Post # 1
Before BC (which I only took for about 2 years), my cycles were always typically 35-42 days. After stopping BC last Sept, my cycles were 93, 41, 98, 43, 36, and 40 days. I stopped BC and we started TTC right away, but I feel we only could actually “really” start trying the last 3 cycles, since those were actually normal cycles. I know that 3 cycles or more is not out of the ordinary, so that’s why I’m unsure. But it’s also been a year, and I’m starting to feel like we should do *something*. I do ovulate, on my own, it just take a while. I’m 34 and really want 2 kids sooner than later. I’m typically pretty anti drug, but each BFN is just getting harder and harder. Would you continue to try naturally, or use some medical intervention.
My doctor has been worthless. She was telling me I wasn’t ovulating and wouldn’t listen to me about my charts and how I was sure I was. I had to convinced her to order a blood test for me last cycle at CD28 to prove I was ovulating even though she kept telling me it’d be too late for a blood test and that since my cycles are so long it meant I wasn’t ovulating and that it was just eventually bleeding, so she’s been trying to tell me I NEEDED Clomid to O, which I dont.
I’ve also heard that even some people who do O on their own have needed Clomid to have “stronger ovulation”? Does anyone have any experience with this senario?
Post # 3
Looks like you have been on WB for a while, so not sure if you happen to remember the infertility threads. I was a regular on there. I will pm you with my story. It sounds like we may have some similarities. 🙂
Post # 4
Hey hun, I think I’ve mentioned this before on a few of your posts about long cycles.
I honestly would go for it. I also had really long/irregular cycles but was ovulating (former charter here 😉 ). I went to my doctor and she basically told me that even if i was ovulating, It likely wasn’t strong enough or that by that time in a long cycle the egg likely wasn’t of the same quality and wouldn’t fertilize.
I had about 3 normal cycles after going off the pill (around 28-35 days) and then all hell broke loose. Longest cycle was 100 days and had cycles in between at 40, 60, 70 + days. Very, very frustrating.
I was referred to an RE who did an investigative cycle and more or less said that whle I didn’t ahve any other symptoms of PCOS except for long/irregular cycles, that was my diagnosis. I did blood work and ultrasounds every other day, and by day 35 of the investigative cycle the eggs were still maturing SO slowly (they basically were at the size that someone with a ‘normal’ cycle woudl see on days before CD10- so small), that it was pointless to continue. I was given Provera to induce AF and my next cycle i was started on Clomid.
I was given 100mg on day 3-5 of the next cycle, got pregnant that cycle and we are due Nov 20. I would honestly say that it’s worth it to try it, at least you’d give yourself a chance every month instead of waiting 2, 3, 4 + months at a time to POAS. I was one of those who needed the Clomid to induce a stronger Ovulation than I was doing on my own. It worked like a charm, my follicles matured super quickly and were huge on day 14-15, I o’d CD16 of my first Clomid cycle and got a BFP 14DPO. I was also on metformin at the time which I’m not sure helped or not, but… there it is.
Good luck! I would seriously consider doing it. If you have any questions please feel free to PM me. I had zero side effects from it and would/will totally use it again when we decide we’d like to try for #2.
Post # 5
Honestly, I think it’s time to find a new doctor! Can you switch to someone who is more interested and collaborative, and someone who is generally better informed about women’s health? That nonsense about the ovulation blood test would have been my walking order personally.
I think you’re in a tough spot. I can say, though, that if it were ME, I’d probably try to hold off on Clomoid for another three to six months to see what your body is doing. It looks like your cycle days are decreasing fairly dramatically and 36-40 days is long but it’s not insane long. I pretty much go about 30-32 days, but appear to have had a delayed ovulation this month and am thinking I’m going to be at least 36 days this cycle (I’m on day 34 right now). If you’re actualy ovulating, I’d say try to go for a few more months and keep charting.
My line of thinking is that you really don’t want to take clomoid unless you really need it, and you can only do it so many times. So I personally would wait a while longer.
Hang in there, I know how hard it can be. DH and I got to try for a few months over the summer but are now separated (long distance – work) and won’t be in a place to TTC again until about January-March.
Post # 6
@StaceyA: how much did it cost to have that much blood work and that many ultrasounds?! Every other day?!? Did your insurance cover it? Yikes! Happy to hear you got a BFP!!! I am considering clomid so it’s nice to hear your story!
Post # 7
@MySunshine: Well, i am in Canada so… everything was covered 😉 I only paid for an sonohysterogram test which was about $120 and my Clomid wasn’t covered under my drug plan and I think was about $60. Everything else is covered here – I was very lucky. I do know some US bee’s who are going through the same thing and most of them have decent coverage, if they have been referred to a specialist for extra assistance/testing.
Post # 8
Has your DH had a SA yet? I would start there if you are anti-drug. Otherwise, I would try clomid… But I would also try to find a different doctor. I couldn’t have a doctor who waasn’t in my corner and on the same page as me. Good luck!
Post # 9
I agree with PPs, first off, find a new OB/GYN. Regardless of what you have going on, you need someone who will be supportive and walk/talk you through all of your options. We’ve been TTC since last July and we’re finally getting around to trying Clomid after blood work, ruling out PCOS via ultrasound, charting, and an SA. Through it all, my physicians have been super about answering questions and explaining things.
Post # 10
@pinkshoes: I was ovulating according to all my charts every.single.cycle. I truly think I wasn’t ovulating strong enough. First cycle on Clomid 50mg, took it days 5-9 didn’t O until CD 18 which was normal for me. (even with a 28-30 day cycle) Then 2nd cycle on Clomid 50mg I took it days 3-7, I ovulated on Day 14. BFP! (that was our 12th cycle TTC)
Post # 11
@pinkshoes: I was also ovulating own my own but according to blood tests I wasn’t. So doctor offered clomid and it worked like a charm. It was a stressful decision because of how much inaccurate information there is about it. My biggest fear was hyper stimulation but upon a lot of reading it isnt common and usually occurs in those on super high doses that didnt really need it anyways. (Aka Kate gosselin)
Post # 12
hank you all for the responses. I know I need to find a new doctor, but the choice ultimately comes down to me, so I wasn’t in too much of a rush yet. Any OB can prescribe it if I wanted it. I’ve had my blood work done at day 3 and after ovulation, and a few other random times, and they all came back normal. I do need to get my husband to do a SA and probably an HSG first though before I go for it. I hate that I didn’t just go ahead with all the diagnostics earlier and have to potentially waste another 6 weeks.
@StaceyA: I remember your crazy long cycle. We were neck in neck at around 90 days and counting back last Nov. Congrats on your little one, I’m so glad it worked for you!