Post # 1
Oh man, I need some support. A little back story, husband and I have been trying to conceive for a little over two years with no luck. We’ve done a SA and all was great and they did blood work a year ago and I was ovulating fine. I spoke with my mom yesterday and she said that cysts run in the family and that she also had a tilted uterus.
I called the OB to schedule an appt. to get checked and the nurse said that my uterus is fine, I guess they checked last time. I did have some signs of cysts but nothing serious. She said she was going to talk to the doctor about putting me on Clomid.
I’m a little afraid to look online about Clomid as I know that could give me all kinds of negative and positive information. Wiki says it’s a drug to induce ovulation but if I am already ovulating fine why would I need it?
Also, is it a pill or shot? What are the side effects?
Ugh…I hate taking medicine.
Post # 3
@Birdee106: hi love, sorry you are down about this. There are a LOT of great things going for you here… you’re ovulating on your own, your SA’s swimmers are working and your uterus looks good. 🙂
I am about to enter my first cycle on Clomid probably later this week. I have very mild PCOS (no cycts, not overweight, just long/irregular cycles). I was charting and was ovulating on my own, but was anywhere from CD18-CD83. After many, many tests with a specialist (and DH’s SA is good too) I am starting on a round of Clomid this cycle to get me ovulating quicker/stronger.
It is a pill and I believe they usually start patients off on 25-50mg once per day for 5 days. I am going to be on 100mg for 5 days, only because my RE suspects my ovaries will be a little resistant to it. Common side effects are hot flashes, some mood swings but I think that’s mostly it. Of course, google will tell you horror stories, but many bees on here have told me that was about all they experienced.
Do you have regular cycles? If so, I’d actually be surprised they would put you on Clomid (maybe other bees can prove me wrong here…). Are you two in good health otherwise? Have you been referred to a specialist? 2 years definitely justifies some further investigating. you guys could be great candidates for IUI if everything seems to be working okay and you’re just needing a little help 🙂
Post # 4
@StaceyA: I have very regular cycles actually, everything seems completely normal and there should be no reason we can’t conceive. We are both very healthy. She said that the doctor is out this week but once she gets back she (the nurse) wants to talk to her about my situation and maybe put me on clomid. I just kind of froze and said ‘yeah, okay’.
This whole process just freaks me out for whatever reason. Stupid question but what is IUI?
Post # 5
My situation sounds very similar to yours, except I do have PCOS. Have you been tested for PCOS? When we started TTC I had “normal” 31-day cycles. My doctor decided to put me on Clomid because she said it’s possible that even with ovulating on my own, that I just wasn’t ovulating with, her words, “enough pizzazz”.
They will most likely start you off at 50 mg and test your 7dpo progesterone to see how strong your ovulation was…if it’s on the lower side they may increase it to 100mg on your next cycle.
The only side affect I had was mild mood swings.
I understand your fear of taking meds, I have anxiety and I HATE to take pills. But, I thought about it and figured enough was enough, I’ve been waiting too long and if we want children I just need to suck it up. In reality, the fear was worse than actually taking the pills.
Good luck to you! FX the clomid does the trick!
Post # 6
@Birdee106: IUI is intrauterine insemination. There is some good info on it online. I think that if you had several unsuccessful cycles on Clomid that would possibly be the next step. It is great that your cycles are regular, but like @Yellow.Clover: said, maybe you just aren’t O’ing strong enough.
The good news, is that my RE said that success rates with Clomid are very good, especially for those who are young and in general good health without any major barriers to conceive. I’d suggest chatting mroe with your dr and finding out what’s best for you and your DH moving forward. 🙂 🙂
Post # 7
@Yellow.Clover: The nurse said something along the lines of having signs of cysts but she was talking doctor gibberish that I really didn’t understand.
I can take pills if I have to I just really don’t like putting random chemicals in my body. But hey, I guess if it gets me pregnant i’ll do it. How big are the pills?
@StaceyA: Thanks for the support, doing my best to stay open minded to what she’ll say!
Post # 8
@Birdee106: They’re about the size of an asprin, maybe slightly thicker/larger, but not by much. To go along with what StaceyA wrote, I would try a round or two of Clomid on your own and in the mean time, ask to have a referral to an RE for IUI. I would get the RE process started now. GL!
Post # 9
I hated Clomid. I was on 50mg and it made my ovaries ache and I was very emotional.
I would definitely recommend an RE, especially if you are scared about cysts, because sometimes they will monitor you via ultrasound. Have you had an HSG to check your tubes?
Post # 10
@babymakes3: They have no checked my tubes. She talked about doing that last time but the nurse didn’t bring it up. I forgot to.
So I should be seeing an RE instead of the OB?
Post # 11
@Birdee106: I did four rounds of Clomid unmonitored with my OB/GYN. As @babymakes3: noted, an RE will monitor you. I’m just saying it can take some time to get into an RE so if it were me, I’d start the process now. Especially if you think you’d like to go the IUI route because they will most likely do IUI with Clomid if you respond well to the Clomid and you can do back to back cycles.
Post # 12
@Yellow.Clover: I would like to go the natural route but I get what you’re saying. Thanks for the advice, i’ll make some calls tomorrow!
Post # 13
@Birdee106: I like you am on clomid due to unexplained fertility issues. DH had amazing SA and I ovulated on my own just not on a consistent bases.
I started off at 50mg… and just went up to 100mg on my third round. SO many women get KU on the first round but please dont get discouraged if that is not the case or you because it might take a few cycles for your body to recognize what is going on.
Here are some things I foudn helpful to know while on clomid:
- Clomid can make CM “harsh” to sperm. Taking mucsinex, using preseed and drinking alot of water helps with this.
- take your clomid at night will help with the side effects… nothing like having a hot flash in the middle of the day while sitting at work!
- your RE will prob due a CD21 blood test to see if you ovulated… I think anything over 5 means you O’d?
- clomid CD5-9 helps with quantity of eggs and CD3-7 helps with quality.
- Most doctors will only do clomid for 4 round because it thins out your uterine lining.
I’m sure there is alot of stuff I forgot but on babycenter.com there is a group of us called Clomid Cycle chicks! Come join us!
Post # 14
I did Clomid years ago w/my exH. I can’t remember exactly HOW many times I did it…back then, the risk for cancer from taking it TOO much was non-existant. Now my OB/GYN wants me to do U/S every few months b/c apparently I shouldn’t have taken it as long as I did. I think I did it 3 separate times…and even though it was supposed to be for 3 months at a time (gradually increasing in strength) I never finished 3 full months.
It made my ovaries work overtime and I’d develop cysts from it. One time the cyst was so large, my GYN made me take 4 months of BCP to shrink it. It wasn’t a normal BCP…just used for cysts and things. I lost 25 lbs in 4 months b/c everything I ate ran right through me…sorry TMI!
I had “normal” mood swings…similiar to PMS. The hot flashes were the worst and I started getting “night sweats” which were terrible in South Texas in the summer.
I’ve had a couple of friends that had success w/Clomid…and what’s funny is that my RE in the states (was doing IUI/injectables w/him) gave me a 3 month supply for when I moved overseas so I could try again….
Oh and when I did IUI w/injectables, I never had ANY cysts….just lots and lots of eggs…but exH had sperm issues so it never worked.
Post # 15
@MrsStrawberry24: Awesome, thanks for all that information! I’ll check out that site if I do start the clomid.
@texasbee: Sounds awful! I’m worried about it creating more cysts. My best friend is a nurse and she looked up all the side effects and said that cysts could be a big problem. I would love to just go straight it IUI but I don’t know that we can afford that right now. Thanks for your input!
Post # 16
@Birdee106: I have heard good and bad about Clomid. I would echo what @Yellow.Clover: and @StaceyA: said about seeking out a RE. I would also suggest getting a HSG done before going on Clomid. I am going to see a new OB/GYN today and have my first consulation and then schedule my HSG. My GP also specializes in OB said she wouldn’t start me on Clomid or Metformin or anything else until we knew my tubes were clear. I am hoping I can be a success story and get my BFP after having the HSG 🙂
Good luck to you, and much baby dust!