Post # 1
I have a few questions. I will be trying Clomid for the next 3 cycles. Just to give some background–I ovulate on my own around CD16-17 and have very regular 27-28 day cycles. We’ve been TTC for about 18 cycles and I’ve never had a pregnancy. I’m just curious if a lot of Bees have had success with this after unexplained infertility.
Has anyone tried Clomid when you already ovulate on your own and was successful?
Did you have twins?
How many cycles did it take to work?
Post # 2
MissCountryGirl727: I’m a little concerned as to why you were prescribed Clomid at all if you ovulate regularly and on your own. Clomid is for women who ovulate late, infrequently, or not at all. Ovulation does not seem to be your problem. Have you been checked for other possible reasons for your difficulty TTC? Checked your tubes, your hormone levels, had a semen analysis? If anything, it sounds like you may have a short-ish luteal phase, but Clomid will do nothing for that.
I was prescribed Clomid because I would go 3 months without ovulating! The cycle I took it, I ovulated on day 17 and did end up getting pregnant with twins. I lost one of the twins around week 10, but carried my son to 37 weeks. He is now almost 10 months old.
Clomid is a wonderful drug for people who need it, but for someone in your shoes, you run many risks, including ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and a very high risk of multiples beyond twins. Why are you taking it? I would seek a second opinion, if I were you.
Post # 3
I also am confused why you were prescribed clomid if you’re already ovulating….
Post # 4
Bad bad bad idea. Clomid is NOT for use in unexplained infertility unless you want to run the risk of high order multiples.
Post # 5
I had a Clomid + IUI success story. Not sure if it’s the Clomid or IUi that did it!
I had unexplained infertility (18 cycles TTC with 2 CPs). All testing on me and Darling Husband came back fine and I ovulated every cycle. My RE had us do 3 Clomid + trigger + IUI cycles and the 3rd one worked for us. I was monitored each cycle and had 2 follies the first time (100mg) 1 the second (100mg) and 1 the third (150mg). I didn’t have any lining issues.
My RE always prescribes clomid as a ‘next step’ either before or along with IUI. She things it helps with a ‘stronger’ ovulation with a better quality egg.
FX and baby dust to you!
Post # 6
Clomid is oftenly prescribed to women who already ovulate on their own. My RE is putting me on clomid in august, and I ovulate every cycle without fail. It creates a stronger ovulation and insures mature/better quality eggs. My RE explained that it runs no greater risk than in a woman who does not ovulate, and it has a good success rate.
But obviously everyone here knows way better than a medical doctor 😉
good luck!! I hope it works for you!!
Post # 7
MissCountryGirl727: on my 3rd unmonitored Clomid cycle and we’ll know if AF doesn’t show up today if it worked. I ovulated on my own, but thanks to PCOS and endometriosis it was delayed ovulation (after CD22) and inconsistent (once it was CD22, next cycle CD29). I was getting frustrated, so that why my doctor had me try Clomid. If nothing else, it regulated O to between CD18 and CD20 and we can get our BD timing better. I’m also on metformin this cycle to see if that helps at all.
So, no pregnancy success yet, but it has regulated my cycles and reduced my PMS so in that way it’s a success! I do have twin brothers and my doctor does think we could have a slightly higher chance of twins, but at this point, I’d take it! We’re on 11 months TTC and want 4 kids, so having multiples definitely wouldn’t be the end of the world for us.
Post # 8
My sister in law was ovulating on her own but had kind of long cycles. She took clomid for 3 months and didn’t get pregnant but then got pregnant the month after she stopped clomid. She is convinced that the clomid helped her cycle which resulted in her pregnancy. If i were you i would push for fertility testing after 18 unsuccessful cycles. You never know if your husband’s sperm have an issue or your tubes are blocked…clomid won’t help unless those issues are ruled out first. Best of luck!
Post # 9
I ovulate on my own every month. RE put me on Clomid 100 mg this month to ensure that I’m getting mature/good quality eggs. I’m usually a late ovulater (possibly to due to mild PCOS). We’re using the clomid with IUI.
Many many doctors prescribe Clomid as the first line of treatment for women, even those who ovulate regularly. Yes, it does increase your chances of multiples, but if you’re being monitored you can be aware of what’s going on. This cycle I had 3 follicles, and RE explained there is a very slight chance I could get twins.
Post # 10
MissCountryGirl727: I used clomid with an IUI cycle, and I ovulate on my own with no known fertility issues other than a missing tube. It did cause me to mature more eggs and faster than I normally would ovulate (I have long cycles). The first time I didn’t get pregnant, because I took a trigger shot that I had a bad reaction to and I never ovulated. The second time, I did a combo of clomid and gonal-f with a different type of trigger shot. I had two mature follicles on my tube side, did IUI, and got pregnant with twins. One twin was ectopic, so in the end I only have one, but that’s a pretty rare thing to have happen. I think if you have no known issues, including on DH’s side, then clomid can help just by creating more targets. So all in all, two clomid cycles to get pregnant BUT I did do IUI with them as well.
Post # 11
KatesTheWord: No one is saying they are better than a medical doctor. In fact, I recommended that she seek a second opinion, not take anyone’s word for it. If she’s not doing IUI / being monitored, then she certainly should.
Post # 12
I think what the nay-sayers aren’t realizing is that unexplained infertility still gets treated somehow by a RE. A good RE will not do this without running all the standard tests first, but ultimately, infertility protocols are all pretty standard. It is standard for a RE to start attempting treatment with clomid and see how the patient responds and what they can add or change in the next cycle after that. Clomid, to me, is the beginning of the treatment spectrum which ends with IVF if all else fails. The only difference is, if the RE knows what’s going on that could be problematic, they are able to tailor your treatment right away. Unknown infertility is still treatable, and clomid is a perfectly normal protocol for this issue as it doesn’t make you ovulate, it strengthens the quality of the egg and therefore the ovulation. OP was looking for anecdotal evidence, not faux-doctorly opinions.
Post # 14
MissCountryGirl727: I can’t answer any of your questions because I’m in almost the same situation. My cycles are super regular, 27-28 days, with textbook charts. We’ve been ttc for almost a year now with no luck and never a positive test. My obgyn wants to start me on Clomid next cycle. She said it stregthens ovulation and makes conception more likely. My DH’s SA came back good.
I’m skeptical, too, that Clomid will be the magic pill, so to speak. But since I’m older, mid-30’s, I feel like I should give it a shot, even thoughthe thought of fertility drugs makes me a little nervous.
Blah, we can’t this just be easy??
Post # 15
WELL as someone who has cycles exactly like yours…. I was prescribed clomid and it worked. OP just to double check are you temping and using OPKs? It was the only question my dr asked when I told her we were having problems. I took 25mg twice and both times I ended up pregnant. The first was an ectopic pregnancy though. Also, the twin rate with clomid isn’t as high as people make it out to be. The most recent info says about 7-8% (vs 2% naturally) so yea a bit more but honestly all of the twins I’ve come across on here have been from other drugs plus IUI or natural.
The BS that it’s not used if you ovilate regularly is just that..bs… Clomid can be taken at different doses and different times during your cycle to accomplish diferent things. One of which is to induce a stronger ovulation. My 7dpo progesterone level was like 3. So low my dr didn’t consider me to have ovulated. Thus, the first thing most any dr tries is clomid.
OP if you haven’t had your hormones checked I’d recommend that first as it can allow you to know a bit more about what is happening. I do think it is risky to not do that before taking clomid, You might not even know if the problem is with you or your husband. But if you have done that then don’t fear the clomid.. Good luck.