(Closed) My 1st post! Clomid? Femera?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Check out the infertility threads.  Here is the current one: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/infertility-thread-x but there are 9 more before it that got so long they had to be closed.  The women are so supportive and know a ton about the different treatments.  Many of them have been on both Clomid and Femera at different points in time.

But basically, I believe both Clomid and Femera are used to induce ovulation in women who’s bodies don’t produce large enough follicles to ovulate on their own.  They are basically a stimulant for your ovaries.

That said – I doubt you are at the point of needing treatment.  You’ve only been off of BC for 5 months and sometimes it takes a while for our bodies to adjust and get back to a “normal” cycle.  I believe many REs won’t even see you until you’ve been trying for at least a year.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@TurtleDoves: I totally understand the worry.  I have it myself and Darling Husband and I aren’t even TTC yet!  But my mom required fertility treatments to have me and both of my siblings (and took 18 months of treatments to concieve my brother) so I worry I’ll be the same way.

ETA: This is part of why a stalk the ladies of the infertility threads.  Knowledge for if I ever have to go through it myself (since I fear I will).

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@TurtleDoves: Both drugs are used to either induce ovulation in those who don’t ovulate regularly (like if you have PCOS), or are used to hormonally strengthen ovulation in those who already do ovulate and produce multiple eggs (this was me).  They are usually taken on cycle days 3-7, or somewhere around there, meaning you start as your period is ending.  For clomid, a typical starting dose is 50 mg, and it is typically increased up to 100 or 150 as necessary.  For femara, starting dose is usually 2.5 mg and goes up to 7.5 mg.  Depending on your response to the medication and/or your dosage, you may develop multiple follicles, and you’ll have to decide if you want to risk of twins or triplets if all the eggs happen to release and fertilize.  You also may have to take a trigger shot to get all the eggs to release.

To give you an idea, I started on femara at 2.5 mgs and got one nice big follicle.  The following months I did 5 mgs femara and got 2 nice follicles each time.  I liked femara and didn’t have any real side effects.  I’ve heard clomid can be much rougher on the body, and can have adverse effects on the uterine lining, but it works for some people!

I wish you the best of luck, and feel free to pop over to the infertility thread.  There’s lots of wonderful ladies with experience with these meds over there πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@TurtleDoves: I forgot to mention that usually you’ll be monitored on these drugs.  So you’ll get a few ultrasounds to know how you’re responding and how many follicles you’ve developed.  If the number of follicles is more than the number of babies you want, you can always cancel the cycle, and adjust your med dosage for next month.  But yes, we were always in the camp of 2 babies would be better than none! πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m on 50mg Clomid right now for the first time.  My only side effect has been hot flashes while sleeping, but that’s no big deal.  Clomid can dry up cervical mucus and thin uterine lining in some women.  So far I haven’t noticed any decrease in CM and I’ll find out about my lining on Friday.  I was prescribed Clomid to make my ovulation stronger and cause my body to (hopefully) produce more Progesterone naturally.

The first thing your DR will do is order “Day 3 labs” to check a bunch of hormone levels.  They will also want your husband to get a Semen Analysis although you might want to wait on that until your cycles are regular.  50 days is definitely not “normal” (in quotation marks because no one seems to actual be normal) : ) so I imagine that’s what your doc will want to work on first.

Come join the infertility thread for super-experienced advice!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You will likely have to have a bunch of testing to both you and your Darling Husband before they put you on anything. Long cycles are typical of PCOS, which is the cause of a lot of infertility. If you have PCOS with insulin resistance, Metformin might be a benefit to you. I ended up concieving on my first normal cycle after Metformin (I had 200 and 100 day cycles before, and was pregnant within 2 months of starting Metformin). I would do some research on it before you see your OB again, because it can really help some people, and there is no increased risk of multiples.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My doctor was ready to treat me with Clomid after only three months of TTC because my bloodwork showed PCOS and anovulation. I hope that’s not the case and that you don’t have it, but I do understand the frustration with your body not working! <3

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

As one of those on the infertility thread you should def. join us!!  You will find out any and everything that you need to know and then some!!!  For me I am getting ready to start round 3 of clomid.  First time was on 50 mg, second was on 100 mg and I’m getting ready to start 150 mg.  I haven’t O’d since I got married over 2 years ago and AF rarely shows her face, so finally deciding to go to the doctor in March of this year I have been charting my temps and then the last few months she has put me on meds.  I also have to take Provera for 10 days which helps start AF and then when AF arrives I take Clomid on days 5-9.  1st round I didn’t have any side effects and took the clomid at night, 2nd round the only side effect for me was teeth pain and that round I took Clomid in the morning!  I think I will go back to taking this next round before bed each night!  I went just last week to the doctor and she did a vaginal u/s which showed that I had 1 good follicle on each side of my ovaries and she said they were perfect, but I’m on CD30 and still no O yet.  It is frustrating when your body doesn’t cooperate!!  Good luck and I hope to see you around on the other board soon!  

 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@TurtleDoves: Yes, come see us on the infertility thread!!! πŸ™‚   As for Clomid, I took it two months. The first month I took 50 mg, the second month I took 100mg. I had bad side effects, but it was worth it because I was willing to do anything to get pregnant. My response was good (I had three follicles total) both times, but the hot flashes at night were not fun. But that only lasted a few days. πŸ™‚  Good luck! And please do come see us on the infertility thread. Great group of women and lots and lots of support and advice! πŸ™‚

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