Any experience with Clomid?

  1. My OB/GYN has just prescribed Clomid, I've been trying to concieve for almost 2 years with no success, has anyone ever taken it? Is there a high success rate? Any side effects?
    I'd appreciate any info.
    Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from oceanblue
    My OB/GYN has just prescribed Clomid, I've been trying to concieve for almost 2 years with no success, has anyone ever taken it? Is there a high success rate? Any side effects?
    I'd appreciate any info.
    Thanks in advance.
    Clomid is usually one of the first things doctors try when a person has trouble conceiving. Really, they should ideally check you throughly to make sure there is no problem, gynecologically, preventing pregnancy/conception. And, they should consider assessing your partner's ability to conceive, as well. IF not, they are shortcutting and may be wasting time and doing you a disservice.

    Anecdotally, I took it a few years ago and the effect I noticed was a LOT of irritiblity (think bad PMS) mostly and serious, I mean, serious, cramping at ovulation time. Sore breasts too. Other than that, nothing to report. The problem I had turned out not to be treatable by clomid after all. Here is an EXCELLENT article about Clomid and all your questions MAY be answered by reading it. Best wishes on TTC and hopefully we will hear you have a + test result soon!!!!!

    http://www.conceivingconcepts.com/le...cles/0020.html

    PS--- make sure they are checking your thyroid function. Yes something as simple as a slightly under-active thyroid can cause miscarriage and/or infertility.Hopefully, you are seeing a GOOD fertility specialist. GOOD LUCK!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jul 13, '04
  4. by   JUSTYSMOM
    Quote from oceanblue
    My OB/GYN has just prescribed Clomid, I've been trying to concieve for almost 2 years with no success, has anyone ever taken it? Is there a high success rate? Any side effects?
    I'd appreciate any info.
    Thanks in advance.
    Oceanblue,

    RUN, don't walk, but RUN to a reputable Reproductive Endocronologist! They are the ones that specialize in infertility. No offense, but your OB/GYN is NOT the right doctor to go to.

    The same exact thing happened to me. I wasn't getting pregnant at the age of 31. My OB/GYN decided to prescribe Clomid. It worked all right. Besides giving me terrible mood swings and hot flashes, it gave me an ectopic pregnancy. I had to have my left tube removed. But the doctor said my right one looked ok.

    I ended up going to a local RESOLVE meeting. They told me the same thing. RUN to an RE....and I did. I went to a very reputable group here in S. Florida. They immediately started with all sorts of tests for both my husband & I. One of the tests was a hystersalpingagram. As it turns out, I have blocked tubes. I would have never ever gotten pregnant the old fashioned way. The only way I could get pregnant is by IVF. My husband is perfectly fertile.

    Thankfully, in less than 6 months of going to this practice, I got pregnant via IVF. My miracle son is 5 years old. After he was born, I got pregnant again. But it was an ectopic in the other tube. I think the pregnancy opened my tube. But the inside of the tube was damaged. So I had that tube removed as well.

    Now I am tubeless. But at least I know what my problem is. It is tubal factor. We are now in the process of looking into adoption for baby # 2. We tried IVF this past January and my eggs weren't good. I am 37 years old. Age is a very very important factor in infertilty.

    How old are you? How old is your husband? Where do you live? Two years without success is two years too long. I am not trying to scare you. I am trying to give you the best chance to conceive (in my humble opinion and based on my experience)

    I have since recommened a number of other people to go to an RE instead of their OB/GYN. One of them was my sister and the other a good friend. Both of them got pregnant via IUI (intra uterine insemination) from an RE. Both of them had been to their regular OB/GYN. Both were told to relax, not to worry, it will happen, etc etc. See what I mean?

    Now, you may get pregnant with clomid and live happilly ever after. But I wouldn't chance it. Time may not be on your side.

    Best of luck- let me know what happens.

    Julies
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I agree w/Justysmom. You need a thorough workup for infertility!! There could be myriad problems to be considered that clomid will NOT help or improve for you. Speaking from extensive and painful personal experience, you need ALL the bases covered, including MALE factors, before taking clomid to attempt to resolve the issues you have. Best wishes.
  6. by   oceanblue
    Thank you so much for your replies. I have been seeing a RE for the past 5 months, he ran extensive tests on my husband & I both, numerous blood tests, hystersalpingogram, TV sonongrams, full work up on my husband, all is fine with him, he really didn't find anything with me except that my ovaries were a little smaller than normal. He suggested that I start fertility injections, after giving it some thought, I called my OB/GYN who has been in touch with the fertility specialist throughout my tx, I just thought that since no one really found anything physically wrong with me or my husband, why not start with oral meds first? I had a miscarrige 2 years ago & have had no luck with conception since then, btw, I was only about 2 weeks preg. when I miscarried.
    This, as I'm sure many of you know, has been such a frustrating time for us.
    Is there alot of weight gain with Clomid? The mood swings scare me too.
  7. by   oceanblue
    Forgot to mention, I'll be 34 in 2 weeks & my husband is 31, so I do feel like my clock is definitley ticking.
  8. by   JUSTYSMOM
    Quote from oceanblue
    Thank you so much for your replies. I have been seeing a RE for the past 5 months, he ran extensive tests on my husband & I both, numerous blood tests, hystersalpingogram, TV sonongrams, full work up on my husband, all is fine with him, he really didn't find anything with me except that my ovaries were a little smaller than normal. He suggested that I start fertility injections, after giving it some thought, I called my OB/GYN who has been in touch with the fertility specialist throughout my tx, I just thought that since no one really found anything physically wrong with me or my husband, why not start with oral meds first? I had a miscarrige 2 years ago & have had no luck with conception since then, btw, I was only about 2 weeks preg. when I miscarried.
    This, as I'm sure many of you know, has been such a frustrating time for us.
    Is there alot of weight gain with Clomid? The mood swings scare me too.
    Oceanblue,

    I am glad to see that you have been seeing an RE. Would you mind saying which practice you have been going to? Have you been diagnosed an "unexplained"? Are you aware of the difference between clomid and injectables? I am shocked that your RE would have you do clomid and or go back to your OB/GYN. That doesn't make sense to me at all!

    How large is this RE practice? Where do you live? Have you gotten a second opinion at another RE's practice? Just because this RE can't find anything wrong with you, doesn't mean that you should just try clomid. Of that was the case than why haven't you gotten pregnant in the past 2 years?

    Because of your age (believe me 34 is still ok, but don't waste too much longer) I would find a practice with a very agressive approach. YOU need to take charge of your fertility. Please keep me posted and good luck!
  9. by   KS student
    My daughter (who was 28) had stopped ovulating so her specialist prescribed Clomid. She had the bad mood-swings and other PMS symptoms, but no weight gain with it. She only took it for two cycles and ended up pregnant with twins. She had a very normal, healthy pregnancy. Good Luck!
  10. by   ?burntout
    I took Clomid about 4 years ago after my hubby and I had been ttc for a year-my ob/gyn (who had a sub-specialty in infertility) ran tests on both of us...everything was fine except the fact I have endometriosis (which we knew about anyway). I took it for 3 months and I did not get pregnant. Hopefully it will work for you.

    I highly recommend INCIID-it is a infertility website with loads of info and support forums...they also have some info on Clomid.

    INCIID
    Clomid Info
  11. by   mattsmom81
    I also went through a year of Clomid until a kind nurse at a reproductive center told me (in confidence, late in the game ) none of this was likely to work because my DH's sperm were not active enough. They just took my $$$ for over a year and it still burns me.
  12. by   JUSTYSMOM
    Quote from mattsmom81
    I also went through a year of Clomid until a kind nurse at a reproductive center told me (in confidence, late in the game ) none of this was likely to work because my DH's sperm were not active enough. They just took my $$$ for over a year and it still burns me.
    I am so sorry to hear that. Were you going to an OB/GYN or an RE while on the clomid? If this was a reputable RE practice, that would never happen in a million years. One of the very first things they do is an extensive evalutation on both partners. A sperm analysis is an absolute must!

    Have you since gotten pregnant? How long have you been TTC (trying to conceive)? What has been the diagnosis? If you would like to talk more, please PM me.

    Jules
  13. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from JUSTYSMOM
    I am so sorry to hear that. Were you going to an OB/GYN or an RE while on the clomid? If this was a reputable RE practice, that would never happen in a million years. One of the very first things they do is an extensive evalutation on both partners. A sperm analysis is an absolute must!

    Have you since gotten pregnant? How long have you been TTC (trying to conceive)? What has been the diagnosis? If you would like to talk more, please PM me.

    Jules
    I'm way too old now...LOL...this was when I was young (almost 20 yrs ago) and hopefully this kinda stuff isn't still happening out there. My DH didn't support any more studies or procedures so I gave up on having more kids...and my heart goes out to all moms who want to have a child but are having trouble conceiving.

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