(Closed) Clomid. Yea or Nay?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I have a friend who’s wife had trouble getting pregnant. They tried clomid and had no success. Finally they tried Femara and got pregnant on their first cycle… with triplets!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve never heard of anyone switching between Clomid and BC to cycle.

I’ve heard there are newer medications out there that are better/safer than Clomid, but don’t know any off the top of my head.  (I also probably have PCOS)

You could always try natural/herbal therapy, like using Dong Quai or Vitex.  Raspberry Leaf Tea and Ginger help even out my cycles quite a bit, especially when I’m exercising regularly.

Honestly the next time you try I would recommend finding a reproductive endocrinologist.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

@Anise:  My RE does this as well, only for PCOS patients. It’s because in PCOS patients, its great if you ovulate, but if you have a cyst where the follicle grows and you release the egg into the cyst, it doesn’t go anywhere and dies.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My gyno has always said that pregnancy is a bit of a “reset button” for a lot of PCOS patients, and often after one pregnancy the problems can clear up on their own, so fingers crossed your next try is super easy! 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

@Mrs.D:  How many total cycles did you do on Clomid? “they” recommend that you shouldn’t do more than 6 total cycles of Clomid in a lifetime due to cancer risks. just something to think about.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Clomid did not work for me. We tried for 5 years for a baby, and I did 3 Clomid cycles but ended up not responding. I tried natural remedies to no avail. We then did Femara 5mg days 3-7 and on the second round got our BFP. That was with charting, opk, Metformin, and preseed which helped hostile or lack of CM (for me)

ETA I have pcos, irregular cycles, and hypothyroid.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ChuckNorris:  I’ve just never heard of it before, even on the PCOS boards I used to frequent.  It just seems like a great way to really confuse your body’s chemical messages to itself (my opinion only!  I’m no way a medical professional).

@SapphireSun:  I’ve heard this too!  Fingers crossed!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

There have been some concerns lately that Clomid may cause birth defects in children. The research is still in its early stages but it’s something you might want to look into.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

@Anise:  Oh no, for sure, I was just explaining why they do that 😉

@Mrs.D:  I see I see. Well, if I was in your shoes, knowing that I was ovulating on my own, I would just go to NTNP after your LO is born (whenever you start becoming ready for #2) to avoid having to go back on Clomid for as long as possible and hoping for a natural pregnancy. Possibly looking into the naturopath route, as so many PCOS ladies have had success with over the last few months on the boards… Then when you start becoming really, really anxious for #2, maybe do the BC+Clomid route once, then maybe switch to BC+Femara? I dk. I’ve done one round of Clomid and when I become ready to TTC for #1 again (we stopped for a while) I will go to NTNP for months, maybe years before I move back onto fertility drugs.

ETA: NOT that I am against clomid, I am so 10000000% for it, and it has done amaaaazing things for a lot of ladies! but just in your situation, since you know that you are ovulating on your own and are already KU with #1, right?

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