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mummyloveslucy Thu 11-Sep-08 14:04:53

Hi, I have a 3.5 year old daughter who I had to take clomephene (clomid) to concieve. We would like to try for another baby but I havn't ovulated in 6 months so I'll ask to go streight on the clomid again, as 2 years of trying hasn't worked.
They say that Clomid has a 5% chance of achieving a pregnancy each time and you only get 6 attempts at it. The odds don't sound too great to me. sad
Has anyone heard any different, and how expencive is ART? (assisted reproductive tequnique)
I'm not worried about twins. I think it would be lovely. (not sure where they'd sleep though) grin

mummyloveslucy Thu 11-Sep-08 19:21:46

Anyone ??blush

mummyloveslucy Thu 11-Sep-08 19:56:03

Hello !! sad

HairyToe Thu 11-Sep-08 20:09:50

Sorry you're not getting any replies on this, Unfortunately I know nothing about fertility treatment. Bump for someone who does!

lulumama Thu 11-Sep-08 20:12:12

who is 'they"? surely once you are ovulating, and ovulating regularly, you have a similar chance as any women at conceiving?

why not ask to be referred back to your previous doc and take it from tehre?

lulumama Thu 11-Sep-08 20:12:32

how do you know you have not ovulated for 6 months?

mummyloveslucy Thu 11-Sep-08 20:57:05

I know when I ovulate as it's extreemly painfull. It does work in my favour I suppose, I don't have to buy testing kits. grin
The 5% chance each cycle was somthing I read. You are also more prone to miscarrage as well apparently.
It's worked once though, so I suppose that's a good sign.

MrsTittleMouse Thu 11-Sep-08 21:01:17

I thought that the low chances of Clomid working were due to it being prescribed for unexplained infertility. If it's worked for you once, surely it could work for you again, especially as you have a very definite reason for needing it.

It's easy to say, and not so easy to do (I speak from experience!), but I wouldn't worry about what to do if Clomid doesn't work until you've actually tried it first. What's holding you back from seeing the fertility specialist and giving it another go?

Good luck.

lulumama Thu 11-Sep-08 21:04:43

i see. well in that case i would get a referral to the doc ASAP and you can get on with the fun bit of TTC! good luck

mummyloveslucy Thu 11-Sep-08 21:08:01

I'm going to make an appointment tomorrow AM. I think I'll need blood tests etc on certain days of my cycle. I have no idea how long my cycle is, which might be a problem. I know it's not regular and my periods now only last one day. It used to be 5. Not sure what's going on there. hmm

Moonlit Thu 11-Sep-08 23:42:45

Hi mummyloveslucy - were you prescribed Clomid because you have PCOS?

AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 12-Sep-08 07:25:15


I was going to ask the same question as Moonlit.

If periods are very irregular PCOS can be one possible cause. Also if your periods are irregular you are less likely to be ovulating anyway.

If you had to take clomid the first time around in order to conceive you should be referred to a gynae as a matter of course by your GP. Also you have now been ttc for two years without success - a referral is certainly required now.

If cycles are irregular you can have the blood tests done according to calendar days (so it will be on the 3rd and 21st of the month). Don't waste any more time with the GP on this person doing tests, I would insist that he refer you to the hospital's subfertility unit.

Ovulation should not be extremely painful; I would talk to your GP about this as well asap.

mummyloveslucy Fri 12-Sep-08 11:46:13

Yes, I think it is PCOS. I have all the symptoms. blush When I had a scan last time he said there were cysts on my ovaries, one more than the other. He didn't actually mention PCOS though.

Moonlit Fri 12-Sep-08 12:03:50

What a plonker! Who did the scan? sonographer? Well the results should have been sent to your GP. If you had been diagnosed with PCOS, the GP could have helped you with your condition.

GP's really p* me off. As Atilla has said you now need to be referred to a gynae.

I have had PCOS for about 8 years. We conceived our DD at the first attempt after loosing lots of weight. However, TTC DC#2 is proving a lot more difficult, after two years TTC, I am off to see a gynae in a couple of weeks. Before this appointment i have taken steps to loose weight again. Which in my case always helps with my PCOS symptoms.

PCOS is a condition that needs to be dealt with and not ignored.

Good luck xxxx

mummyloveslucy Fri 12-Sep-08 12:55:10

I have a doctors appointment for today, so I'll see what she says. It might even be on the computer that I have PCOS, and he just didn't mention it too me.
It was the consaltant that did the scan, to check my tubes were o.k, I heard him mention about the overies to one of the nurses.

Moonlit Fri 12-Sep-08 13:04:16

Hi Mummloveslucy,

A scan only show or indicate clearly visible abnormalities e.g cysts on your ovaries. Only a HSG (the least invasive method) can show blocked tubes. A combination of blood tests and abdominal/vaginal scan can indicate PCOS. Definitely quiz your GP today. Demand a referral to your local fertility unit. Please let us know how your appointment goes?


mummyloveslucy Fri 12-Sep-08 19:13:47

I've been to see the doctor and she has refered me to the firtility unit at the hospital. She said she could do blood tests to find out wether I'm ovulating but it would be very hard as my cycle is so irregular. She said that they would probubly put me back on clomid to get me ovulating. It's a good sign that it's worked before, so fingers crossed. smile

Moonlit Fri 12-Sep-08 21:57:55

That's great mummyloveslucy. However, I really think they should look into the underlying reason/condition that has prevented you from getting pregnant in the first place. GP's can check to see if you are ovulating even with irregular cycles - they are just lazy. Clomid is often prescribed to PCOS sufferers, so in your case it works and I am sure it will work again.

Good luck!


mummyloveslucy Fri 12-Sep-08 22:13:30

Thanks Moonlit, I suppose if I get pregnant then I won't really care about the underlying cause. Unless it effects my health of corse. I'm glad that I have been refered quickly rather than waiting for blood tests etc. smile

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