Stuggles with Clomid Lead to Clomid Success
When my husband and I decided we were ready to have a baby, I knew it was not going to be easy. Two years ago (after years of irregular periods and lower abdomen pains) an OB/GYN diagnosed me with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Much to my surprise, he informed me it would be extremely difficult to get pregnant without any type of “assistance”. I was fairly overwhelmed by this new information and decided it would be best to treat the PCOS with birth control until I felt mentally ready to try to have a baby.
A year passed and I felt like it was time to learn about our options for getting pregnant. We have always been open to not having kids, so we started the process with an attitude of we are going try, but if it does not work, we will be okay.
I found an OB/GYN that had a doctor with more experience with infertility. After a few appointments, a lot of blood work, and discovering that I had a pituitary tumor (more on that later), he decided Clomid would be our starting point.
Clomid is often used to treat infertility and PCOS. According to WebMD, Clomid works by stimulating the hormones that support the growth and release of a mature egg aka ovulation.
I am sharing my Clomid success story, and overall experience, because when I was taking Clomid I had a hard time very much information about Clomid beyond forums.
In order to start Clomid, you have to have a period. Having a period is easier said than done for me, so after waiting 45 days, the doctor prescribed me Prometrium to get things moving.
Clomid Cycle 1
My first cycle of Clomid was 50mg (add days). I did experience a few side effects including hot flashes and bloating. One cycle day 21 I went in for blood work, which indicated that I did not ovulate. My period started on day 32.
Clomid Cycle 2
Cycle 2 of Clomid was 50mg (again). The hot flashes were more intense and seemed to be occurring just about every night. My blood work on cycle day 21 indicated that I did ovulate. After numerous negative pregnancy test ( I was so hopefully, I took one a day for at least 5 days), I started my period on day 34.
Clomid Cycle 3
For cycle 3 of Clomid, I was given 50 mg (again, since I did ovulate on 50mg last month). The hot flashes continued and one night I woke up literally dripping in sweat. I had to take a shower in the middle of the night to cool down. My blood work on cycle day 21 indicated I did not ovulate. I was so disappointed and a bit resentful that my doctor had not increased my dosage.
I did not start my period by day 35 so Prometrium was prescribed. This is where things got interesting. I did not start my period for 25 days. While the timing was odd and I kept wondering why my body was broken, it actually worked out. Had my period started on time, I would have been on a business trip during my ovulation time frame (and likely skipped the Clomid).
Clomid Cycle 4
For cycle 4, I requested 100mg. It was pretty clear 50mg was not doing it and I had read on a few other fertility sites that typically the dosage is increased each month. My doctor agreed to give me 100mg. I had positive ovulation tests during this cycle for over 10 days (talk about confusing!). After some google searches, I discovered that my body was trying really hard to ovulate, therefore increasing the luteinizing hormone that makes the ovulation kit positive. My blood work on day 21 indicated that I may have ovulated, but it was very low.
Feeling frustrated by the last cycle and tired of the hot flashes and other Clomid side effects, I went to a fertility doctor. We discussed options and she did an ultra sound. During my ultrasound, she noticed that I had just ovulated, one egg (very late in my cycle). She said maybe this is the lucky one, but I was figured that was unlikely.
Well, the doctor was right! I had a negative pregnancy test on cycle day 30. I went on a business trip and when I returned (with no period), I took a pregnancy test. On cycle day 40, I had a positive pregnancy test!!
In summary, after taking clomid for four cycles, over five months, I did get pregnant. Clomid 100mg was the dose that I took to get pregnant. If you are taking clomid, I wish you the best of luck in getting pregnant. As you can see from my experience, it can take some time for clomid to work. Please remember to follow your doctor’s directions when taking clomid.
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