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need clomid to ovulate, advice needed please

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pinkdaffodil23 Thu 05-Nov-15 11:16:37

Hi everyone
Ever since coming of the pill (revigdon or however it was spelt lol) I haven't ovulated or had a period sad
After going through different blood tests with my doctors and them coming back normal I was told that I'll probably need help to ovulate as our next step seen as my body is still not doing anything.
The issue were finding though is that to get an appointment with the gynea me and my partner have to meet certain criteria. My partner fails on the bmi question, even though his bmi is higher due to his body shape size and muscle w have been told unless he gets it down by quite a bit we won't be seen.
We do have an appointment arranged with the fertility clinic as the first doctor we saw put nothing down for his weight as you wouldn't think he's overweight by looking at him and it's gone through but the only worry we have is if they check when we get there and then send us away, which we have been told they may do.

we have looked in going private so we don't have this issue, but know where will tell us how much it will cost other than the initial appointment, so that doesn't help as we may not be able to afford it.

Has anyone here been on clomid and been successful and if so how long did it take you to be prescribed it after your first appointment. Did you go NHS or private?

Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask after looking through here and other bits of the site I thought it suited best thanks.

PrincessDandelion Thu 05-Nov-15 13:47:31

I'm half way through my first cycle of Clomid after stopping BC in August 2014 and never having a period. It has taken from October 2014 (when I had my first GP appointment) until now (well, October 2015) to be prescribed Clomid.

It might be different where you live (and whether or not you go private - this has all been on NHS) but where I live I had to have several blood tests, physical examinations, hormone challenges, GNRH test and HSG test before they would prescribe Clomid. My OH also had to have a sperm test.


Sylviecat Thu 05-Nov-15 14:08:03

You could try soy isoflavenes which worked as a kind of 'natural ' clomid to induce ovulation for me. You can get them from Holland and Barrett type health shops. Ime it can take a while to be prescribed clomid.

pinkdaffodil23 Thu 05-Nov-15 19:19:44

Gosh I was thinking once I'd finally got my appointment it wouldn't take to long, waiting a year would drive me nuts sad

Isoflavenes? I've never heard of them

pinkdaffodil23 Thu 05-Nov-15 19:20:55

Are they not soya? And isn't soya bad for fertility

Vap0 Fri 06-Nov-15 08:32:01

I took soy isoflathoms for a month and out of the blue did actually ovulate. I of course put it down to the soy. I had a dr appointment that month ready to be prescribed clomid, dp insisted I told the dr what I'd taken and the dr did this patronising shake of the head and told me I dp shouldn't read the Internet and actually I ovulated in spite of the soy as that should stop you ovulating. Because I'd taken the soy he wouldn't give me clomid and sent me away for another 6 months to see if I ovulate. I don't know much about the whys but I binned the pack feeling like a total idiot and ovulated each month after (for a while). In the long run, I now realise they soy had nothing to do with it and it had just taken 18 months (or it might have been longer I can't remember now) to start ovulating after the depo jab.

That's bad luck about dp's weight. They didn't seem to care about my dp when we were looking at clomid, in fact I had been to most appointments on my own as they all fell on a Monday morning so dp couldn't come, so for all they knew I could have lived with a bariatric. I suppose it just depends on where you live. From other ladies on here I've spoken to it appears that about £500 would cover the cost of initial appointment and clomid and scans for a month which I thought was quite good considering other treatments in infertility.

Best of luck to you and dp, if bmi is going to be an issue on NHS then it sounds like private is your only option as if it's muscle mass, which it often is with men, it's almost impossible for them to get under 30 without stopping doing any physical exercise and gym sessions. I do know that when we go back in Jan to go on the IVF appointment list we both need to be under 30 bmi to even get an appointment.

pinkdaffodil23 Fri 06-Nov-15 10:59:37

Right I've just gone through my last blood results and my testosterone levels are at 2.8 normal is 0.22 to 2.9
Am I wrong to assume this could be part of the issue.

Maple14 Sun 08-Nov-15 09:38:26

I waited over a year since stopping BC (and only having 2 AF) before GP would refer me. That was 3 months ago and we still have no letter to advise of a NHS appointment. I was getting depressed at not knowing the cause of my problems so we paid to go private. It was £400 for initial consultation and tests (internal ultrasound etc). They advised Provera and Clomid. I will probably start this through the private hospital as I'm just fed up with waiting. If you just have the drugs and blood tests it is not that expensive at all but if you want scans too they can cost a few hundred. My GP said she would still do my blood tests despite me having gone private so that will save some money.

Maple14 Sun 08-Nov-15 09:43:51

Oh and I would advise against trying to interpret your own blood test results - I got myself in quite a stress doing that, hence ending up going to private! But it was not as bad as I had feared.

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