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Old 11-15-2000, 08:50 AM   #1
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Clomid & conceiving

Could anyone give me some success stories when using clomid? It has been a while since i have looked at healthboards. It helped me get to this point.

After i got off the pill over a year ago, i stopped having my period. I got really nervous because my husband & i want to start our own family. When i went to my doctor, he put me on clomid. I got my period after one week. I was really suprised. Then to get it more normal he doubled the dose. I am now taking 2 pills a day during that week. I am taking my temp every morning, and the doctor told me that my chart looks pretty normal. My question is should i not get too excited that i can conceive now. Or do i have to go through all the other processes that i have read about.

Please someone give me advice or some hope. I would appreciate it. Thank you!

 
Old 11-15-2000, 01:52 PM   #2
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Re: Clomid & conceiving

Hi Anjie
Is your doc monitoring throughout the clomis cycles. Many people have conceived on clomid...it is hard to say woithout knowing all your history. Did you ovulate naturally prior to taking clomid? What dosage are you taking? Are you having u/s? Have all the side effects been explained to you, etc? Sorry I am not much use at this stage but YES there are success stories. I was due to start clomid this month but was not happy about doing it , taking into consideration that so far everything is unexplained, so we are doing more tests first.....If I can help any more i'll try
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Old 11-15-2000, 03:39 PM   #3
 
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Re: Clomid & conceiving

Anjie,

After trying to conceive for about a year with no luck, my EX-doctor put me on Clomid for three months, then off for a couple, than back on again for two months. (He also gave me another prescription some time after that, but I don't remember taking it. By then there was some question circulating about his ethics.)

Anyhow, I'm sorry to say I had no luck. Of course if the doctor had been more thorough and monitored my "progress", he would have learned that I have high levels of prolactin which do not allow my eggs to release. (I found this out after switching to a different doctor.) The Clomid made me produce more eggs (we assume), which then grow into cysts. The Clomid actually COMPOUNDED my problems.

There is also an elevated risk of cancer if you are on Clomid for long periods of time, which is why usually women are not on it for more than a few months at a time.

OK, now that I've rained on your parade, let me tell you a brighter story. My best friend tried for two years to get pregnant. Like me, there was no obvious reason why she couldn't conceive. She went on Clomid and was pregnant the FIRST MONTH. Plus she had a remarkably healthy pregnancy. She has two precious little ones now.

So, Clomid was a bad idea for me, but not for her. Would she have gotten pregnant without the Clomid? Maybe. But we don't know.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you know ALL the risks involved with any medication the doctor puts you on. Also, make sure he monitors your health.

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Old 11-16-2000, 05:25 AM   #4
 
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Re: Clomid & conceiving

Anjie,
I personally do not know of anyone conceiving on clomid; however, I do know alot of people who have taken it, including myself. I think clomid is a good start, even if you don't get pregnant while taking it, you may get pregnant right after you stop taking it. It sounds silly, but it happened to two of my friends. I took it for 4 months and was unsuccessful; however, keep the faith. If you hadn't had a period for that long and clomid made you start, there is great hope for you. Be careful of the dose and the amount of time on it. It's not good to take it for too long. And make sure your doctor monitors you while on it. Good luck !!

 
Old 11-25-2000, 09:15 AM   #5
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Re: Clomid & conceiving

Hi. It's been awhile, but I did conceive on clomid after two or three months. The important part was knowing when to have sex. Along with the clomid we used First Response (this is not an ad - other ovulation predictors might work just as well) during the days that my doc said I should ovulate. This worked very well because it is important that you don't have sex too often OR too infrequently. The ovulation predictor will give you an idea of your best time to conceive and is much better than "the every other day" method. It also lets you know IF you ovulated because I didn't the first month so my doaage was upped. Hope this helps.

 
Old 11-25-2000, 09:21 AM   #6
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Re: Clomid & conceiving

Oh I forgot. Speak to your doctor about the possibility of taking a drug called Prometrium during the part of the cycle after you have ovulated. If you have low progesterone levels (and even if you don't) it may help the fertilized egg "stick".

Oh and as far as the cancer goes, my doc said that being on the pill prior too, or for any length of time offers protection.

Ovarian cancer is sometimes seen in women who have taken very high levels which are necessary for in-vitro fertilization or who have taken the drug for extended periods of time. Anything creating more estrogen (some people have excess levels naturally) puts someone at risk.

 
Old 01-01-2001, 09:07 PM   #7
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Re: Clomid & conceiving

I had success with Clomid on my third cycle. I had the same problem....I went off the pill and my body didn't go back to normal. You should also have your prolactin levels checked....mine were high and once those were under control I conceived. Keep in mind....with Clomid you typically ovulate later in the cycle like days 17-20 instead of 14. Make sure you are timing things correctly. :-) Best Wishes!
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Old 01-03-2001, 08:33 AM   #8
 
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Re: Clomid & conceiving

Deena,

Question: How did you lower your prolactin levels? I have the same "problem" and the only solution the doctor offered me (a year + ago) was using bromocriptine (sp?). I really didn't want to take the med., so I'm just curious as to what you did, if you wouldn't mine sharing?

Thank you in advance!
starshadows

 
Old 01-03-2001, 10:00 AM   #9
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Re: Clomid & conceiving

I used Bromacriptine. It lowered it effectively and I conceived the next month. I did not have any side effects of the medication either. If you have any more questions feel free to email me.
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Old 01-03-2001, 12:14 PM   #10
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Re: Clomid & conceiving

Deena;

I was on clomid for three months and conceived after being off of it for one month.

I agree with the other women who have posted responses. Be sure about the timing. I too used the ovulation detection kits that are available over the counter. They are a great tool!

Good luck to you!

 
Old 01-06-2001, 01:04 PM   #11
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Re: Clomid & conceiving

Deena:
I have a few questions, and I hope none are too personal. How long were you on Bromocriptine (Parlodel) before you got pregnant? Were you on it to lower your prolactin level? If so, was this the only thing that had prevented you from getting pregnant? That is my case. I just have a high prolactin level, which is probably due to stress. I had an MRI and thyroid tests, which all came back normal. This is my second consistent month on Bromocriptine. As anyone else in this group with a similar experience with Bromocriptine? Please share. Thank so much.

Vashti
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