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Clomid

Clomid
by Kelly

Otherwise known as Clomiphene Citrate

Why would you be taking clomid?

Clomid is generally the first fertility drug that women use and has been in use. It is (relatively) inexpensive as fertility drugs go, it is easily taken (orally rather than by injection) and it is the first line drug used for ovulation induction in patients with PCOS and other ovulatory disorders. It has been used for patients with luteal phase defect.

When used to induce ovulation, Clomid is taken for approximately five days early in the menstrual cycle. This may be either days 3-7 or days 5-9. Some women who do ovulate also use clomid to induce a ‘stronger’ ovulation.

Most women begin with 50 mg and this is increased if ovulation does not occur. Once ovulating, most pregnancies occur in the first 6 cycles of treatment. Clomid is said to be able to induce ovulation in as much as 85% of the women who use it, though only half of those will actually become pregnant. Most authorities agree that continuing for more than 6 ovulatory cycles in not likely to increase the chances of success.

What to expect

The most common side effects of clomid are hot flashes, multiple births (most commonly twins. There is a 7% chance vs. 2% in the general population), minor GI symptoms, visual symptoms, headache, ovarian hyperstimulation (OHSS), cysts, breast discomfort, weight gain, moodiness, stronger PMS symptoms–bloated, cramps, sore breasts, etc, allergies, rash, cervical mucus changes, and tubal pregnancy.

Problems that might arise and ways to troubleshoot

Many people advise on taking clomid at night–this way they say that the hot flashes are less severe and generally do not interrupt their sleep. I get dizzy and feel ‘stoned’ while on clomid and find that I actually like to take it in the morning. For me, those side effects don’t get too bad until the afternoon. Also, the hot flashes at night are an annoyance but don’t bother me as much as the other side effects. I think the ‘stoned’ effect of clomid lasts for me for the time while I am taking it until a day or two after finishing the pills. I usually get very weepy after taking the last pill. I always get very bad PMS while taking clomid too.

68 comments

1 The Town Criers { 08.07.06 at 8:04 am }

A few other things about Clomid–take it at the same time every day within one hour. So, if you take it at 8 p.m. the first night, take it around 8 p.m. all other nights.

Some doctors will prescribe it without monitoring. This is actually semi-dangerous. It’s not the most potent drug in the world, but because it can cause ovarian cysts, you want to make sure your doctor is running Day 3 blood work and a vaginal ultrasound to make sure that there aren’t cysts before you take the drug again. If not, you could be developing cysts and compounding the problem each cycle.

I’ve read that if Clomid doesn’t work in the first three months, it’s probably not going to work. But I also know many, many more stories of people who took Clomid for months and months and finally conceived (usually the Clomid was taken in conjunction with other drugs).

Clomid can dry up cervical mucous. If you’re very worried, request a post-coital test. This will let you know if you have sufficient cervical mucous. Other tricks–drink decaf green tea which some say helps produce more/better mucous. I always drank green tea starting on CD1 and continued until I ovulated.

2 mandolyn { 08.07.06 at 9:34 am }

I agree. I’ve been much less (crazy)symptomatic if I take it at the same time each day.

I think I’ll try the decaf green tea thing this time around Clomid Avenue. Thanks for the tip!

3 Andrea E. { 08.13.06 at 12:55 pm }

So how does Clomid work w/ women w/PCOS, since they already have ovarian cycts. Will it make it worse?

4 lunarmagic { 11.17.06 at 7:36 pm }

Can someone talk a bit about the clomid challenge test? Is it usually done before doing clomid for 5 days during a cycle?

Also, for monitoring by ultrasound – how frequently do they ultrasound, most commonly? Day 10 and then after ovulation? Do they usually do several ultrasounds before ovulation?

5 Tina { 05.24.07 at 8:20 am }

I conceived with Clomid (diagnosis: PCOS). Because Clomid has a negative impact on the uterine lining, I was given estradiol to take as suppositories to boost the lining. It worked for me — the lining was zilch the first cycle, but with estradiol, I eventually had just enough lining for implantation.

My understanding of Clomid’s effectiveness for PCOS is that, while you may have a bunch of cysts already, they aren’t releasing eggs — so Clomid for me would not have worked alone (I would have just had more cysts). I did Clomid, estradiol supplements, an hcg trigger shot, an IUI, then prometrium suppositories for good measure. I went through 4 cycles (tweaking dosages and adding different drugs) before I had success.

6 Maggadoodle { 07.23.07 at 12:57 pm }

I have just completed my first 5 doses of Clomid. I have noticed that I have more energy since taking the pills, which seems to not be a normal reaction. I havent had any side effects at all. I have a 3 year old after 13 years of trying and want another child.

7 Anonymous { 08.17.07 at 12:31 pm }

I have taken my first dose of Clomid and I have experienced similar symptoms ie; HOT FLASHES!! very emotional and at times moody…yikes..I don’t think I can do this again…what are other things that might help us get pregnant…I am desperate!!

8 klmcm80 { 09.16.07 at 12:13 am }

hi i have just stop my last pill on clomid!!!!!!!!!!!.whta can i say”i cant do this again”.i have never been so ill,vomitting,hot flushes throat infection and genral pain and discomfort to anything that contained light or sound.if i had of been a surgeon ,i would have removed my own head it was that sore!!!.i really dont think i can do another month of this.

9 Jaime { 02.02.08 at 8:17 am }

Hi All

I started took clomid days 3-7 this cycle. day 3 for me was january 4th and now its february 2. i started having wicked hot flashes around day day 17, none before that date, and for the last week have been falling asleep at like 8pm at night exhausted. i also have cramping every once in awhile. oh yeah, and i have not gotten my period yet but it should have come january 30 but my pregnancy tests are negative.

my question i guess is this – how long do your hot flashes last? when do they start? i cannot believe i am still having them and its been weeks since i took the clomid. and i dont understand why i’m getting so tired now but didnt before! thank you for the help :)

10 The Town Criers { 02.02.08 at 8:35 am }

Jaime–

Is there any way your doctor can draw a beta hCG test? It’s a blood test that measures the amount of hCG in your blood. Sometimes, there can be a low amount of hCG in your blood but it’s not enough to tip a pee stick (which usually can’t pick up levels under 25 mlU/ml depending on brand). The hot flashes definitely didn’t continue that long for me. I had them randomly in the first part of the cycle, but usually, once I was post ovulation, the hot flashes were done too.

11 everyonesacritic { 02.28.08 at 9:20 am }

Hi, all. I’m on the first pill of my third round with clomid (I have PCOS). I have to say, I haven’t had many side affects. The first time I took it, I had a bad headache but since then I’ve been just fine. Blood tests and ultrasound show it to be working well, but this month my Dr. is having me do IUI since I’m still not pregnant but he can’t tell why. Maybe mucus issues.

Anyway, hang in there, everyone. This is such an emotionally trying issue and it’s so difficult to focus on anything else. Thank goodness for blogs like this!!

12 maddie { 05.01.08 at 12:00 pm }

I have just finished 2 cycles of clomid and about to start my 3rd cycle. I have hotflashes and insomnia but other than that i feel fine. I also have alot more energy which seems a little different. also, has anyone else have constipation, i’ve read that less than 1% get this symptom.

13 Anonymous { 05.22.08 at 7:04 am }

I took clomid day 5-9 and I think I ovulated on day 9, can that be??? I was not ready for that as I was told it would be 5-10 days AFTER the last pill.

Have you heard of super early ovulation on it? I am just taking 50 mg to stimulate a better O as I am 42, but I still ovulate and have suffecient hormones levels. I also have been bloated the last 2 days and feel like I am gaining weight for no reason. While taking the pills I actually felt great, like an energy and good mood high. My temps did not start going up until the day after the last pill. I will be bummed if it already made me ovulate.
Kristin

14 Anonymous { 06.04.08 at 8:55 am }

I have just finished my first cycle of clomid (okay, I finished a week ago…) and I was SO tired while taking it and for a few days after. I had absolutely no energy and an almost constant headache. Then, once I stopped the clomid, I developed severe diarreah with cramping. However, I did ovulate this month and had two good, viable folicles, so we’re hopeful. It was a month of Hell and I don’t know how much more I can stand, but for now, we’ll keep trying!

15 Anonymous { 06.18.08 at 8:24 pm }

I will soon start clomid. I have the pills (50 mg) sitting by my sink. The plan was about 3-4 cycles with clomid and if unsucessful then IUI. After my doctor prescribed the meds she called to say I needed to schedule a HSG. I decided to do the HSG first since that will tell me if I have any blockage. I am really bummed though because that means more waiting–no clomid aloud for the procedure since it could pose a risk of pregnancy. I have to get prescribed provera to start my cycles (I don’t ovulate–found out after a month of blood work). You have to wait 40 days to call for provera and then provera can take up to two weeks to start your cycle. So, I am going to hold off of on the clomid until next cycle (which with my cycle would be more like 2 months). But, I have heard that an HSG can increase your chances of pregnancy for the next 3 months and with clomid too I may be off to a good start. I know there are lots of side effects from clomid and many of them scare me (multiple births, tubal pregnancy, weight gain, lack of energy, moodiness). However, this is my only way to ovulate so I don’t really have a choice at this point. And, if it brings me and my husband a healthy baby then it is all worth it (just hope it doensn’t effect my job too much-I am a teacher). So…I keep telling myself that I can do this. When the time is right it will happen. Take this experience as a journey. I am hoping that one day I can look back on this journey and think that it was worth it as I hold a healthy baby. In the meantime…my husband and I are anxious to actually start trying (since clomid will make me actually ovulate). Good luck to all and hang in there!

16 SAHW { 06.21.08 at 7:47 pm }

I’m about to start Clomid for the first time tomorrow. I was supposed to be monitored with bloodwork and u/s on Days 14 and 24, but I’ll be out of town, so my doctor said we’ll only just do the Day 24 monitoring. I’m confused, b/c what is the point of monitoring then? I will have already ovulated by then, so it’s not like they’ll be able to see how many follicles I had or anything, right? If anyone has any insights for me, please contact me via my blog. I’m wondering should I just wait till the following month so I can be monitored properly??

17 Erin { 06.25.08 at 4:05 pm }

finished second round of clomid last week 100mg days 3-7. i have been having hot flashes day and night, insomnia, and all i want to do is cry. today has been especially bad since i am now officially the only person i know that is not pregnant. we have been trying for a year and i dont know how much longer i can take people telling me we are trying too hard and it will happen. people may say they know how i feel but do they? thanks for all your posts they give me hope.

18 Anonymous { 07.18.08 at 1:36 am }

Hi there, I’m on my last month of Clomid and HCG injections, if I don’t get pregnant this month (after 6 months on clomid), I have to go back in and get a laparocopy which I don’t fancy. Here’s hoping – its all way too much pressure and I;m sick of people saying it will happen when it happens – they just don’t understand!!
Shellx Good luck to everyone!!

19 T { 07.19.08 at 1:06 pm }

I finished my first course of Clomid on 4th July ’08, and it was a rollercoaster. I was diagnosed with PCOS at 17 and I’ve been trying for the last couple of years.

I was on 50mg/day for 5 days on day 2 – 6. The first side-effects were mild headaches, they didn’t cause any problems and I didn’t feel I even needed paracetamol (Tylenol). I also had extreme mood-swings, going from incredibly happy (happier than I’ve ever been – it was bliss) to being very, very depressed. But nothing I couldn’t handle, and I did not suffer from any angry mood-swings at all.

From day 4 onwards I noticed I was very bloated and I could definitely feel a strong “dragging” feeling, presumably a sign of my ovaries getting a kick from the Clomid. It was uncomfortable and unpleasant but it was bearable. I’m still having the odd hot-flush (at CD21), but usually only once a day.

In the UK, at least at my particular hospital, the monitoring is sparse and all I get is a CD21 serum progesterone blood-test (today), to see whether I ovulated or not. I get a very strong feeling that it hasn’t worked, so I’ll test at CD28 and again at CD38 (this seems to be my cycle length), though I’m not hopeful.

I have had sore nipples for the last 3 days, and I am wondering if this is due to PMS – though my cycles are so confused I don’t have any idea whether it’s possible to have PMS from CD17 onwards.

After cycle #2 at the same dosage (presuming I don’t get pregnant this cycle), we’re seriously thinking twice about upping the dosage and going for it again, not purely because of the side-effects (which I dread at higher dosages), but because of the stressing effect it has had.

20 Anonymous { 08.05.08 at 9:29 pm }

I just finished my 2nd round of 50mg of clomid and no sign of ovulation on Day 13. I am also on estradiol and I am not sure which is making me feel “stoned” (good one!) I had extreme hot flashes this time and feel a little confused, sad and generally unmotivated. Last month my breats were so tender during PMS I swore I was pregnant! But no :(… Must admit having a hard time this month and cervical mucus seems to be sparse.

21 Dena { 08.26.08 at 4:19 pm }

A little background…
i am 32, i do not have children, but i have been preg. before.
my husband and i had been trying for a year when we started the whole process of dr. visits and test after test. they can find no reason why we are not getting preg. so after what has now been an additional 6 mos. we tried clomid for the first time last month. the clomid itself i rather enjoyed. i felt great, had lots of energy, i even had positive thoughts about my body, (yes, i have same body image issues as most women in america – won’t get into that can now), but then the 5 days were up, and i started coming down from the high!
the clomid worked i did grow two follicles, one on each side. i was given the shot to begin ovulation and was told what time i was to have sex. good – great! here’s where it begins to take an ugly turn. i was told to insert these progesterone capsules twice a day, to help insure implantation, those sucked! now i was emotional, i was constipated, followed by lots of cramps, and my boobs were killing me. And the waiting, oh the waiting, to take the blood test to see if i was preg. it was very very intense. i am not. it didn’t work. we are trying again this month, but we are going to do iui.
don’t feel bad Erin, everyone i know is preg. or has just finished completing their little families.
it’s hard to watch from the side lines.
one last thing, why do people feel it necessary to state the obvious. “it will happen when it happens” really? that’s like saying when the sun goes down it’s night – duh!
thanks for letting me vent ladies!
hang in there and good luck to all!

22 Anonymous { 09.04.08 at 7:43 pm }

We’ve been trying for a little over 2 years. Just finished my first cycle of Clomid. I took it day 3-7 at 7am each day. I experianced a feeling of sluggishness … almost like the feeling you would get from a nerve pill. Other than that, I had a few Hot Flashes. I went in for a Sonogram on Day 12. They measured my follies (I had 5 – but they didn’t tell me the measurements) and figured that I would ovulate on Day 17. At that time they told me to take my trigger shot on day 15 and we would inseminate on day 17. Well … it didn’t quite work out that way. I ovulated naturaly on day 14. The office was closed for the holiday weekend so I couldn’t get in touch with anyone. We had to cancel the insemination. I wonder if my infertility is due to small or immature eggs at ovulation. Has anyone ever heard of anything like that?

23 B. { 10.10.08 at 12:23 pm }

Hi all. I just finished my first cycle on Clomid, taking it CD5-9. I didn’t have much in the way of side-effects until CD10, the day after my last dose (100mg). I developed my first-ever case of hemorrhoids. Apparently, it was a mild case, and cleared up in about 6 days, but I have not found anything that mentions hemorrhoids as a potential side effect. I have nothing else to attribute it to, so I blame the Clomid. I had my first (of two per cycle) IUI today. I hope this works. Good luck all!!

24 Anonymous { 11.25.08 at 3:17 pm }

This is for the ladies that are new to Provera and Clomid. I’m 29 and did two cycles with Provera and clomid a few years ago and had such a hard time with the side effects that we decided to hold off for awhile. This year we decided to try again. I’m now on my second cycle. Things are allot better this time around.Just a word of advice, each time will be different. You can’t always count on it being good or bad when it comes to side effects. Good luck to all of you!

25 Anonymous { 12.17.08 at 10:03 pm }

Hi… Need Help!
My Husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for close to 2 yrs. I had a huge endometriosis cyst removed from my ovary earlier this year (I have only one ovary left now and still have couple of uterine fibroids). After my surgery, we have been trying a lot more serious but no luck so far :(
My Doctor wants me to try Clomid + estradiol for couple of months. Tomorrow I am gonna start the first cycle of Clomid (Day 3-7) and estradiol (Day 8-12). I have still not done my HSG(its so difficult to find a slot!), so i dont know if my tubes are blocked. My question is, has anybody with endometriosis history tried this combo? Has it worked? or Has it worsened endometriosis/fibroids since these pills increase estrogen levels? I appreciate your help!

26 Anonymous { 12.23.08 at 8:48 pm }

Hi! I’m 29 yrs old and have a 3 year old. My husband and I have been trying for nine months. We found out 3 months ago that I am not ovulating. My doc prescribed 50 mgs of clomid. I’m due to start tomorrow days 5-9. After reading all the side effects I’m not sure I want to begin. Does anyone have any suggestions on when to take clomid for best results? I’m a 7th grade teacher and not one for wanting to cry in front of my students!

27 Anonymous { 01.29.09 at 12:54 am }

i wanted to talk to the annonymous person from dec. 23rd…i’m not sure if you’ll see this or not. i am 28 and my husband and i have a 4year old. i thought give or take a year we’re kind of in the same boat. i am just finishing my first round with clomid(the whole prometrium calender thing) i was wondering how it has went for you so far. you must have started a month before me and i just wondered how it has worked.

28 Anonymous { 02.17.09 at 12:27 pm }

I just finished my first round of clomid – 50mgs, given to help support my progesterone levels (I am 41 and ovulate on my own, but keep miscarrying). I did get pregnant on my first Clomid month, but unfortunately I miscarried at 5 weeks. I have just started cycle 2 of Clomid 50mgs, and I am hoping to get pregnant again this month. And stay pregnant ;-) As for side effects, I have had absolutely none so far. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. I was able to feel my ovulation happening for the first time ever, but it wasn’t painful; I could just feel the eggs being released. Quite an interesting sensation. But yeah, no side effects at all for me.

29 Anonymous { 03.11.09 at 10:39 am }

Ugh – I am about to pop my 1st Clomid – am nervous but I suppose if it does the trick it doesn’t matter. I will be 41 in June, have had 2 miscarriages and had an HSG about a month ago. I have pretty much been anti-fertility drugs so of course I am apprehensive about taking Clomid, especially now the first one. I’m sure it will all be fine.

30 Anonymous { 04.10.09 at 11:46 am }

I’m on my fourth and likely last month of clomid. I haven’t see anyone else taking more than 50mg, but I’m taking 150mg. My dr. says that’s the highest dose he can prescribe. I have had side effects like moodiness and the nightly hot flashes, but they are not any worse now than when I was taking just 50mg. I also have PCOS, but it’s clear that clomid is not helping me ovulate. We’re going to an infertility specialist next week. I really hope they can give some insight as to what’s wrong.

Hang in there ladies.

31 Dena { 04.10.09 at 2:35 pm }

I took 150mg of clomid for a couple of months, but it didn’t work for me either. I had them do a saline sonogram to get a better idea of what was going on in there, since all of the other million tests they ran came back great. They found what may be a pollup or a fibroid, after another failed cycle, we are taking a couple months off so that they can do surgery to remove whatever is in there. I was feeling pretty hopeful, like finally I had an answer for why I was not getting pregnant, but when we met with the dr. she said that neither pollups or fibroids would keep me from getting pregnant, but it may keep the pregnancy from going to term, so I still don’t have any answers. Oh, and these “growths” may be side effects of the hormones!
Ahhh!
Meanwhile EVERYONE around me is pregnant or has just had a baby!
Sorry for venting, but I find that after a year of dr. apts friends want to hear about it less and less.

32 Anonymous { 04.16.09 at 2:22 pm }

I was referred to this blogspot by one of my friends and I’m sure glad she did! This is a great support for all of us. I’m 29 yrs old and my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 15 months. The first year I never got a period and never ovulated. Before my doc would prescribe Clomid, she had me do an HSG test. My test results came back just fine. So, my doc has presribed me Prevera (progesterone to get a period) and Clomid (to start on day 5 of bleeding). But my question is: Has anyone heard of getting pregnant after an HSG test? I’ve heard thru the grapevine that some “infertile” women were able to concieve shortly after that test…. Any words of advice will help me! Thx T.

33 Gabriell { 10.11.09 at 9:12 pm }

I am an “older” mom, I don’t feel old, I don’t look old but I am told that it’s like dog-years when you are trying to have a baby, it seems being 44 makes me 100…

I am on my second cycle of clomid (100mg) I am day8 of my cycle and my OPK did turn yesterday. I read that it could turn while on clomid so I didn’t panic. Last month went well but I missed my ovulation, I was scanned day 14 and what they found was a 30mm follicle that looked like it had already done it’s job. This month I am going in on the 12th day of my cycle, because that is when my OPK turned last month.

I have a 24 year old daughter a 10 year old son and my youngest
daughter passed away at age 19 two years ago. I have always wanted a big family, a great big family.

My husband has had a vasectomy so we need to use a donor, and it seems that one of my ovaries jumped ship, it fell…very sad, my doctor tells me it isn’t age related, maybe adhesions that pulled it down.

I have had no bad symptoms on clomid. I was afraid because I am a big mean PMS girl. I felt great while on it, my appetite increased but that could be anticipation. After my last dose I got “hot flashes” not horrible just a little warm at night under all the blankets then back to being cold again.

I won’t take clomid for more than three months, my fingers are crossed this works this month. The doc tells me less than 3% chance but he is supportive andd helping me make this happen.

Good luck ladies, there is nothing more beautiful than loving a baby.

34 king { 11.28.09 at 2:13 am }

well im getting ready to start my first dose of clomid because me and my husband have been trying to get pregnant for two years now and we still havent been able to they said im not producing enough eggs so im going to try clomid and hopefully it will work for me because im tired of crying all the time because we havent have a kid and we have been wanting one for the longest time…so if anyone has any tips please help!

35 arnequeous { 02.10.10 at 12:51 pm }

hi to all who are on clomid. I was supposed to start y pills on the 16th of february. My doctor nran test on me to see if i am ovulating and i wasn’t. So now i have to wait to see we y period ncum back on. i am so ready to oh my god. To nall of you who taking clomid GOOD LUCK and MY GOD BLESS EACH AD O0NE OF YOU.!!!!

36 NIKS { 03.17.10 at 7:47 am }

been very desperate, took the clomid pill without dR’s prescription, and to make it worse, i took my second pill 3hrs early. Oh my God i feel very bad. not sure what to do now. continue with it tomorrow on the same time as today?
Please help.

37 Jessica { 08.13.10 at 3:57 pm }

Hi everyone, I’m 27 and my husband and I have recently begun our journey to starting a family. I have always had irregular periods and have recently been diagnosed with PCOS. We have tried the Provara Challenge coupled with Metformin. That didn’t work. Next we did Provara, Metformin, and birth control to try and get my cycles regular. The latest, which I am starting tonight, is Clomid. I have been reading everyone’s experiences and am feeling a little nervous about taking Clomid. I am most nervous about the possible vision problems…has anyone experienced this?

38 Faith { 10.11.10 at 10:04 pm }

Hi everyone, I’m 24 been ttc for over an year. I don’t have any kids, but i’m praying for one very soon. I don’t have a regular cycle so I took the provera 10mg fir 1o days. I took two doses of clomid 100 days 5-9. I went back to doctor and they raised my dose to 150 mg days 3-9. After reading some of the comments above it really mad me nervous. I didn’t experience very many symptoms. Just hot flashes now and then and a little problem with my vision. I wish everyone luck that is going through the stage of ttc.

39 hmccall { 10.27.10 at 8:24 pm }

So after reading most poss here I feel compelled to write. I am 36 y/o my husband is 40 and we have a 9 y/o son. It took 16mons to conceive the son but did not really know when I was ovulating then. Now I have been taking my temps since Feb ’10 and still no pg. I have ovulated regularly on CD 18-19 but my LP is 10-11 days. My doc has put me on 50mg of clomid (CD5-9) which I began Tuesday. So far no side effects. I did have a 21day progesterone test prior to taking the clomid and it came back 7.4. I have not had any other test performed, but think that I will request a hsg next month. You know I would really like to hear success stories about clomid.

40 Ashley { 12.21.10 at 9:57 pm }

Hi all. I am 24 and ttc for 6 months. Due to Dh low sperm count we have to do IUI. I am starting Clomid/Estradiol tomorrow. Any advice?

41 emzapalooza { 05.20.11 at 3:14 pm }

hey everone i just wanted to add to this thread. we have been ttc since 01/07/2008 and after a sucession of doc appts i was diagnosed with PCOS, the OH aparently has super sperm had really high count at last test. sooo in july 2010 we started clomid 50mg but didnt ov, bumped to 100mg and got our first BFP aug/sept 2010 but sadly m/c @ around 7 weeks. we started back on the clomid right away and day 21 tests show I am ovulating but we are still to get our BFP :( last month our cons added 1500mg of metformin into the mix and after some pretty nasty side effects to begin with (tmi wont go into details :S) i feel fine on it now. currently in 2ww after 9th cycle of clomid but first full cycle with metformin added so keeping everythig crossed this works for us i have a good feeling for this cycle and have let the 2ww madness creep in have even given pineapple core a go after reading about it on a forum… hope you all get where you want to be really soon it good to know you’re not alone.

42 Dani { 06.06.11 at 4:00 pm }

Hey Ya’ll i am new to this blogging thing. I am 25 yrs old with PCOS.I have had two children via c-section before they are 6 and 2.My hubby and i have been trying since our youngest was 8 wks old. And we have been getting assistance for a year and a half now. I just finished up my first round of colmid,estrodal and citrone. Nasty stuff but i stuck it out. Now just waiting. THis is my first round since haveing a hystoscopy, laprosocpy and drilling and a dnc done. I dont understand why its not happening for us. I am crazy on all these hormones. I could sit down and cry cause the grass grows. Im a mess and i keep pregger testing and they are comming back negative but i am still a few days out its only like day 28 this sucks i am looking for some support i have no one to talk to.

43 lana { 02.23.12 at 6:56 pm }

Hey all I’m a little frustrated! I have a son who is now 4 but it took us 2 years to concieve him…we went to a fertility specialist and we were prescribed 50 mg of clomid I was on it for about 5 months and finally became pregnant after they did laprascopic surgery to check my tubes. Anyway we have been trying for 2 years now and no luck. I went to my obgyn to see if they would prescribe me the clomid but she won’t unless I go through all the testing again. We don’t have any insurance to cover it so I’m not sure what to do anyone have any suggestions.

44 alonnah86 { 05.19.12 at 1:56 pm }

HEY…. I FINISHED MY FIRST CYCLE OF CLOMID ON MAY 8TH. TEN DAYS AGO…… I DO HAVE HOT FLASHED, MILD CRAMPING AND MAJOR HEAD ACHES….. WHILE TAKING THE PILLS I HAD VISION PROBLEMS….. SOUNDS SCARRY HUH???? IT WAS….. BUT IT WAS ONLY A ”DRUNK LIKE” VISION PROBLEM…. IT LASTED THROUGH THE NIGHT….. IT IS BEST TO TAKE CLOMID AT NIGHT…. YOU CAN SLEEP THROUGH THE SIDE EFFECTS….. I OVULATED DAY 16 AND NOW WAITING…… GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!!!

45 alonnah86 { 05.19.12 at 2:01 pm }

ANYONE THINKING ABOUT TAKING CLOMID IT IS NOT AS BAD AS PEOPLE MAKE IT OUT TO BE….. THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE NOT WORST THAN BEING PREGNANT LOL…… IF HAVING A BABY IS WHAT YOU REALLY WANT YOU HAVE TO SACRIFICE…. AFTER ALL THATS WHAT YOUR LIFE WILL CONSIST OF IF YOU DO GET PREGNANT:) SO WOMAN UP:) LOL…….

46 hoping4good { 06.23.12 at 6:44 pm }

Hi,
I am quite old and my chances are very low. But tried clomid twice with doses like 100mg x5 days and second month 150mg x 5 days
it was ok. I could handle it and i am not having any problem so far even uterine lining is ok and follicles are growing well. Everyone is different so no harm in trying. I don’t think side effects are so bad that one can’t handle it. I am really old and going for first IUI hoping for good.

47 Final hope { 09.10.12 at 10:29 am }

Hi
I’m almost 32 and have been trying for a baby with my husband
For over 2 years now. I’ve watched every single
One of my friends and siblings become parents and
Eventually exclude me from their social calendars :(
I’m currently in my third and FINAL round of
Clomid. Honestly it’s been horrific! I started first
Round one on 50 mg and high hopes, they had no effect
At all! So the second month I took 100 mg
And still no ovulation :( ( although my levels
Increased).
This is my third and final round I’m on 200
Mg.

My side effects include – extreme moodiness,
insomnia,Headaches & depression. My work
Is suffering, not to mention all of my family ‘ friends….
The worst part is my husband knows that the nasty
Cow yelling at him is not me, but feels the
Need to argue back & then crack the sads!
It’s driving me CRAZY :(

My god! Pray for me this works I don’t want to
Fail at this :(

48 angie leigh { 10.01.12 at 5:32 pm }

I took clomid 15 years ago,due to having polycystic ovary syndrome,i finally got caught on the 6th month,i then went on to have 2 more children naturally,so dont give up,i think what helped me was trying to relax and not make it a chore,i know its hard,stay positive :)

49 Allys { 10.03.12 at 6:19 am }

Hi thr ladies
Been readng ur posts nd I hv hope.hubby nd I hv bin ttc fr js 2 mnths.my periods r so regular its nt evn funny nd very heavy.strtd on clomid last mnth 3-7 (50mg) nd hubby thot we gna get BFP but I knew I ddnt ov,the ugly monstr came 4 days latr whle on holidys n South Africa stl on cald my dr sh said sh gna up the dose going bck hme 2mr nd strgt 2 her ofce.fx 4 all of u who r on clomid.my best frnd hv 2 mnths twins(gals)aftr 3 yrs of tryng sh strtd usng clomid last year told her bwt it aftr googlng I want twins nd ths name came up so we googld it tht ws the 1st tym we heard bwt it so we wnt nd askd our dr cos I ws preparng 4 my big day ddnt strt rgt away but sh did nd 2nd cycle sh got her BFP.thos cute lil angels gve me hope.

Dnt gve up ladies clomid works.sending baby dust nd stickng 1 to all of u.xoxo

Lots of luv frm Africa

50 sandra { 10.04.12 at 8:05 am }

hi im on my 2nd cycle of clomid…
im on day 4 now of taking it, i noticed tonight really stringy, clear mucus. could i be ovulating this early??? advise please :)

51 Rene { 02.04.13 at 2:58 am }

Hi There.

This is my 3rd round of clomid. I am 33 years old and my husband and I have been trying for 5 months. I took 100 mg this round, first round being monitored.

I have severe low abdomin pain and am bloated. Flushes and headaches were manageble but the emotional roller coaster was the worst.

I have a son he is 9 wanting a little sister so bad. I was wondering I am going for a prog blood test on Thursday, if I ovulated and conceived 5 day’s prior could I test and get a proper resuld?

Please reply if you can? I need some female support.

Good luck to those in the same boat.

x

52 Steph { 04.09.13 at 10:40 am }

I am of age and this is my third month of Clomiphene Citrate. I take it on day 5 of the menstruation cycle to the 9th day. So far, I have not been pregnant. I know that I have lots of cervical mucus practically on day 13, but I am not sure if I am ovulating. I have a 14 year old son and would like to have a baby with my new husband. It was an easy process the first time; I think my age has a lot to do with it this time around. There may be hope for me yet if I take after my paternal grandmother who gave birth to her first child at the age of 45 and the last child at the age of 52. It causes side effects such as: constipation, insomnia and weight gain. I have one more refill, if I do not get pregnant, I’ll suggest adoption to my husband.

53 Amy { 06.14.13 at 2:24 pm }

I go for my ultrasound on the 16th of june :0 When i started my 50mg of Clomid i didn’t hane any side effects.. I hope this round works. I have a 6 year old and im 28.. I want at least 2 more!!

54 Amy { 06.16.13 at 10:39 pm }

Well the cancelled my cycle because i had 5 follies.. 2 on the left and 3 on the right.. Im kind of sad and happy at the same time becuse at least i know im responding very well. He has reduced me to 25mg and they gave me provera to start my cycle back up… Hope this cycle works.. Baby dust to all!!!

55 Princy { 07.04.13 at 8:25 am }

hi, am on clomid too and am okay just feel tried sometimes.

56 want2beamommynomatterwhat { 07.11.13 at 1:33 pm }

Hello IM 33 years old and my husband and i have been trying to get pregnant off. And on for about 3 years. My husband has 2 children fr previous marriage that i love so much as my own. I Also have 3 Beautiful Grandbabies. Iv been on cloimd before but i had to take prevera to start me every month. Know iv lost about 33 pounds and IM taking metfromen and iv had my monthly. . Yesterday. I started to take my 1st does of cloimd. Im praying this time it works. I stumbled acr this page and iv read mist of these post. Im smm

57 want2beamommynomatterwhat { 07.11.13 at 1:44 pm }

Sorry was on my phone. Has anyone heard of taking robitussin 30 Mins before sex and right after sex and hold your legs up.

58 india { 07.20.13 at 9:09 pm }

i also taking clomid on and off i hope i get pregnant soon, can not get hubby to do it while im ovulating very stessed out

59 desperate { 07.22.13 at 9:48 pm }

i took clomid once and no results had ,vison problems,lots of strength and stronger cramping,and tender breats,and bloating,still fill like my polycytic womb still has some of the cytst,built back,because of clomid,its not a bad drug overall,ill keep on trying it ,to see wat happense an so desprate,to have my child

60 Rose { 01.15.14 at 2:34 pm }

I am curious about clomid…15 years old I have a tubal ligation done and I plan to have them revered in order to have a baby. However, its only a 70% chance that I will concieve. Before my tubes were burned It was easy to get pregnant but not I am older (37) and its been 15 years. So, can anyone tell me if taking Clomid would increase my chances of concieving? I heard some women have twins while taking clomid, I would love to have twins. Suggestions please!!!

61 plz { 01.22.14 at 1:17 am }

i m not able to get pregnent after my first course n also not having periods…what i do?

62 Lady Hopeful { 01.28.14 at 8:53 am }

Hi All,

Just thought I’d start posting on here as we all seem to be in a similar situation. Hopefully my experiences on Clomid will help others decide whether it’s right for them or not. Ok, here is my story. I fell pregnant naturally 2 years ago after only 8 months trying with my beautiful son. A year ago I had strange things happening with my periods – very short and little bleeding and started to become quite irregular. Because this went on for several months I went to the doctor because I first suspected signs of early menopause or perimenopausal symptoms. My husband and I weren’t trying to conceive our second baby at that time but I was worried because we were about to start. I was referred to a fertility specialist. My FSH testing showed that my FSH levels had increased. At one point it read 26.5 Thankfully after another 3 months, my periods seem to have returned to their usual pattern – every 26-27 days. My FSH levels are now at just outside normal range – the last one done read 12.6. I am 43 in August.We have been trying for a second baby for 4 months now. We have tested my husband – all ok with him. 2 months ago I had a HSG procedure and they found both tubes were blocked with mucus and since they have been flushed out my cervical mucous is more abundant now. I have been told to try clomid on my next cycle, as far as I know I have been ovulating every month but because of the higher fsh readings the clomid might help the ovaries a bit more. I am still not sure whether to start the clomid or not. Now that my tubes have been unblocked I’m wondering if I should leave it a couple of more months to start the clomid….Maybe now that my tubes have been unblocked is it worth doing another FSH test ? I also have the added factor that because of my age time isn’t on my side, so I am really not sure what I should do. However I will probably go along with the clomid and let you guys know the results and any progress from that. I wish you all the best of luck and for some positive news for you all. :-) I think I will call the clinic for their advice on another Fsh test to see what they say. Just to get their opinion on what I’m thinking.

63 sanafahad { 02.25.14 at 5:54 am }

hey everyone.
i have took my clomid first cycle 50 mg per day and nw will start my second cycle in a day this time i will take 100 mg per day ..but this time i got my periods three days early .i hope this is not bad…i need a advise if its ok ti have early periods while on clomid cycle…i had a misscarriage a year ago due to to vaginal infection i concieved naturally first time without any difficulty…but this time its taking for ever ..please i need a good answer i am really stressed out

64 Lady4444 { 03.11.14 at 8:47 am }

Hello!
I have just finished taking Clomid- I actually took a different brand..Serophene – for the first time from day 3-7 and I have felt no side effects at all, except some headaches on the first 2 days of taking it. I took it every night before bed, so perhaps that way I did not feel any side effects if I had some.

65 Praying4baby { 03.25.14 at 12:43 pm }

Hi. I am 33 years old and my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 5 years with no luck. Today, after getting my period yet again, I am frustrated. So I order 50mg of clomid online without a prescription. I don’t know if this was the smartest idea. I don’t know how to take it or how long a “cycle” is and I need help! Any advice please would be so greatly appreciated!!

66 smiles3007 { 03.25.14 at 11:10 pm }

to praying4baby. Hi, I am gonna be 37 and I have a 10 year old and also have been trying for 4 years for a baby with no luck, I was given 50mg clomid, my ob/gyn told me to take mine on day 3- 7 and to also take my basal body temp to. (bbt).. take clomid on day 3-7 and also monitor your BBT., and I was also told to buy ovulation test kits so I did clear and blue.. day 3-7 or day 5-9 clomid can be taking

67 Praying4baby { 03.26.14 at 6:51 am }

Dear smiles30007,

Thank u so much for your response. I have never written publicly so any advice makes things easier and knowing I am not alone in my struggles. I am so scared of the horror stories I am hearing about clomid. I suffer from daily migraines and I don’t know if the clomid will make it worse (though I don’t know how much worse I can get). I’m also worried about the mood swings….my poor husband. I get really bad pms. But I guess I am willing to sacrifice anything to hold my precious baby. Also, do I just take the clomid on the days you listed and then stop, or continue the whole month? Again, thanks so much for responding and the very best of luck to you. Sending well wishes to you and your family (0:

68 abiha { 09.01.14 at 11:16 pm }

aoa!
i have taken cerophene on 9th day of cycle.after completion of dose no intercourse as my husband go abroad suddenly.after that i suffer from severe abdominal pain ,excessive urine and alot,doctor advised me to wait for periods and didn;t suggest any medicine.because i take pills during wrong days.ovaries get enlarged with multiple follicles.now i have missed my periods ,4 days up it never happens.i have a 28 days cycle before,now it 33th day the cycle didn’t start,whats the cause?please suggest

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