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Just wanted to drop in and share my clomid experience. I took it 50 mg days 5-9, and got pg on the first cycle. I also did IUI because I was already using donor sperm, and wanted to maximize my chances (and thus hopefully be on clomid for the shortest amount of time possible). If you don't do IUI, I would recommend taking something to help out your cervical mucus, since clomid dries it up. I had a very hard time deciding to take clomid. I had incredibly irregular cycles, and may not have been ovulating at all. I had previously felt very strongly about not using any fertility drugs, but after trying every natural fertility enhancing anything I could find, I resigned myself to clomid. I realized that I felt more strongly about getting pregnant.
When I was on clomid I had EVERY SINGLE possible side-effect that I ever read about. I was miserable, and everyone around me was miserable. A few days after the insemination, I started to feel nauseous and I *knew* that I must be having twins. A u/s a few weeks later confirmed that indeed I was. I am now a few weeks away from delivering my two precious boys. I feel so blessed to be bringing them into the world. BUT, this pregnancy has not been easy. The homebirth midwife I planned to use does not deliver twins, and I was resigned to a fairly conservative OB practice that has treated me as "high risk" all along. I was terribly sick for the first 1.5 trimesters, and have been on bedrest for all of the third. The babies are both breech, and at my hospital that means an automatic c-section. I can't help but feel like I created this situation by taking the clomid. I made the process medicalized, and it has remained that way.
It is hard to say that if I'd known how it would turn out I wouldn't have taken clomid. I wanted so much to experience pregnancy. And even though the pregnancy was nothing like what I wanted and hoped it to be, I still may have gone for it. That said, I would never take clomid again. I definitely plan to adopt future children.
To answer a couple of questions: most women who will get pregnant taking clomid get pregnanct in the first three cycles. Also, a regular OB can prescribe clomid, you don't need to see an RE or a specialist.
Good luck mamas and mamas-to-be! I hope the rest of your journey to pregnancy is short and happy!
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.