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clomid...need advice and love love love to hear you sucsess stories! :)

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Amymarie22 Sun 19-Jan-14 21:22:29

Hello everybody! Am all very new to this, so am not very good with the abreviations yet ha. Just would like some advice and somebody to to talk to who may be in/been in the same situation as me. Me and my partner of 7 years have been trying to have a baby for 2 years with no success. Went to see my Dr who done the 21st day cycle bt which showed that my progestogen level that should be about 30 was 7! I knew this wasnt the end of the world but I was gutted! He referred me to see a specialist who advised I go my BMI down to 30 as at the time it was 32 and I am only a tiny 4ft 11 as being overweight could be preventing me falling. I have now got my BMI down but still nothing sad. I have periods every month and they are pretty much always on time. My Dr now would like to start me in clomid! All I know about the medication is what I have read online. I am so so excited about this but would just like to speak and hear anybody elses stories who have been on clomid or know anything about it! smile

lchats Sun 19-Jan-14 21:27:31

Hello got to be quick but just wanted to say I've been on clomid twice, with a lot less regular periods, and have two beautiful daughters to show for it - I'm very excited for you and fingers crossed!

baggyb Sun 19-Jan-14 21:33:25

I'm reading this with interest (TTC 18months, on the waiting list to see specialist). Can I ask, did your bloods show you had ovulated? My Dr doesn't tell me a progesterone level, just tells me whether or not they indicate ovulation or not (so I'm unsure if my progesterone is ok or not, I display some symptoms of it being low). Does that make sense?

FreeButtonBee Sun 19-Jan-14 21:36:50

I have 11mo twins from my first round of Clomid! I had PCOS, v irregular periods and DH had less than perky sperm. But here we are, with two little people. Good luck!

Amymarie22 Sun 19-Jan-14 21:45:11

Thank you all for you speedy replies! It gives me hope all over again! Baggyb...my dr told me that you progestogen level is the hormone that tells your body torelease an egg. The way he explained to me was that at 30 < was "normal" and mine was between 5-7 so there was a little concern but I was still having periods so I just assumed I was releasing an egg but it may not have been mature. You can ask the Dr for you progestogen level and they should be able to tell you. I just pray clomid works sad. Hope you get some answers too smile

Lcm23 Sun 19-Jan-14 21:48:16

I'll be watching this thread with interest as I am just in my first cycle of clomid. CD 10 scan showed 1 follicle, CD 12 scan showed same follicle had grown to 17mm, had a scan on CD 17 which showed follicle had burst as was 3mm, OPK on CD 17 also came up positive both in afternoon and I repeated test at night time. We have been active at least every other day since CD 9 so I'm just in my waiting period now.....waiting to see if AF arrives or if I get my BFP. Got CD 21 bloods to have on wed which will actually be CD 22 so that will confirm for defo if I did Ov but scan and OPK both indicate I have so fingers crossed!

FYI - my BMI was 44 when I first had my appointment at clinic in aug 12, now 29 hence they have now given me the clomid. I also have PCOS. Husband SA was ok.

ForTheLoveOfSocks Sun 19-Jan-14 21:55:04

Amy you sound like you are in a similar position I was three/four years ago. Regular periods but very low progesterone levels

I concieved DD on cycle #2 of clomid. She is now 2.5 and I am pg with DC#2.

One piece of advice I would give is you may ovulate earlier than you think, which could explain the lower levels. We would TTC once my AF had finished to make sure. We had no problems with conceiving DC#2, took around seven months. Whereas DD was two years in the making.

GeordieJellybean Sun 19-Jan-14 21:55:41

I got pregnant with my now 3 month old DS on my 3rd cycle of clomid. It was prescribed by my GP and I didn't have any monitoring whilst I was on it. I did use OPKs (ovulation prediction kit) though. They didn't show ovulation on the first round (50mg) and my GP told me to increase to 100mg on the next round. OPK showed ovulation but AF (period) started 9 days later so I did another round of 100mg but didn't hold out much hope and went back to the GP who prescribed another 3 rounds and referred us to the fertility clinic. Didn't need that though as I did a test 11 days after ovulating and was pregnant! grin
Best of luck to you!

baggyb Sun 19-Jan-14 21:56:10

Thanks! GP is running day 21 bloods every month until we get to specialist. Most of them show ovulation has occurred but not all. BMI is 26. Husbands SA showed a normal count but that they were small. GP is unsure what the 2 issues combined mean in the long term. Good luck to us all!

ForTheLoveOfSocks Sun 19-Jan-14 21:57:00

Oh, and clomid can make you have hot flushes. I got round this by taking them before bed, so that I wasn't having flushes while at work

Amymarie22 Sun 19-Jan-14 21:57:31

Lcm23, could you please explain what CD means? Sorry but am so new to this. So you have to have scans wjen on clomid? Im so sorry but my dr who has been amazing didnt really explain much about clomid to me in my consultation so am still a little in the dark. I was just so excited that I was getting somewhere that all questions I wanted to ask him vanished! Have fingers and toes crossed for you smile

baggyb Sun 19-Jan-14 22:10:49

CD is Cycle Day.

Amymarie22 Sun 19-Jan-14 22:11:39

ForThesLoveOfSocks, I was doing OPK when me and my partner first started trying and I was getting + reults around about 2wks after AF! I was so confused. My partner has had tests and is all normal. Its just so frustrating sad. I have read that a lot of people suffer with hot flushes on clomid. So do you get the tablets monthly? After each cycle? Sorry if im asking to many questions just want to be able to understand! Ha smile

Lcm23 Sun 19-Jan-14 22:24:54

Hi Amy, I think different drs/clinics deal with clomid differently. I has given 3 cycles worth and advised on my first cycle to take 50mg on CD 2-6. I was the told to book in a scan on CD10. When I had the first scan they identified a follicle (��) but womb lining was thin so told to have another scan on CD12. Had that scan and womb lining still too thin to told to go back on CD17. Womb lining on this scan was an ideal thickness and this is the scan that showed the follicle had burst. With my clinic, the monitor the first cycle to check it's working then for future cycles (let's hope I don't need it - eek!) they leave you to do it alone. The reason the first cycle us monitored is to make sure the disease is right as 50mg for some people is not enough and therefore the doseage needs increasing, for some it can cause hyper stimulation of the ovaries in which case you will be advised against having sex due to the high risk I've severe multiple pregnancy. I have read threads on here though where people have had no monitoring at all. Personally I have found the monitoring extremely helpful. Hope this info helps.

Lcm23 Sun 19-Jan-14 22:26:08

Oh and I took my tablet before bed and suffered awful night sweats. Would wake up literally wet through with sweat.....gross.....hubby not impressed at me changing bedding at 3.30am one morning as it was so bad!

Amymarie22 Sun 19-Jan-14 22:38:16

Thank you. Its such a relief to be able to talk to people who have been through this. I have an appt in February to have a dye put into my cervix and then the x-ray. Have heard that this can be painful so am a little worried....but it will all be worth it! I have read on different forums about women taking tablets a night as they found it easied to cope with flushes! I will just have to remember my questions when I see him next smile

Gingerbreadlady1 Thu 23-Jan-14 21:17:33

Hi ladies, can I join in? I've never, ever used an Internet chat room before so learning the rules as I go lol! Firstly, lottystar, we've never met but huge congratulations, lovely that this journey ends well for some! As for me, been ttc for over a year now. I'm an old bird at 38 so freaking out that I've missed my chance! On my first clomid cycle, opk test indicates that I'm ovulating today (yippee!!) oh and pcos too. Just looking for moral support from people going through the same thing xx

Gingerbreadlady1 Thu 23-Jan-14 21:19:52

Sorry, that post was from another clomid thread hence the reference to someone with a lovely success story. Duh, making mistakes already lol!

Gingerbreadlady1 Thu 23-Jan-14 21:24:49

Amymarie 22, I had the dye test a couple of months ago. It was uncomfortable (apparently I have an odd uterus or cervix, cant remember which,who knew), but not painful so try not to worry. If you tense it won't help, not too dissimilar to a smear. Good luck. It also can unblock the tubes so you'll be more fertile after, silver linings and all that! X

Dorchester16 Sat 01-Feb-14 12:44:38

Hi everyone, I'm totally new to this and the same as Amymarie - don't yet understand all of the abbreviations! Just wanted to say I've really appreciated reading through all of your comments as I have been really surprised how emotionally affected I am by the process of trying to conceive. We've been trying for 15 months, have PCOS and endometriosis. Had a miscarriage at 10 weeks after 5 months trying. I'm now on clomid and feeling really odd! I get real discomfort in my side around day 12 - does anyone else have this? Does anyone know does this indicate ovulation, or perhaps that it's coming? Thanks everyone

RufusTheReindeer Sat 01-Feb-14 12:48:14

No advice as it was so long ago but ds1 is 15 and currently taking up a lot of room on the sofa in his onsie, clomid worked for us

Then dd and ds2 turned up without the use of clomid! My body obviously remembered what it should be doing!!!!

Good luck to you both

Gingerbreadlady1 Sun 02-Feb-14 20:22:05

Hi dorchester I found myself really tender this month, felt ready to burst then after ov the discomfort went away. Thankfully no hot flushes.oh & I ov at day 19 which is quite late. This is my first clomid month so fingers crossed!

bradley321 Wed 05-Feb-14 14:09:23

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AttilaTheMeerkat Wed 05-Feb-14 16:25:00

Dorchester

Are you being monitored whilst on clomid?. I hope you are because you should be!. If you are not being monitored you have no idea whether its doing what it is supposed to be doing or otherwise, clomid's main job is to make the ovaries work harder.

Clomid is quite powerful stuff and should actually be given with a degree of caution to PCOS patients. Clomid resistance is not unknown.

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