Does Clomid work without the shot?


#1

I just joined this forum and this is my first posting, am hoping to get some answers from others to help with my situation. I am 38 never been pregnant. I was put on Clomid 3 years ago with IUI but it didn’t work. During that time I had to get a shot when I got a positive ovulation test, and the next day they did the IUI.

This time I went to a different doctor and they are not requiring a shot, but to take the Clomid for 5 days starting on the first day of my cycle followed by intercourse with my partner every other day. I’ve never been told I don’t ovulate and get positive ovulation tests and have been trying to conceive with the same partner for 2 years. Does Clomid work without the shot on ovulation day? I am to go back on day 19 of my cycle to get a blood test to check my progesterone levels (during the clomid cycle). my period should be starting any day so i am stressed out about all this. Also, my partner has a low volume of seminal fluid but the doctor said it’s normal. She didn’t review his results, i got a copy and his numbers in most categories are below average.

Another concern is that my job is going to provide me with employer paid health insurance in 3 months and in the past after I took Clomid, even though I ovulate and am in perfect health Blue Cross refused to cover me stating I have a “pre-existing” condition listing Clomid on their denial application. I don’t want to wait 3 months to buy Clomid (I pay for everything out of pocket now and my insurance wouldn’t cover fertility any way though I need it for other reasons) fearing approaching age 39 without getting pregnant. I had to wait 2 years to apply again which I did last year but stupidly dropped it recently after my boss said he would start covering it soon.

My cycles are 35-45 days apart and I get sharp pains but ultrasounds do not show I have anything. Am confused why I can’t get preg.

I know I’ve listed a lot of issues, will appreciate any answer. Thanks.


#2

I really wish I could answer your questions, but I can tell you that I have seen lots of women do clomid without the shot and have success so I know it can happen.

Good luck, I send lots of positive thoughts your way!! and Welcome!!


#3

:welcome: Calilady38!

I too am 38. I started TTC (trying to conceive) with my current pregnancy at age 34. I also had annovulation and DH also had low counts. Our journey to get pregnant was long and thus I highly recommend given your age that you move more aggressively if that is possible for you. I would start with seeking a Reproductive Endocrinologist (assuming you aren’t already seeing one) as they are specialists with female hormones, reproductive issues, fertility, and will help you to make the most of your cycles rather than just treating what they see as a problem per say sometimes they can even treat your hormones to more “ideal” levels which can make the difference (especially being older) in getting pregnant and not.

Though it is certainly possible to get pregnant on clomid and to ovulate without a trigger the fact that you are getting very limited monitoring with just the CD 19 progesterone checks indicates that your Doc is not very aggressive and that may be fine for someone who is young and has years to try, but because you are already 38 your fertility is on the fast track down. I am not saying it will not happen for you–just that you may want to consider being as aggressive as possible while you are still in an decent fertility window age wise and can use that to your advantage.

In my case it took us two years just to figure out hubby also had male factor infertility because we too were told by our OB/Gyn and his microsurgeon (that did his vasectomy reversal) that his Semen was fine. SO bascially we spun our wheels because even if I had been ovulating his issues were being ignored so here again you really want to cover both of you at once rather than waiting until a year or more of failed cycles only to end up with a low AMH, ovarian reserve, etc…due to adding over 40 as another factor.

Anyway, good luck to you! I have faith that if you find the right Docs for the both of you and the right treatment plan you will be successful!! Sending you lots of :pray:'ers and lot of :babydust: :babydust: !!!


#4

[QUOTE=Graciesmomma]I really wish I could answer your questions, but I can tell you that I have seen lots of women do clomid without the shot and have success so I know it can happen.

Good luck, I send lots of positive thoughts your way!! and Welcome!![/QUOTE]

Thank you Graciesmomma. I’m waiting for the doctor to get in in an hour to call and ask if I need the shot. Also the prescription says day 5-9, the hand out the nurse gave me with the dates to take, which dates to ave intercourse says to take it days 3-8 and the nurse told me verbally to take it the first 5 days of my cycle!


#5

[QUOTE=ahhny]:welcome: Calilady38!

I too am 38. I started TTC (trying to conceive) with my current pregnancy at age 34. I also had annovulation and DH also had low counts. Our journey to get pregnant was long and thus I highly recommend given your age that you move more aggressively if that is possible for you. I would start with seeking a Reproductive Endocrinologist (assuming you aren’t already seeing one) as they are specialists with female hormones, reproductive issues, fertility, and will help you to make the most of your cycles rather than just treating what they see as a problem per say sometimes they can even treat your hormones to more “ideal” levels which can make the difference (especially being older) in getting pregnant and not.

Though it is certainly possible to get pregnant on clomid and to ovulate without a trigger the fact that you are getting very limited monitoring with just the CD 19 progesterone checks indicates that your Doc is not very aggressive and that may be fine for someone who is young and has years to try, but because you are already 38 your fertility is on the fast track down. I am not saying it will not happen for you–just that you may want to consider being as aggressive as possible while you are still in an decent fertility window age wise and can use that to your advantage.

In my case it took us two years just to figure out hubby also had male factor infertility because we too were told by our OB/Gyn and his microsurgeon (that did his vasectomy reversal) that his Semen was fine. SO bascially we spun our wheels because even if I had been ovulating his issues were being ignored so here again you really want to cover both of you at once rather than waiting until a year or more of failed cycles only to end up with a low AMH, ovarian reserve, etc…due to adding over 40 as another factor.

Anyway, good luck to you! I have faith that if you find the right Docs for the both of you and the right treatment plan you will be successful!! Sending you lots of :pray:'ers and lot of :babydust: :babydust: !!![/QUOTE]

I went to a specialist a few years ago, with the intention to freeze my eggs. Somehow he talked me into trying IUI with donor sperm as I didnt have a partner at the time, it cost ver 500 just for each ultrasound, it ended up costing thousands between the hcg and everything else only for it not to work. Now I’m being seen at a regular hospital with a very not in depth fertility doctor who gives me little attention, repeating the Clomid I’ve already tried and telling me my partner’s SA s normal when the morphology and motility and volume all are below the average numbers. I’ll be calling them shortly with these concerns and find out what they have to say. I was seen by a different doctor at my last visit who wanted to do surgery to find out if I have cysts since I bleed between periods and have pain but he was off and she just gave me Clomid.