New to this forum and Clomid


#1

I’m new to fertility treatment, but not to infertility. I am in search of advice, pros and cons, and all around support.

Here’s my story:

I got pregnant at age 15, when my ex-boyfriend put holes in the tips of the condoms so he could “feel it more”. I did not know he was doing this, until 2 years after we broke up and still don’t know how I didn’t notice. I ended up losing the baby at almost 3 months. It was such a horrible experience. I still have a hard time with this. After that, I began getting ovarian cysts and had to be placed onto birth control.

Fast forward to 3 years after the break-up. My best friend of 7 years and I started to get closer than friends should be. Thank goodness, because I knew almost instantly after we got together that he was “the one”. My husband and I have been married for 5.5 years, and have been off of birth control for 6 years. During the first two years of marriage, we spent every month disappointed when I would start my period. Exactly 2 years after marriage, I found out I was pregnant. It was our little miracle.

Although being my beautiful little boy’s mother has been the biggest blessing in my life, I don’t feel complete without more children. When I was a child, I always wanted to be a mother and a teacher. I got both, but when I said mother, it meant to 2-3 children. I know I have one child already, and I know some may say to be happy with that because some can’t have any; I understand that, but the feeling of being incomplete is just as predominate in me as it is another person. We all need something to make us whole.

With that being said… 3 years after our baby born was born, we will begin Clomid. In June I had a long period, and then 6 days later began bleeding badly again. I went to my gynecologist to see if something was wrong, and he believes I’m not ovulating. I’ve already had ultrasounds (I have cysts on my ovaries, but everything else looks good), and bloodwork to check for thyroid problems, etc. Everything was within normal range. He placed me on 100mg of Clomid at days 3-7. Most things I’ve read say that you usually begin at 50mg; will beginning on 100mg increase the risk of multiples? I’m so nervous to begin, but excited to try and conceive with help. Also, my last delivery ended in an emergency c-section due to heart rate changes on Pitocin, as well as a blood transfusion for my little boy due to blood loss in the womb (nurse ruptured placenta while checking me, while we didn’t know my placenta had separated some). Will being on Clomid keep me from having a VBAC? Thanks for much in advance! I will start my 1st round of Clomid around July 14th.


#2

I guess being on any fertility medicine can increase your chances of having multiples but I think Clomid is 10% chance. I was on 100 mg and just had one baby. So I guess is wait and see lol.

And about having a VBAC, like you I had an emergency c section sue to something called vasa previa ( where the umbilical cord is not protected and it is really just hanging to the place te by a thread ( literally) so if the baby is born vaginally he most likely die from excess bleeding. No one new that at the time until I had my placenta delivered. So I am so grateful I had to have a EMC. That saved my baby’s life:). We all have a dream of having a vaginal birth ( well most of us at least lol), but we never consider the dangers that a vaginal birth can bring to a baby. After my experience I will not consider a Vaginal birth specially after a Csection. But that been said I know someone that just had her baby vaginally after the csection.

Hope Clomid does the job for you:).


#3

Thanks for your reply! Did you begin on 100 mg? I know the chances are higher for twins on Clomid, but although everything states only between 5-10% of people will have twins, I’m seeing a lot of twin births on different forums. Lol I’m just so nervous! My cousin had twin boys while on Clomid, so it seems like a high chance. My doctor is amazing, and if it hadn’t been for him we would both have died. I love him and trust him, but he’s not a big VBAC person. He told me I could try for a VBAC, but he just doesn’t like them.


#4

I started on 50mg and didn’t ovulate that month. So he bumped me to 100mg and them I ovulated the next 5 months until I felt pregnant:).
I would go with your doctor. Specially because it sounds to me that you had a good experience having a EMCS and saved both your life and your baby’s. Maybe after my experience I think that some women I made to have babies vaginally and some are not lol. I am one of them:). My only regret with the whole EMCS was that they put me down completely so I didn’t get to see him crying when he was born. I just woke up in so much pain ( I guess they forgot to give me more pain meds) from my csection that I didn’t even know I had a baby!!! I just remember my DH saying that our son was fine and I looked at him and screamed my belly hurts!!! But IF I would consider to have another one I would happily set up my csection date and love to hear the baby crying:). But not sure I want another one at almost the age of 40 lol!! We will see. And have to go thru the whole Clomid craziness again ( sight)… Worth it but no fun :).


#5

I felt my whole c-section! The spinal didn’t work. I remember trying to tell the anesthesiologist that I could feel everything, him not understanding me, my baby crying, me seeing how pale he was, and then passing out. I woke up in the recovery room so confused. It was a scary experience, and although it is rough, I would do it all over again to have my baby boy. I just hope they allow me to try for a VBAC. I really felt robbed last time. And now, I feel insufficient since I’m having to get help with conceiving. Being a woman is so hard sometimes!


#6

I don’t think Clomid should affect your ability to have a VBAC.

Are you getting regular ultrasounds and bloodwork to monitor your response to the meds? Are you able to see a reproductive endocrinologist? A lot of people find that the additional monitoring that RE’s provide really makes a difference. I would recommend looking into this if the option is available for you.

Best wishes!


#7

I’m not being monitored yet. I’m going to go through 3 months like this where I call if I start my period or get a positive pregnancy test. By September 30th, if there’s no pregnancy, he’s sending me somewhere.


#8

will he do any bloodwork to check if you’ve ovulated? hopefully something will happen in these three months. otherwise i’m glad there’s a deadline for seeing a specialist. good luck!


#9

He’s really adamant that I’ll become pregnant on my own with the Clomid, and is trying to provide as minimal care during this cycle as possible due to the fact that I’ve had a child on my own before. I had no clue what the process was for being on Clomid until reading posts on here. My cousin (who had a different doctor) didn’t get checked by ultrasound or anything when she was on it. I guess that’s why I kind of felt more in the dark…and still do in some ways.


#10

After having 2 periods last month, my July period is 2 or 3 days late and doesn’t seem like it is going to come (I don’t feel like I usually do before my period). I was supposed to start 100mg of Clomid this cycle, but I guess it is being pushed back until I finally get one. I’ve taken 2 pregnancy tests with both being bfn results. I guess last month really messed with my hormones. I’m feeling so frustrated right now. Has anyone had this experience?


#11

[QUOTE=jmr87]After having 2 periods last month, my July period is 2 or 3 days late and doesn’t seem like it is going to come (I don’t feel like I usually do before my period). I was supposed to start 100mg of Clomid this cycle, but I guess it is being pushed back until I finally get one. I’ve taken 2 pregnancy tests with both being bfn results. I guess last month really messed with my hormones. I’m feeling so frustrated right now. Has anyone had this experience?[/QUOTE]

I did 6 consecutive months on clomid before taking this break in July. Clomid definitely pushed AF back several days. I went from a consistently 28 day cycle to a 30+ on clomid. Hopefully you will get to start your clomid soon… Better yet, get a surprise bfp!


#12

first round of clomid

Hi everyone
I’ve completed my first round of clomid, and was successful with ovulating, and currently waiting to see if it was successful.:cross:

Although I’m hopeful I really don’t think I’m pregnant yet, but I’ll know for sure on Friday. :pray:

I was wondering how well does clomid work?
Recently diagnose with pcos, had an hsg performed and only have one fallopian tube open.


#13

[QUOTE=TBABE]Hi everyone
I’ve completed my first round of clomid, and was successful with ovulating, and currently waiting to see if it was successful.:cross:

Although I’m hopeful I really don’t think I’m pregnant yet, but I’ll know for sure on Friday. :pray:

I was wondering how well does clomid work?
Recently diagnose with pcos, had an hsg performed and only have one fallopian tube open.[/QUOTE]

:welcome: and good luck! Clomid works differently for everyone. I had a friend with pcos and she got pregnant the 2nd cycle on clomid. I, on the other hand with no diagnosis of anything, have done a total of 10 cycles (4 a few years ago and 6 now) with only one chemical on my very first round!

You are at a slight disadvantage because of the one working tube… Do you know if the open tube is the one with the follicle? Clomid tends to make people release more than one egg. I’ve heard doctors like to see 2-3 with clomid (usually 2). Keep us posted


#14

Thanks for sharing your experience, i don’t know when Asian countries allow those technique so that we can try here…


#15

Still no period. I called the doctor and his nurse told me to take another pregnancy test Thursday, and no matter what it says, I have to call them with the results. She seemed a little worried that I didn’t start it after my experience last month. I’m kind of scared. I’m praying for a bfp, but I’m feeling like it is something bad. Also, last night, I started feeling kind of achy in my pelvic area. I’m so confused. :confused:

Welcome to the forum! Good luck getting a bfp!!! :slight_smile:


#16

I started my period on the 29th…finally. But then, I lost my grandmother unexpectedly on the 30th. After a lot of thinking, my husband and I decided to go ahead and start Clomid on the 31st. It was the hardest decision to make due to the loss of my grandmother, but she had told me she wanted me to start it the soonest I could. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.


#17

Started my period on the 29th of July, and then lost my grandma suddenly on the 30th. Since we had had so much trouble the past couple of months with irregularity, we didn’t know if I should postpone taking Clomid to try and cope with losing her. After a lot of discussion, we decided to start Clomid on the 31st. Mammaw had spoken with me on multiple occasions in June and July about how she thought it was a good idea to begin it and bring in another life to this world; I guess beginning it felt like it was the last thing I could do that we had talked about. Due to everything being so rough, I forgot to take my last pill until the next afternoon. I was so frustrated with myself. I did not have any side effects other than blurred vision, so I was very lucky. Have any of you forgotten a pill one day of your cycle? Did it keep you from getting pregnant that month? We have been having sex every other day since day 8, which was also the day I took my last pill. My cervix is high, soft, open, and tilted upward, and my mucus is stringy. Does it sound like I’m soon to ovulate, because OPKs never show positive for me?? I’m on day 13 now.


#18

Sorry about your loss:(.

I never forgot to take my Clomid, but remember if this month doesn’t work you always have the next:). And it sounds like you might be close to ovulate. I hated OPKs too, it worked sometimes and sometimes it didnt, so I just went ahead and took my temps instead and bd during the a little more frequent lol:). And I also used preseed during my 6th cycle of Clomid and the combination of both finally gave us our :bfp: . But I had no cm to speak of since Clomid dried me sooo much.

Good luck to you:).


#19

I cramped all night long last night; I got barely any sleep. It sucked. I know I’m probably wishful thinking, but I would be so blessed to have this cycle work. I think I have it in my mind that I’ll have a little piece Mammaw here with me if it works. I know that probably sounds crazy, but it had just been really hard. Thank you! When you ovulated, how did it make you feel?


#20

Lots of cramps too! Now when I got pregnant all I had was loads of wet cm and cramps that felt like menstrual cramps on and off.
Hope you feel better today. Hope this is your month:).