Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Eh, Fe.mar.a

Many of you have postulated that I may benefit from trying F.ema.ra.

I have not tried it, and I don't think it's an option for me.

I would love to try it... but Dr. BlowsSunshine has never brought it up as an option. It doesn't seem to be part of the protocol in his office. And it's not like I can go elsewhere. It's either his clinic an hour away, one of his 4 associates who all work in the same said clinic; or I drive two hours away to see a some doctor I don't know in some place I've never been to before in my life. Ohio doesn't seem to be big on Reproductive Endocrinologists. I know, we have five in a central region... but other than them, you're driving all the way to the outskirts of the state... at least from what I've found from what's in network for me... while my insurance doesn't cover much, it does cover a few things since we're in network. Like the pregnancy and miscarriage stuff. And very rarely diagnostic testing. I would research out of network ones... but I haven't really found any other than the in network ones anyway.

Also, I never brought it up with him either. Mostly because I have been content with just trying CloMood for now... but perhaps it is time to call his office and have the talk. I highly doubt that he would be willing to give it a try, he is a pretty straitlaced individual. And off label use... doesn't seem to be in his vocabulary much. But, I suppose it will do no harm to ask. Right?

It wouldn't be the first time I convinced them to humor me there. But this is more than just humoring me. I will admit it, I doubt he has any knowledge about F.em.ara. I have doubts about how safe it would be even if he decided to give it a go. But when I call, I can see if he has any knowledge about it. If he doesn't know squat about it, I will not be trying it for various reasons. One, he would not likely prescribe it. And two, if he did I would be too scared to take it. If he does know about it, and is willing to try it... well, we can try.

So, while has not yet been an option to me, maybe it will be in the future;
but right now it doesn't seem to be one.

I may call them later this week and ask about it.
If I do, I'll let you all know what they say.
Whatever their answer, it should be interesting.


Michelle said...

I definitely would ask. As my mom always says, the worst that can happen is he would say no.

Penny said...

I had success with femara for baby #1, but not while trying for baby #2. It's definitely easier on the body as far as mood swings and side effects go, although it gives you one hell of a nasty period if it doesn't work.

Anyway, I would think this is not a good option for you either, since it seems to take high doses of clomid to get you to ovulate anyway. Femara doesn't have the big guns that clomid can in that regard. The off label thing is unfortunate I think, since for some women femara is a reasonable option. Consequently many doctors do not even consider it, though they should.

G$ said...

It may or may not be the right option for you, as Penny said. But my doctor never even mentioned it to me. I brought it up to him, he was OK with it and we used it. I did get pregnant with it - albeit a tubal.

Anonymous said...

He might be willing to try it. Through my treatments with him I often brought up things I had read about and he altered my protocol to try them. I actually think it is best to take charge of your treatment with this guy because otherwise he'll just keep you coasting on his standard protocol and you might need something different. When I asked him about DHEA he had never heard of it but pulled up a couple of pubmed articles during the consultation. I'd give it a try. Maybe it is the elusive silver bullet. :-)

Marty said...

Definitely ask. Don't know if it will help but it can't hurt to ask.

WiseGuy said...

All the very best! If you trust your doctor, go with his protocol, but keep up with your research, so that you could recommend alterations to him!

All the very best!

Anonymous said...

WTF kind of fertility doctor would NOT know about Femara?

If his knowledge base is so lacking you would be better off taking your reproductive efforts to your local vet.

Get thee to a real doctor post haste!