Unsure about current Clomid usage


#1

Hello all. Hope I post in the correct place. My wife was on the standard pill for several years. She is now 33 almost 34 and I am 38. After the first 18 months with no luck, her OBGYN put her on Clomid which she has done 4 cycles. I was also tested and my count was like 23 million and my Urologist said all looked good with me.

Wife’s blood work, ovulation, hormones etc all check good when they have been tested. Still no luck. Anyhow we check her ovulation each month with a test kit and now have it down to pretty much what day it will be.

So I have been reading through some of the posts and have some questions. Hope you can help.

I see a lot of folks on Clomid get something checked called Follicles? And that their size should be like 20cm? This has never been mentioned to us, just that she takes the Clomid. When on this Clomid, it also makes her very dry and if I had to say, I would say she pretty much does not produce any noticeable cervical fluid described as sticky eggwhites. We have also tried to use the preseed lube to help. Is that normal when on Clomid?

We were thinking about the IUI option but just down know. She we pretty much drop the OB for this and look for an RE??? We were trying to use the OB because he was able to file some on Insurance but if she should be having other checks done, maybe its time to move on?

We also do not know anyone that has been to an RE to even give us a recommendation and from the searching I have done we will need to go the New Orleans and surrounding areas to find one. How the heck do we choose someone out of them all???

Do you all have any other suggestions on where we are and what we have tried so far? Im not getting any younger! LOL

Thanks
Mike


#2

[quote=caritobito]Hello all. Hope I post in the correct place. My wife was on the standard pill for several years. She is now 33 almost 34 and I am 38. After the first 18 months with no luck, her OBGYN put her on Clomid which she has done 4 cycles. I was also tested and my count was like 23 million and my Urologist said all looked good with me.

Wife’s blood work, ovulation, hormones etc all check good when they have been tested. Still no luck. Anyhow we check her ovulation each month with a test kit and now have it down to pretty much what day it will be.

So I have been reading through some of the posts and have some questions. Hope you can help.

I see a lot of folks on Clomid get something checked called Follicles? And that their size should be like 20cm? This has never been mentioned to us, just that she takes the Clomid. When on this Clomid, it also makes her very dry and if I had to say, I would say she pretty much does not produce any noticeable cervical fluid described as sticky eggwhites. We have also tried to use the preseed lube to help. Is that normal when on Clomid?

We were thinking about the IUI option but just down know. She we pretty much drop the OB for this and look for an RE??? We were trying to use the OB because he was able to file some on Insurance but if she should be having other checks done, maybe its time to move on?

We also do not know anyone that has been to an RE to even give us a recommendation and from the searching I have done we will need to go the New Orleans and surrounding areas to find one. How the heck do we choose someone out of them all???

Do you all have any other suggestions on where we are and what we have tried so far? Im not getting any younger! LOL

Thanks
Mike[/quote]

Hi Mike…I have only been through one round of Clomid thus far. I did not have the “dry” issue. I would think you guys should be going to an RE. My gynocologist referred us to one from the get-go. Maybe your wife isn’t on a strong enough dosage of Clomid. Maybe she’s taking them on CD3-7 and should be CD5-9 or the other way around. Maybe she’s not really ovulating and needs her progesterone levels checked. She should have monitored vaginal ultrasounds to see how well she’s responding to treatments, etc. All this happens with an RE. I hope you find the info and help you need!:cross:


#3

Thanks Mandy. LOL I have no idea what CD3-7 and CD5-9 are. We have had the progesterone checked and an at the Dr and also at the house ovulation check done and Dr says yes and the little screen at home always shows yes and lasts for about a day. She checks when it gets close then a couple more times. So usually if it indicates the LH surge (I think thats what its called) in the early AM then usually after a couple more checks its gone before 24 hours are up.

Do you recommend just going with whoever the Dr recommends since we dont have anyone else to ask?

I have read that looking into the IUI and IVF success rates for different clinics are important also if we get to having to do that.


#4

[quote=caritobito]Thanks Mandy. LOL I have no idea what CD3-7 and CD5-9 are. We have had the progesterone checked and an at the Dr and also at the house ovulation check done and Dr says yes and the little screen at home always shows yes and lasts for about a day. She checks when it gets close then a couple more times. So usually if it indicates the LH surge (I think thats what its called) in the early AM then usually after a couple more checks its gone before 24 hours are up.

Do you recommend just going with whoever the Dr recommends since we dont have anyone else to ask?

I have read that looking into the IUI and IVF success rates for different clinics are important also if we get to having to do that.[/quote]

CD = Cycle Day
My obgyn said “if I was going to send my wife or my daughter to someone, this is who I would send them to”. And since my obgyn has performed several surgeries on me, and I’ve been going to him for years, I trusted him.


#5

I went to my ob/gyn for around 6 months when we first decided we needed help trying to conceive. He was helpful but he really didnt have a good grasp on what we needed. He sent me for progesterone tests and all that but never an ultrasound to see follicle size and make sure I was not developing cysts from Clomid. I would suggest your wife see an RE for these reasons. Clomid is known for causing cysts and our ultrasounds can show them to us before they get too big/do any damage.

Also in my case, we found out I was a late ovulater so my ob/gyn wasnt prepared for that. I would suggest seeing an RE so he can see the whole picture and give you a better idea of what you should do as your next step.

I found my RE by going to my local hospital’s website and I looked for the head of the department and made an appointment. So far it was been fantastic! He has turned my issues around in just one month.

Best of luck to you!


#6

Thanks for help and advice. I’m going to see if I can make us an appointment tomorrow. Looking around in our area this seems like the most promising.
The Fertility Institute - Fertility Treatment in New Orleans Louisiana


#7

[QUOTE=caritobito]Hello all. Hope I post in the correct place. My wife was on the standard pill for several years. She is now 33 almost 34 and I am 38. After the first 18 months with no luck, her OBGYN put her on Clomid which she has done 4 cycles. I was also tested and my count was like 23 million and my Urologist said all looked good with me.

Wife’s blood work, ovulation, hormones etc all check good when they have been tested. Still no luck. Anyhow we check her ovulation each month with a test kit and now have it down to pretty much what day it will be.

So I have been reading through some of the posts and have some questions. Hope you can help.

I see a lot of folks on Clomid get something checked called Follicles? And that their size should be like 20cm? This has never been mentioned to us, just that she takes the Clomid. When on this Clomid, it also makes her very dry and if I had to say, I would say she pretty much does not produce any noticeable cervical fluid described as sticky eggwhites. We have also tried to use the preseed lube to help. Is that normal when on Clomid?

We were thinking about the IUI option but just down know. She we pretty much drop the OB for this and look for an RE??? We were trying to use the OB because he was able to file some on Insurance but if she should be having other checks done, maybe its time to move on?

We also do not know anyone that has been to an RE to even give us a recommendation and from the searching I have done we will need to go the New Orleans and surrounding areas to find one. How the heck do we choose someone out of them all???

Do you all have any other suggestions on where we are and what we have tried so far? Im not getting any younger! LOL

Thanks
Mike[/QUOTE]

For the “dry” issue, use pre-seed its the best lubricant for the body & doesnt harm the sperm… Usually u can find it at you local Walgreens, CVS… Deff get an apt with an RE, with the Clomid it helps give quality or guanity, depending on what the RE thinks will work for you guys. Good Luck! Hope this helped…


#8

Hi Mike! Welcome to forums! What part of Louisiana do you live in? I’m in the Shreveport area. I hope you get all the answers you’re looking for!

This is the only side effect I have while on Clomid. It is a common s/e and happens to many women. My husband and I also use Pre-Seed, which he absolutely hates. If our current round of Clomid doesn’t work, we will move on to IUI - one reason being IUIs by-pass the dryness issue.

[quote=caritobito]

We were thinking about the IUI option but just down know. She we pretty much drop the OB for this and look for an RE??? We were trying to use the OB because he was able to file some on Insurance but if she should be having other checks done, maybe its time to move on?

We also do not know anyone that has been to an RE to even give us a recommendation and from the searching I have done we will need to go the New Orleans and surrounding areas to find one. How the heck do we choose someone out of them all???

Do you all have any other suggestions on where we are and what we have tried so far?[/quote]

I agree with the other posters who recommend you and your wife get a consultation with a fertility specialist. Just like you’d go to a cardiologist over a family practice physician for a heart condition, you should seek out a fertility specialist over an obgyn for fertility issues. It looks like you’ve already picked a clinic so that’s a great start! It’s great to have options when choosing, but I’m sure it can be overwhelming too. Here are a couple links where you can research the success rates of different clinics.
SART: IVF Success Rates
National Summary and Fertility Clinic Tables | Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Report | CDC Reproductive Health

I wish you and your wife the best of luck. If you ever have any questions, feel free to message me on here.