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The drug letrozole appears to be more effective than the standard drug clomiphene for helping women with polycystic ovary syndrome to achieve pregnancy, according to a large study from a research network supported by the National Institutes of Health.
PCOS affects from 5% to 10% of reproductive age women and may be the most common cause of female infertility, the study authors wrote. With PCOS, the ovaries are enlarged and contain multiple small cyst-like structures. Women with PCOS may produce an excess of male hormones, which interferes with ovulation, according to a news release.
The researchers found that women treated with letrozole not only were more likely to ovulate than were women treated with the standard drug, clomiphene, but also were more likely to have a live birth. “This study showed conclusively that for this group of patients, treatment with letrozole resulted in proportionately more live births than did treatment with clomiphene,” Louis V. DePaolo, PhD, chief of NICHD’s Fertility and Infertility Branch, said in the release.
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