to conceive.

Regardless of which medication your doctor wants to prescribe you, it is important for you to learn a great deal about them. This will allow you to determine which drug has the best chance of working for you and which side-effects you are willing to live with.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.