(Closed) Clomid with OB/GYN or go to the RE

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I did both. I started with Clomid for 3 months with my OBGYN then went to a RE. I would advise not to jump straight to IUI though until you’re sure you respond to the medication.

Edit: Regarding multiples your chance is <10% for twins and even less for triplets. Combining that with IUI does not increase your chance of multiples.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would try the Clomid first but that’s just me. I believe clomid has a 20% chance of multiples. I guess Clomid still gives you a chance to sort of try on your own with a little help, and from my experience doctors only like to do about 3 months of clomid and then move forward if that doesn’t work. I would think (do not know any facts) that and IUI would have a higher chance for multiples than clomid.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@roxy821: You are waaaay off with the numbers on Clomid and multiples. Regular chance of multiples (no meds) is 3.5 percent. Clomid does double the risk — 7 percent chance.

@kayakgirl73: Since you’re 38, I would go straight to an RE for treatment. I found it very frustrating to do clomid through my gyno (no monitoring) and now that I’m moving on, it’s a PITA to get the records over to my new doc, not to mention they keep forgetting that I’m not a new fertility patient! Arg.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@bunny- Oh ok. I didn’t hear it from my doctor, I actaully read it in a book. Guess there was some false information there ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@Kayak – I went straight to IUI.  My husband’s philosophy is to maximize our chances, so that’s what we did.  And if you don’t respond well, they won’t do the IUI anyway.  Typically they will do an ultrasound on CD11 or so to check how you are responding and at that time they can let you know whether the IUI makes sense or not.

My office lists the risk of multiples on their paperwork as 10% for twins, and says that the chances of having more than twins is very, very small.

So I guess my advice is to go to the RE, why not? 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@roxy821: No sweat, just wanted to make sure no one was terrified of the meds for no  reason! I know so many people that have done clomid and none who had it cause multiples, though I’m sure they’re out there. In fact, I’m a clomid baby! No twin and I’m not even left handed. (you know what they say about left handed people and twins, right?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@bunny- LOL, so we should consider you evil ๐Ÿ˜‰ j/k

I secretly want multiples so I was sort of excited when I read that fact haha

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had a friend do Clomid with her OBGYN and got pregnant. And at 40, so she was super lucky. And she had a kid before, so that increases you chances of getting pregnant again. 

But if were me, due to your age–run, don’t walk to your nearest RE. They know what they are doing. OBGYN’s are kinda hit or miss. It’s a let’s try this, without really know exactly what they are doing (kinda like going to a GP for anti-depression meds instead of a psychiatrist).

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I also fully recommend going to an RE.  They can diagnose potential issues so much faster, and can give you more treatment options than an OBGYN.  My RE could do a much wider variety of tests than my GYN was willing/able to do.  My GYN also wanted to put me straight on clomid, whereas my RE was able to put me on Femara instead, which has a lot fewer side effects, AND had access to a lot of samples and coupons for meds ๐Ÿ™‚  Good luck!

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