Infertility Hormonal Treatments • WCWRC

hormones every woman's got them every

man complains about them and every woman

is terrified of hormone treatments we

use hormone treatments all the time


we need hormones to grow eggs we need

eggs to make babies frequently we start

with hormone pills frequently people

have heard about a pill called clomid or

clomiphene citrate it is used and abused

all the time by gynecologists and

fertility doctors clomiphene citrate was

designed to help people ovulate and it

does a pretty good job of that when

women don't ovulate and they're given

clomid about 80 percent ovulate only

about 50% will get pregnant so for the

50% who don't get pregnant using clomid

and the 20% that didn't ovulate with

clomid we have to use something else we

have a new pill on the market it's

called letrozole it's in the family of

what we call aromatase inhibitors

aromatisse inhibitors were designed to

treat breast cancer so when you get

letrozole it's going to say it's for

treatment of breast cancer it's going to

be called a chemotherapy it's not a

chemotherapy the way you're scared of

chemotherapy it just means it's a pill

letrozole helps people ovulate you take

it for five days just like you do

clomiphene citrate and it works better

than clomiphene citrate it's out of your

system faster than clomiphene citrate

letrozole is starting to replace

clomiphene citrate as the first line

drug for an ovulation hormone injections

the dreaded hormone injections hormone

injections used to be really scary you

used to have to use really big needles

and shoot them in your butt ouch they've


they now design them in the laboratory

they now are purified and they're really

more like giving yourself insulin shots

little teeny needles most of the time

friends or family give you the shots but

if you really had to take it yourself

you can they're not that scary in the

past there was a lot of mixing involved

the hormones came in powder form and you

had to play chemistry kit mixing the

water and the powder and we still do

that with some of the medicines we use

but many of the medicines now are

pre-prepared they're pure liquid there's

less mixing and there's a whole lot less

anxiety when you take them most people

tolerate hormone medicines with ease

clomiphene citrate definitely has some

side effects of people complain about

I hear complaints about hot flashes

sensitivity to light headaches mood

changes just an all about bloated crummy

yucky feeling letrozole seems to be more

well tolerated what most women complain

about is the effects of the egg growth

so if you're taking fertility shots

you're often making more than one egg in

a natural cycle your estrogen Peaks

around two to three hundred if you're

taking fertility injections you may get

three or four eggs your estrogen may be

1,200 if you're taking fertility shots

for in vitro fertilization your estrogen

may peak at 2000-3000 I've seen 10,000

guess what you might have symptoms then

from the estrogen you might have

symptoms from the ovaries being three

times as big as they were before

you might feel bloated you might retain

water most women hate that but it's all

reversible and it's all for a good cause

these fertility medicines work they help

you get pregnant you can sometimes feel

quite uncomfortable with these medicines

but that is usually temporary and the

symptoms usually go away with time