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Offline summer98

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Clomid
« on: May 19, 2010, 06:02:03 AM »
Do any of the ladies here have any experience with Clomid? My OB wants me to consider using it to help us conceive. She says it has virtually no side effects and puts your cycle on a clock, so she uses it for anyone who's having trouble and most of her AI patients. We're thinking about it, but haven't made any decision yet.

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Re: Clomid
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2010, 06:15:10 AM »
Yes... I did not have a good experience with it. I had heard that it was like magic for many women attempting to conceive. I took it over a period of 8 months, either alone, or with prolactin. I stopped at that point because my immune system was completely shot. I had lost any resistance to cold, flu, any type of illness going around and was sick constantly.

(the reason I stopped taking it was that I personally felt I was in no physical shape to handle being pregnant). Amazingly, after I stopped taking it, the immune system came back. Apparently, this was a side effect of the drug on a "very small" proportion of women taking it. I asked my doc about this after the fact and he confirmed it.

As I said, it seemed to work very well for many women... but didn't for me and messed me up (but I must have been part of that small percentage). It was at that point that I stopped trying to mess with nature and let things be. We did eventually have two boys (with no fertility help) several years later.

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Re: Clomid
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2010, 09:04:06 AM »
I used Clomid, but for only 2 months and had no trouble with side effects.  However, I was not taking any other medications, nor taking it to regulate the cycle for any other reason than in prepare for artificial insemination.  It worked for us.  Good luck with whatever you choose!

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Re: Clomid
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2010, 12:42:28 PM »
Do any of the ladies here have any experience with Clomid? My OB wants me to consider using it to help us conceive. She says it has virtually no side effects and puts your cycle on a clock, so she uses it for anyone who's having trouble and most of her AI patients. We're thinking about it, but haven't made any decision yet.
Not a lady, but my wife and I have now gone through two separate instances of treatment for infertility, both of which involved Clomid (and several other medications as well).

We've been fortunate enough to have both of them work spectacularly. My eldest will be three in a couple weeks, and she's due with #2 in October.

As for side-effects and general health/well-being.... I'm sure she'd be able to tell you with much greater detail than I could her feelings about that. In general though, I'd say that she's experienced a lot of discomfort, sickness, and health problems over the last few years. Some of them may match up with side effects listed in Clomid (or the other half-dozen medications she was on), but most of which would probably fall under the category of "typical pregnancy". I must admit, I'd never linked any of the specific instances of my wife's medical problems with the hormones she was injecting, but the link does seem rather obvious when you step back and look at it from your point of view.

That being said, I'd say that it is definitely worth as much time as you are willing to spend to research your infertility specialist. We have gotten extremely lucky with our doctor, getting results that even he thought were extraordinary, but we know of a few other couples who have gotten miserable results with their doctors. Obviously everyone's mileage may vary when it comes to things like this, but some of the things my wife's friends have told her about their doctors has left my wife's jaw on the floor.

There are docs out there who handle even very similar cases very differently. Whatever medications your doctor has you considering, you should prepare yourself for many rounds of disappointing results (hopefully followed up by one that makes it all worthwhile).

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Re: Clomid
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2010, 12:42:19 PM »
Thanks everyone!
We've decided to try the Clomid and see what happens. Getting pregnant has become more complicated than I would have ever imagined. It's gone from the two of us to the two of us, the doctor, and the AI donor. Not to mention the pharmacy clerk, who told me 'good luck' when I picked up the Clomid!

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Re: Clomid
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2010, 02:58:07 PM »
Good luck, summer... I hope it works well for you! BTW, I don't know if you are interested, but ccli.org has information on natural family planning that has proven very helpful to couples trying to have children (as well as for spacing children). You might check that out in conjunction with the clomid. It may help your odds.
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Re: Clomid
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2010, 04:55:48 PM »
Clomid is an old medication.  I took the drug starting in 1978!  I went to a special fertility clinic at the University of Florida Medical Center.  Clomid was prescribed for me in high doses.  4 years later i suffered severe ovarian cycts on both ovaries resulting in a hysterectomy in 1983.  So, use it only under the supervision of a fertility expert.  All drugs have side effects, this one is no different.  Education yourself by doing an internet search.  Good Luck.

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Re: Clomid
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2010, 05:23:49 PM »
I have to laugh, so many people here are saying it's "no big deal".....the nurse where we did our fertility stuff at said, "oh, it has a side effect, OF INSANITY!"........to be real, if was like PMS X12, wish it worked for us, but it didn't and honestly a bit of temporary insanity is worth it in the end.