D.H. asks from Saginaw, MI on August 23, 2007
Hi, I am trying this drug to help us conceive. It is called clomid. I was wondering if anyone out there has tried this drug or any other method and if you have any words of encouragement for me. I have been on it for about 4 months now and nothing. It is devastating each month that goes by and I am having a harder time dealing with it each time. I am to the point where I just want to give up. It affects my moods and the way I feel all the time. I am like an emotional roller coaster. I cry all the time and have a hard time being around people with babies. Just wondering if this drug has worked for anyone.
A.M. answers from Grand Rapids on August 24, 2007
I'm so sorry you're going through this. I was on clomid for 6 months. It wasn't working (I wasn't getting pregnant) so we went to a Reproductive Specialist in GR. He ran a number of tests and we ended up doing In Vitro Fertilization with ICSI.
Infertility is so unfair and emotionally draining/tortuous. Not only is the monthly wondering painful but the drugs themselves threw me for a loop every single month. We've done IVF and frozen embryo transfers 6 times with two "successes" (my 2 boys, 3 yrs and 1 year). Every single time it's hard. I know.
If you want to talk - please email me and we can "talk" as much/little as you'd like. Really.
R.L. answers from Detroit on August 29, 2007
I am new here and just joined tonight. It is wierd that your post happened to come up right when I signed in.
I went thru fertility issues for 9yrs before having our DD. She is now 7. We tried again but with no sucess. Unfortunatly Clomid did not work for us, we had to take other avenues, only because we are hit with a double whammy. We both have a problem therefore needed a specialist.
Another great web-site you may want to check out and this place really helped me get thru some dark moments in my life is:
Awsome place with a lot of girls in the same boat and lots of info there also!!
K.B. answers from Detroit on August 23, 2007
Fertility issues suck!! I took Clomid 50mg and got pg the first month with our daughter. We decided to ttc again when she was 10 months old and again took 50mg and got pg the first month, but unfortunately lost our son to Anencephaly. 4 months after I had him we decided to try again. This time we started with 50mg, I ovulated for 2 months but did not conceive, she bumped me up to 100mg which I ovulated for another 2 months but didn't conceive. She referred me to IVF of Michigan (which has an office in Saginaw I believe). Dr Ashraf did a laparoscopy and found out I have PCOS, a cyst on my R tube that he removed, and 2 openings on my L tube which was preventing me from getting pg again. The next month I did injectables (follistim, cetrotide, and trigger shot) and out of 4 eggs released got pg with another baby girl due in November. I would suggest asking for a referral if you dont get pg in the next month on it. Some dr say up to 6 months and others (like IVF of MI) only do 3. If you need more info feel free to contact me!
M.K. answers from Detroit on August 23, 2007
Hi D. -
I have 2 friends who have been on Chlomid (sp?). It worked great for one (gave her twin boys!) and did not work at all for the other. On the plus side to that though, she did get pregnant a few months after she stopped taking the drug.
Have you ever talked to your Dr. or heard anything about Natural Progesterone? I use a progesterone cream, though I have not had conception issues to date. And my girlfriend who tried Chlomid with no success also started using the cream and got pregnant within a few months. Not encouraging it unless you talk to your Dr., but just thought I might throw it out there as an option!
Good luck to you....I know it is hard, but keep thinking positive thoughts :-)
K.P. answers from Detroit on August 27, 2007
I too was on Clomid but I was also on another med (can't remember the name) to make me ovulate. If you don't ovulate on your own...clomid wont help. So that may be another option or issue to look into.
We were on our 3rd round of clomid when I got pregnant with my boy/girl twins!
I know it's so hard but hang in there. The mood swings suck...but just remember what you are fighting for! It may also help to join a fertility web/chat site for support. It helped me a lot!
P.B. answers from Detroit on August 23, 2007
I too was on clomid and it did not work for me. I suggest talking to your doctor about HSG, which is a procedure to ensure that your fallopian tubes are open (if you have not already done this). Also, laproscopic sugery is an option. It is invasive, but may tell you if there is something going on internally. I didn't know it, but the reason I wasn't getting pregnant was because I had a polyp on my ovary and had endometriosis (please forgive the spelling errors). Through the sugery, my doctor was able to remove the polyp and the endometriosis and assured me within 3 - 4 months I would be pregnant without the use of fertility meds. I got pregnant 4 months later and now have two beautiful boys. Brady is 2 1/2 years old and Carson is 2 1/2 months old!
Don't give up! Keep trying and talk with your doctor about other treatment options!!!!
H.T. answers from Detroit on August 23, 2007
I took clomid and it didn't work at all for me. I was on it for 6 months and they kept increasing the dose and nothing happened. There is hope though....I ended up seeing an excellent fertility specialist who put me on another drug called Femera (its actually a breast cancer drug) and after 2 months on it I got pregnant. Hang in there, try not to worry too much and RELAX as I am sure everyone is telling you!
J.B. answers from Detroit on August 25, 2007
My sympathies. It took my husband and I almost two years to get pregnant, with the last year being on clomid. I know how hard it is to be around people with kids as well (my sister got pregnant with her second while we were trying). My best advice would be to be patient and try one of those ovulation predictor kits. All the tests said that I was ovulating each month, but my husband and I just weren't catching it right. I'm pretty sure the clomid plus the kit helped me conceive. Good luck and at least have fun in the trying! :)
C.L. answers from Saginaw on August 28, 2007
Lots of information available from others in your situation if you want to join a closed forum for women in all levels of infertility as well as those who have survived it and have children now. http://www.chat23.oli.us/miracles/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=;ac...
It is worth it, and they have cycle partners and support for those on monthly meds and such.
Good luck! Unfortunately Clomid never worked for me even with the trigger shots. Glocuphage worked for me both times and I conceived naturally after 6 years of clomid, shots, and IUI's to only bring us 1 miscarriage.
Hope to see you on the other boards!