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Clomid - has anyone used it?

(16 Posts)
wotsitsmaltesers Sat 17-Oct-15 09:13:59

I went to fertility specialist yesterday and got given it but mainly because I asked for it (I'm 42). I'm not sure whether to give it a go or not and not sure about the injection side of things - i.e. injection to release the egg. I don't want to mess up future cycles.

mistletoeprickles Sat 17-Oct-15 10:13:16

I've had clomid but no injections involved?
Clomid stimulates the ovaries and therefore (should) allow ovulation.
Clomid should also be monitored very closely with ultrasound scans and blood tests.
I've had 6 cycles and have been lucky enough to get a BFP but it's been a long hard journey

redannie118 Sat 17-Oct-15 10:16:08

Hi op I used clomid in tablet form 17 years ago. After 3 months I fell pregnant (after 2 years ttc) my son is 17 next week good luck flowers

wotsitsmaltesers Sat 17-Oct-15 10:28:32

thanks. I've been put straight onto 100mg, probably because of my age, but am worried it might be too high.

mistletoeprickles Sat 17-Oct-15 11:55:41

Are they monitoring you? Each cycle I had a scan to make sure I wasn't making too may eggs

wotsitsmaltesers Sat 17-Oct-15 12:19:24

yeah i think i can go in and have a scan. What happens if you do make too many eggs. can you not try that month?

mistletoeprickles Sat 17-Oct-15 13:00:05

That becomes your decision. One month I had three mature follicles and we decided to try anyway.
The month I got pregnant on I wasn't scanned as the nurse was on holiday

wotsitsmaltesers Sat 17-Oct-15 15:27:09

Thanks mistletoe prickles what day of cycle did you start my doctor said to start day 2 which is today but have read you can start day 3 and thinking i'd like another day to think.

Illiria Sat 17-Oct-15 15:51:04

I am on my third cycle of iui with clomid, I have also been taking a trigger shot to ovulate if I don't have Lh surge by day 13.

I would ask about if you will have a scan if you don't surge naturally, if you end up doing the trigger shot then you will need a scan to time the trigger correctly as eggs won't release if they are triggered when they are too small.

I take the clomid at night so as to minimize the experience of the side effects. I'd rather have night sweats than hot flushes at work.

wotsitsmaltesers Sat 17-Oct-15 15:56:54

Thanks illiria. I didn't know too much about side effects so just been reading about them. Are they very bad? I just don't know what to do. What day of cycle do you take it on?

Illiria Sat 17-Oct-15 20:57:37

I take 100 mg days 3-7, from what I have read you take it earlier in cycle to get more eggs and later in the cycle to have one or two eggs.

The only side effects I have had are hot flashes and one possible cyst, but it could just have been a large follicle. My side effects haven't been too bad but they change intensity each cycle so I can't predict what this month will be like.

wotsitsmaltesers Sun 18-Oct-15 12:14:13

Thanks Illiria. I think I'm going to wait for next cycle when life is a bit calmer and I can do scanning properly. Wishing you lots and lots of luck. It's all so worrying isn't it.

mascaraisamust Sun 18-Oct-15 13:03:28

Sorry to gatecrash but you lot aeem in the know!

Anyone had clomid privately? What were the costs like? The consultant says he recommends a low dose next cycle but I'm worried about the costs of the ultrasounds etc! Thanks all and best of luck x

birchygoo Mon 19-Oct-15 16:09:51

I am on my 3rd cycle of clomid - I only had one scan on my first cycle which detected one follicle - so they told me that was the correct dose and sent me on my way!

I have a follow up again after my 3rd cycle but i think that will be for a lap&dye

symptoms - I have had hot flushes which are not pleasant :-( but only 1 clomid temper tantrum hahah

wotsitsmaltesers Mon 19-Oct-15 20:46:35

Hi mascaraisamust - I got my climid privately - the consultation was £250 and then prescription only about £11 - follicle tracking etc. about another £600 - not sure I can afford that - so it is expensive - I reckon if you went to GP they'd give it to you. Thanks birchygoo - I've chickened out of it this cycle as am worried about the side effects and have to do a lot of public speaking in next couple of weeks. May give next cycle a go - just seems so odd that the doctor just threw it at me because I asked. Probably thinks there is no hope because of my age. Fingers crossed for you for this cycle.

birchygoo Mon 19-Oct-15 20:57:23

When they gave it to me they said it was a chaep non invasive prettybsafe treatment method so thats probably why they gave it tonyou nomquestions asked. I think it only costs NHS about 7 quid for 6 month treatment.

Hot flushes at Max for me were 5 a day. But that was probably only for about 2 days a month and maybe a week of a few hot flashes. It didn't affect my EWCM as others have experienced either

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