Side effects of aromatase inhibitors
- tender breasts
- hot flashes
- nausea or vomiting
Unlike other fertility drugs, aromatase inhibitors have not been linked to miscarriage. However, since this fertility treatment is considered relatively new, it is important to speak to your doctor or health care provider for information on potential risks and side effects associated with aromatase inhibitors.
Aromatase Inhibitors and Male Fertility
Aromatase activity leading to higher levels of estrogen is known to increase with age. In fact, it has been suggested that it is this low testosterone factor that causes the symptoms of "male menopause." By blocking the major source of estrogen in the body, aromatase inhibitors can provide men with a fertility hormone therapy when trying to conceive.
More specifically, aromatase inhibitors in the form of anastrozole (Arimidex) and letrozole (Femara) can be used to treat male infertility that is associated with abnormal testosterone-to-estrogen ratios. Doctors have prescribed aromatase inhibitors to for the following treatments in men:
- promote healthy prostate tissue
- balance testosterone levels
- maintain healthy sperm count
Speak to your doctor or health care provider to see if aromatase inhibitors can help treat your infertility symptoms and learn about the potential side effects and risks associated with this type of hormone therapy.