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Clomid when already ovulating-advice?

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ali763 Thu 31-Oct-13 10:12:49

Hi, I'm looking for some advice. Me & dh have been trying to conceive for 12 months. Had loads of blood tests & a lap&dye & everything seems to be fine. Dh has had semen analysis which was also fine.

The consultant has now prescribed 6months 50mg clomid but im reluctant to take it. I just feel like why put chemicals into my body & interfere with nature when there doesn't appear to be anything wrong? But then at the same time, I just want to get pregnant and wonder if by delaying taking these meds, im delaying getting the pregnancy that we both want so much??! I really don't know what to do. On one hand I just think I should give it a few more months and see if things happen naturally but then on the other hand I think, well it hasn't happened in 12 months so just crack on& take the meds.... Advice anyone? im 30 years old so I don't have any age worries at the moment.

After looking on the Internet I'm also unsure as to whether clomid is that effective for people with unexplained infertility?

AttilaTheMeerkat Thu 31-Oct-13 13:41:50

Why was clomid prescribed to you?. It should not be given unless there is definite proof that ovulation is not happening.

Also clomid is often the first line of treatment offered, to be given this after a lap and dye does seem a bit strange.

Do you feel that you as a couple have been adequately investigated to date?. I ask this as for instance one semen analysis is in no way conclusive.

I would consider seeking a second opinion particularly if you have no diagnosis of the underlying problem/s.

ali763 Thu 31-Oct-13 15:55:47

well ive had the 21 day progesterone test and that was fine & ive had my hormone levels taken at the beginning of my cycle & they were also fine. I also track my bbt so im confident that I am ovulating. The consultant just said the clomid would give my ovaries a "boost".

My dh has only had one analysis so maybe we should do another of those. Ill query it with the consultant.

tillyann2013 Thu 31-Oct-13 18:37:35

This is what happened to me too, 6 months clomid even though. Was ovulating. Watching with interest.

Naggynoo Thu 31-Oct-13 19:21:26

Tillyann, have you taken your clomid?

I'm contemplating calling the consultant and asking her opinion on whether I should actually take it but firstly, I'm sure she wouldn't have prescribed it if she didn't think I should take it and secondly, I feel that it's probably just a necessary step in the process.

Naggynoo Thu 31-Oct-13 19:22:42

Btw, I've changed my username-I posted the original question!!!

Iwaswatchingthat Thu 31-Oct-13 19:29:40

I had to wait two years and take metformin for a year before I got my precious clomid.

I could not wait to take it and the thought of chemicals did not cross my mind.

I conceived dd1 on the first round and did not take again as dd2 was 'naturally' conceived. It was a dream come true.

The consultant would not have prescribed lightly.

If you are ovulating yourself though you might have a higher risk of a multiple pregnancy!

I was told we had a one in four chance of a multiple, and i had not ovulated or had a period in nearly three years, but we had a single pregnancy.

Good luck!

tillyann2013 Thu 31-Oct-13 19:38:39

Yes I have but it didn't happen for us. Have also had 2 rounds of iui with gonal f and ovitrelle. However, a few people I know fell first time with cloned so you just never know. I don't think it does any harm though. Good luck.

moggle Fri 01-Nov-13 11:57:58

Our consultant said i would not be given clomid since I was ovulating. Unlike other comments such as "it can't hurt", he said it's possible that it can, esp in conjunction with a slightly low AMH which I have (means lower egg reserve) because instead of releasing one egg per cycle you release multiple.. He said he didn't want to "waste" eggs when there was no evidence of improved conception rate on clomid if you were already ovulating. ie he said it helps if your problem is related to lack of an egg, or lack of an egg at a predictable time, but if your problem is related to something else (like implantation etc) it's probably not going to help and will potentially just use up more eggs, esp on the higher doses.

Naggynoo Fri 01-Nov-13 13:54:07

Moggle, I saw Richard Winston the fertility expert on This Morning today and he told someone who called in that if she is already ovulating she should definitely NOT take clomid as there's no evidence to show it works on people who have no ovulation problems and it can in fact have a detrimental effect and stop you ovulating!!!!

I think I am definitely going to see my consultant again and discuss other options as ths as really put me off taking it!!!

tillyann2013 Fri 01-Nov-13 17:34:29

Moggle, that makes total sense. I'm sure my docs haven't got a flipping clue what they're doing! Thanks for that. I'm still not sure why we were told iui was next step either as I thought that was only recommended if there were male issues.

barkingtreefrog Sat 02-Nov-13 08:19:30

Where I live you have to take 6 months of clomid before you are eligible for IVF (and have been ttc for 2 years). We were told 'unexplained' and given the clomid but even as he gave it to me the consultant said it probably wouldn't work as I was already ovulating but it might boost our chances. I got a bfp on the 1st round (didn't stick, but still happy to have got that far). I will be taking the clomid again as soon as AF returns.

MildDrPepperAddiction Sat 02-Nov-13 08:28:33

I would speak to consultant again. I had been ov naturally also, prescribed clomid and then it all stopped. It was really difficult to deal with. Good luck and I hope you get your bfp soon. smile

Damnautocorrect Sat 02-Nov-13 08:37:25

Prof Winston also said it was designed as a contraceptive pill when the side effect of making rats ovulate who didn't before was discovered.
Personally I'd be doing some research.

Mehrida Mon 11-Nov-13 09:14:19

After 3 yrs ttc and undergoing every fertility test known to man/womankind I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. I was definitely ovulating regularly so that wasn't the issue.

After all the tests, the fertility nurse put me on Clomid because that was 'just one of the steps we go through before IVF treatment'. I wasn't expecting anything to come of it and we were resigned to another year waiting for IVF.

You can guess the rest. DS was conceived in the first Clomid month and is now a grubby, shouty and much loved toddler.

When we were getting the scans during the Clomid, we saw that I produced lots of follicles in the first test. Two days later there were only two. We think that although my body ovulates, the follicles don't last long. The Clomid boosted me to produce more, and therefore there was more chance of one hanging around to hook up.

We had been trying for such a long time that we were past worrying about chemicals etc. I know what you mean, but when I look at DS now trying to steal my cornflakes I think, it really, really doesn't matter.

Sorry so long, but thought you'd like to hear a success story from someone in the same boat.

Naggynoo Mon 11-Nov-13 23:22:01

Mehrida thank you so much for your positive story! I've got an appointment with my consultant just before Christmas to speak to her about clomid but I think im just going to go ahead and take it after next af. Your story has given me hope, thank you!! smile

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