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#1 of 8 Old 01-16-2011, 06:13 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My husband and I have been trying for awhile to have a baby naturally.  We've done pretty much everything I can think of and it's not working. I have a cycle's worth of Clomid at home but I'm afraid to take it because I'm worried about birth defects.  Do you think this is something I should worry about? 


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Clomid has been used for a long time to stimulate ovulation.  It's a safe and easy first line in infertility treatment.

 

I wouldn't worry about birth defects, I don't believe there is any link between Clomid and any kind of birth defect.

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I've taken Clomid for two of my pregnancies. Never once did the OB that prescribed it or the MFM doctors I saw mention Clomid related birth defects.

 

My OB did tell me though that infertile couples may be predisposed to having children with genetic abnormalities. I can't remember how exactly she worded it, but it was like mother nature's way of allowing the healthiest offspring to be produced. Does that make sense?

 

ETA: By infertile I mean those that are truly infertile, not those that suffer from such problems as a LP defect or other minor reproductive problems.


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Thanks so much for letting me know.  How many cycles did it take to work for you?


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Thanks so much for letting me know.  How many cycles did it take to work for you?



With DD2 I used Clomid for only one cycle and it was 50 mg. With DD3 I used it for several cycles and it was 50 mg in the beginning. We went to 100 mg. And finally ended up going to 150 mg. Keep in mind though I was lazy about trying and we had to be creative in scheduling since I was living in Tennessee and DH was still active duty in Maryland. I think the stress of it all added to it. We were also trying to sway for a boy and swaying hurts your chances of conception as well. But on the last cycle when we just finally said we'll take whatever we get I conceived our beautiful little girl.


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I used Femara to conceive my 7 year old son.  I wouldn't worry about birth defects.  Also, any studies done on them were for women who took these drugs while being pregnant, which you wouldn't do if TTC....


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HI!  I just came across your post.  I am considering Chlomid and have your same prior concerns re: birth defects.  Did you try Chlomid, and if so, how long did it take to conceive?   Thank you so much!

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I have never heard anything about Clomid being linked to birth defects. 




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