Originally Posted by punquin
- So, even if you are already ovulating, you can take clomid? What does it do in that case - make you ovulate twice so you have a better chance of catching the egg? I am a clomid newbie.
...Here's to hoping I don't bleed out all over the place.
Aww Stephanie, I really hope you get through it without too much bloodshed. FWIW my GYN told me to take aleve during AF if I want to bleed less... so that could help maybe ? If you are soaking through a pad an hour it is too much. And make sure you are getting your iron & vitamins. Ok, sorry I am in Mom mode here
I just care about you.
How clomid works is by interrupting the hormonal feedback system in the brain... it tricks your brain into thinking you do not have enough estrogen, your body makes more FSH and LH in order to produce more follicules to develop into eggs (I believe the follicles in the ovaries secrete the estrogen, and it is this feedback (or the trick of "hiding" the estrogen from the brain) which leads the brain to make FSH and LH... in order to make more estrogen... see ? simple right ?
Basically you wind up with more eggs (hence the chance of twins or more is slightly elevated), stronger eggs, a robust ovulation, and since the corpus luteum on the ovary left over after ovulation secretes the progesterone for the luteul phase, and there are usually several corpus luteum(luteums ? lutei ? sp.) you also get a big progesterone boost in the second half of the cycle. So it's primarily used for annovulation, PCOS, irregular cycles, but it can also be used for LPD (luteual phase defect... not enough progesterone) and for general unexplained infertility. For me the LPD and unexplained infertility are the reasons my dr was willing to prescribe it.
Can you tell I woke up thinking "clomid!" this morning ?
Originally Posted by HopesMom
Call and get it over with Ocean. I know its a big leap but at least you'll be able to know how this cycle will move forward either way!
I'm thinking of you.
Tricia, thank you so much for this. I kept playing through my head while waiting for the dr to call back.
more later I'm sure.
I'm still hoping the clomid experts can tell me about the day 3-7 vs day 5-9 dosing schedule and what you all are doing. I have a ton of links too if anyone is interested.
Lily and Ity are you out there ? Do either of you remember (or Tricia if you are here) which days Tricia took it on ? She was certainly successful. Doubly so.