Clomid on NHS for second baby?! Help needed!

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Rg1987 Fri 17-May-19 10:37:44

Hi all,
Wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation to me? Or has any words or wisdom?
To sum up our situation, I was diagnosed with PCOS as a teenager and have always had very long cycles. I started taking Metformin which helped shrink them a little but still very long. We thought we would have little chance of conceiving naturally but amazingly, we got pregnant in 2017 and I had our son last summer.
I'm 33 and would like to get cracking with trying for baby number 2 later this year...
My problem is this....I'm pretty sure conceiving last time round was a crazy fluke. The cycle we conceived in was 60 days long and it was complete luck that we got pregnant. Being 18 months older and knowing that luck was involved last time round, I really would like to see if we would qualify for using clomid or some kind of fertility assistance to get my cycle more regular so we have a higher chance of conceiving more quickly.
My question is....will the NHS let me go on clomid even though I've already conceived and haven't been actively trying for a year for baby number 2? If so could I appeal that decision? And if not how much is it to go private for clomid? We have money saved up for this as we assumed we'd need money for help in this area.
Any thoughts or help very gratefully received! Thanks everyone

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Lunablue765 Fri 17-May-19 12:59:23

Hello I have pcos also was told at 26 I wouldn't be able to have children without help but my first pregnancy at 29 I fell naturally so I naively thought I'm cured tried for nearly two years moved to a different area had another referral for fertility here and was told I could have clomid but I needed to lose weight. I however did fall pregnant naturally again but sadly miscarried and the gynae doctor refused to help after that. But in answer to your question yes you can get help for secondary infertility xx good luck

Rg1987 Fri 17-May-19 15:38:27

Thanks for your reply. Very sorry to hear about your loss. Xx

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itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted Fri 17-May-19 16:54:10

I don't know if clomid falls under fertility treatment in which case the NHS won't fund if you already have a child? (Same as IVF)
I think I read somewhere on the NICE guidelines that the NHS won't prescribe clomid for unexplained infertility but maybe because you have a formal diagnosis that may change things?

Rg1987 Fri 17-May-19 17:24:36

@itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted thanks for your reply. My local CCG website is useless and goes into depth re their policy on IVF but doesn't even mention less invasive fertility treatments

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firsttimekat Fri 17-May-19 17:29:36

I approached the dr in similar circumstances to you and was told there was no support for people who already had children. I think it varies depending on area so you'll probably need to go an ask.

Rg1987 Fri 17-May-19 17:33:06

@firsttimekat thanks...I thought this might be the case. If you decided to go the private route, how did u end up choosing a private clinic?

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firsttimekat Fri 17-May-19 17:38:06

We didn't. My DH wasn't as bought into a second as me and didn't want to spend our limited savings on something that might not happen and wanted to enjoy our life with one. I'm not sure I've accepted there will only be one yet, but that's for a whole different thread! Good luck with whatever route you go down.

Rg1987 Fri 17-May-19 17:41:07

@firsttimekat it's so difficult to decide isn't it. Sometimes I think that money would be better spent on our DS and I feel guilty for wanting more children. Other times I feel the opposite. Lots to think about! Thank you. And to you!

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MyDcAreMarvel Fri 17-May-19 17:45:06

You can have an online consultation from
a doctor for a clomid prescription here
I think it’s about £40 for a months supply.

codenameduchess Fri 17-May-19 17:50:08

Some trusts do offer treatment like clomid for 2nd, your have to check with yours specifically but not before you've been trying for a year. My gp was happy to prescribe me metformin for ttc after 6 months but you need a lot more monitoring with clomid.

Try naturally then get a referral if you need it?

firsttimekat Fri 17-May-19 17:59:54

I was aware of the availability of clomid online thanks to MM and spoke to my DR about it. She advised against it really strongly, with PCOS there is a significant risk of overstimulation which can be really serious and really needs close monitoring. Perhaps if I'd had it with my first without problems then I'd have thought about it but he was a natural conception and I couldn't risk my health.

Rg1987 Fri 17-May-19 18:13:44

@codenameduchess thank you! Seems like it's another postcode lottery again! I think I'll have to go and speak to a GP to see what our area's policy is!

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Rg1987 Fri 17-May-19 18:14:56

@firsttimekat completely agree. Googling clomid online and some horror stories come up! Will definitely go through GP whether NHS or private smile

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