Starting letrozole... Maybe?

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  1. pupperino

    pupperino Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    I was hoping to get some advice/ past experiences. I can't seem to search the threads anymore ... so sorry if this has been covered before.

    I'm on my 12th cycle of TTC. Finished all the investigations and everything seems fine on paper... I ovulate each month, fairly regular cycles (28 - 34 days), but I have a short LP (9-10 days) and I only bleed for 2 days (very light)... Both factors that no GP or specialist bats an eye with.

    I saw the FS today, and she gave me a script for letrozole to try for a month or two before moving onto IVF. She saw me for maybe 10 minutes, barely asked any questions and did not give me much information about letrozole or any risks. She didn't say anything about monitoring, which seems odd given the risk of multiples? Has anyone else done a round of letrozole without being monitored?

    I'm just wondering whether I should take OI, given that I ovulate fine each month? I'm thinking I need a second opinion?

    Happy to hear your thoughts :)

    Thanks all x
     
  2. IVW

    IVW Well-Known Member

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    Going by a few peoples signatures, theres a few members who are either on it or have been on it. I dont know anything about it myself, but hopefully those members will see this thread and give you some good advice and guidance.

    What is wrong with our GP's :wall2: my friend who is also ttc doesnt seem to be getting the information she needs either - its almost like they do a half hearted job and you leave there more confused than when you went in.

    Hopefully you get all the advice you need and it eventually leads to a bfp, with or without it <3
     
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  3. pupperino

    pupperino Well-Known Member

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    Thanks IVW x

    ... I guess these kind of questions should be directed at a FS anyway. I'll just call my crappy FS on Monday and ask :wall2:
     
  4. MoominGirl

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    I can't comment on letrozole as that wasn't something I was ever offered. I also ovulated regularly. What I would say is if you haven't got any faith in your fertility doctor, find another one. This is too important for you not to have faith in the advice you're being given. We had a very poor experience with the first specialist we saw. I'm so glad we trusted our instincts as the advice we we given was wrong on so many levels! If it doesn't feel right to you, there's probably a reason.
     
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    Sugarpop Well-Known Member

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    I had letrozole and conceived on my last cycle of it.

    It’s basically a weaker form of clomid which is why clomid is usually given first. Clomid didn’t work for me but letrozole obviously did.

    The only monitoring you will receive at first is a day 21 blood test to confirm ovulation. If you ovulate on it you will then have a day10 scan to see how many follicles etc. They are very relaxed about it and I don’t think there is as many multiples with letrozole as with clomid.

    It is common to give these drugs to those who ovulate and I know sometimes it just gives you a stronger ovulation.
     
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    pupperino Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Moomin. I have started to look for another FS, which just annoys me because it's more time wasted. Nearing xmas, I don't think I would get in for a few months now!
     
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    pupperino Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your comment Sugarpop. I wasn't told to do any bloods or scans at all ... just take these tablets for a few cycles and then come back for IVF. I did some research, and you are right - the risk of multiples are low (twins at most).

    DH wants me to try them next cycle, but I just find it odd doing it without monitoring. I might call the clinic or see if my GP would be able to do anything. Just to give me some peace of mind!
     
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    tigerpaws Well-Known Member

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    It's not unusual where I live not to have check-ups when doing letrozole
     
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    pupperino Well-Known Member

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    Thanks tigerpaws. Seems like it will be okay. It's was difficult to work out whether the FS was super laid back because it is standard protocol or incompetent... Probably a bit of both!
     
  10. Sugarpop

    Sugarpop Well-Known Member

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    To be fair I only had monitoring because it was a fertility clinic. I know that if it was done via the hospital I wouldn’t have had any monitoring.
     
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