today marks the first day of my provera/clomid cycle. it mite be TMI but as i have no one else to discuss this i have come to this forum,
my husband and i have been married almost a year, we got married Feb-29-12. we were together for 3 years before we tide the knot. i have one child he is 5.
I've know for a few years that i was infertile or hard to get pregnant since my son was born i have had a total of 10 periods that is not many at all. my doctor says i have high prolactin lvls and pcos.
so he started me on provera to see if i could still have a menstrual cycle. well the provera works like a charm lol
i have never had cramps before and holy hell they hurt and I'm tired. in the whole time ive had a period i have had no symptoms of PMS. now i feel like i just wanna crawl in a dark hole and hide i feel like crap.
and on the 31st i take my first round of clomid 50 mg so my husband is preparing himself for the female Apocalypse. lol
so i am very new at all this and also i feel very alone i dont have friends with this issuse so they listen but dont understand or tell me to stop complaining and go see a doctor.
thank you all for listening to me
What kind of doctor are you seeing? If it's an OB/GYN or GP, you might want to look for a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility specialist). There are treatments available for both high prolactin and PCOS. Provera and Clomid are just quick fixes -- Provera to force a period (it does nothing to actually fix your cycles) and Clomid to get you to ovulate. They only treat the symptom (irregular periods from late or no ovulation) rather than the root of the problem, which in both conditions is a hormone imbalance. I don't know much about high prolactin (other than that the most common cause is a prolactinoma -- a prolactin-secreting benign tumor -- that can be treated with medication), but I can tell you a lot about PCOS, since I have it too. Most REs will prescribe Metformin to balance your hormones, which will help regulate your cycles. For some women, that is all they need to ovulate on their own and get pregnant. If you still aren't ovulating or need better quality eggs, then you can try Clomid, and Metformin may help you respond better. Being on Metformin when you conceive and staying on it through the first trimester also reduces the increased risk of miscarriage that comes with PCOS.
You only get a limited number of chances with Clomid (most REs will say if you haven't succeeded after 3 cycles, it's time to try something else) so I think it's important to do everything you can to address your problems before starting Clomid so you're not wasting a cycle. If you see an RE, he/she will also be familiar with other fertility drugs that may work better for your situation than Clomid (my OB/GYN told me my only options with PCOS were Clomid to get pregnant or birth control to regulate my cycles, which is just not true). Many women with PCOS respond better to Femara, which is another pill taken in a similar fashion at the start of your cycle. It doesn't have the side effect of thin lining that can happen with Clomid (thin lining can prevent implantation or cause an early miscarriage), and I think there's also less risk of multiples.
Oh, and an RE will actually monitor your response to Clomid (ultrasounds to check that you have good follicles and not too many) while most OBs won't.
27 y/o, TTC 3.5 years with PCOS, Hashimoto's, elevated NK cells, and severe MFI. IVF postponed indefinitely while trying to stabilize thyroid.
You are not alone. I've done 2 rounds of Clomid and it definitely made me ovulate...we found out the problem is also in my husband though so unfortunately I still didn't end up pregnant. We are seeing other specialists. I suggest also reading infertility blogs.... I've found it very emotionally supportive in my infertility journey. I have a blog of my own you can read/follow if you'd like. I'd love to hear from you and have you share your story for other people following. My blog address is www.mrsinfertilemyrtlern.blogspot.com
Now since this is the second pill @50mg I've noticed I'm verry irritable I'm snapping at every one and every thing holy crap.
I feel like a monster. So I've been playing world of warcraft to help ease the irritability toward my family lol.
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