Infertility/Fertility/Strange cycle on Femara
Hi, I have a question about irregular bleeding I'm having while on femara to treat PCOS and trouble ovulating.
I had a long annovulatory cycle (56 days) following a miscarriage that had lots of brown spotting. When I did finally start red bleeding it was very light, but I started my femara medication on cycle day 3 as I had been directed by my doctor.
I'm on day 9 now and still bleeding on and off. Sometimes it's brown, sometimes it's red. Sometimes thick like cervical mucous and sometimes thin and red like blood. It even stopped for two days (Day 4-6) then restarted heavier.
My main question is if there is a still a chance for the endometrium to build up before I ovulate (usually around CD 15 when on femara). I would ask my doctor about it but their answer is always to wait another cycle, and I'm getting frustrated as we've only been able to complete 3 cycles in the last 12 months because of delays. If this is not going to be an issue I'd rather not bring it up.
Writing from Northern California!
Hello Jean from the U.S. (California),
I think that they main problem you hare having is that you are not using the Femara correctly. If your doctor is doing nothing to monitor your response, such as ultrasounds, then you are just self-treating and guessing. It is most likely the Femara dosage you are on is inadeauate and so you continue to have anovulatory cycles, which is leading to endometrial dysfunctional bleeding. If the Femara is not stimulating the ovaries (hence ovulation), then the endometrial lining will not build up because there is inadquate estrogen production (which comes from the growing ovulatory follicle). It sounds to me like maybe you need to seek out a doctor that knows what they are doing, will answer your questions and do more than "always wait another cycle".
Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program
Monterey, California, U.S.A.
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