I have an appointment with a specialist and my GP is suggesting clomid. I have searched BH and google but wanted to know-what should I expect? How long does it take to start using clomid? Is there any questions I should be asking on my first visit?
I'm nervous. I have no friends who have needed any help in maintaining a pregnancy. Any thoughts/comments would be much appreciated.
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19-03-2014 12:28 #1
Clomid-what to expect?
19-03-2014 16:44 #2
We've had 11 rounds of clomid throughout our baby making years. 6 rounds at 100mg and 5 rounds at 50mg. Some I ovulated on and others I didn't, it just depended on how my PCOS was at the time.
There can be several side effects which will all be on the leaflet - I think the worst of it was my short fuse whilst on it. Of course if you get severe pain then you should also seek medical attn. One cycle I had spasm-like cramps in my torso but didn't have them any other time. Temps and headaches can also be common.
Did your gp suggest why clomid would be the one for you? It tends to increase possibility of ovulation and often brings ovulation forward in the cycle, improving egg quality. If your gp thinks it is down to egg quality due to your cycle length perhaps this is why he has suggested it.
Has he given you bloods to get done prior to seeing the specialist? It would be handy to have all of them done (mixture of hormone and mc blood work - lots of vials) that way your specialist can be better informed to make an informed decision on the day in regards to your care, it will save you money paying for extra appts after the results have come in and of course also save time in your baby making journey. A scan (perhaps to check lining, reproductive bits and pieces) later in your cycle could also be useful.
Clomid is usually taken either days 2-6 or 5-9 in a cycle and then you BD as usual. Sometimes they monitor your cycle through scans to see how many follicles are forming or just send you for a typical day 21 blood test for progesterone which indicates ovulation. One possible side effect of clomid is that multiple follicles may mature at once.
Sometimes clomid may cause less cm and so a sperm-friendly lubricant is suggested.
But certainly make sure that everything else is right also before entering a cycle as there is a possibly more to losing a baby than poor egg quality.
All the best,
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19-03-2014 18:50 #3
I just has my first cycle on clomid, no real side affects just a bit of cramping and no cm (usually I get heaps) sorry tmi lol...
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21-03-2014 14:13 #4
Thanks for the replies ladies!
LT I have had blood tests which it have to take the results with me. It's interesting you should ask as that's what I wondered too. Obviously I have issues with maintaining pregnancy and we spoke about progesterone support but on my referral it has clomid which confused me and prompted to ask the question.
I guess that's why he isn't the specialist though
Appointment is end of April.
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