anybody used clomid?? pros and cons

hey everyone. my hubby and i have now been trying with no luck for almost 2 years. turns out after much prodding and poking and doctors wearing what looked suspiciously like a miners helmet that i do not ovulate. visiting the fertility specialist on the 30th for first proper in depth consultation on where to go next. he has mentioned the possibility of using a fertility drug called clomid and i was wondering if anyone had any experience of it as i only know 1 person who has used it before and her experience was quite negative.

thanks guys




  • Monster84Monster84 Posts: 45

    I know a few people who have taken Clomid. The ones that have been successful have been treated because they aren't ovulating (like you). I know that there is a lot of talk about serious side effects, but i'm not sure how common these are.

    In fact, my friend has triplets that were conceived on clomid!
  • Hi mrsperry. I suffer from pcos and was on clomid for 6 months back in 2007. I got pregnant on my third month on it but miscarried, and got pregnant again on my 6th month but again, lost the baby with an ectopic. I was told there is a higher chance of miscarriage whilst on clomid, but I have also heard a few success stories too. The way I look at it is if you're gonna struggle to concieve, anything is worth a shot to get your baby. Good luck. xx
  • thanks girls. will just wait and see what happens. its just so frustrating!! it seems just when we finally get started on getting some help everyone we know is getting pregnant naturally and it just makes us feel a bit desperate. i know that sounds really stupid but i kinda feel a bit like whens it my turn!!
  • DisneyCMFDisneyCMF Posts: 1,718
    mrsperrynow - I know how you feel. I have PCOS and do not ovulate and really struggle with the 'When is it my turn?' thing. I have been on Clomid (and Provera) for about 8 months. I started on a low dosage for about 4 months and that still didn't get me to ovulate. I've now been on the top strength dosage for about 4 months and, although my bloods indicate that I am now ovulating, still no baby.

    From the majority of the reports that I have read, quite a lot of people have managed to conceive quite quickly on Clomid (unfortunately I'm just not one of them) with fairly minimal side effects. There is an increased risk of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and multiples (twins/triplets etc) but I definately think it is worth a shot.

    The side effects I have had are:

    * increased number of headaches (although this could be more to do with stress rather than meds);

    * vaginal dryness (sorry if TMI);

    * erratice sex drive - I seem to have a high sex drive when AF is here and then around ovulation time have a really low sex drive (which really isn't helpful when trying to conceive); and

    * increased hormonal 'symptoms' such as, mood changes, sore breasts, cramps etc. This is the worst side effect because they can also be misinterpretted as pregnancy type symptoms so takes you on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster each cycle.

    As I said, I definately think it's worth a shot. The fact that it gives me even a remote chance of getting pregnant means that the positives outway the negatives.

    One thing to think about though is that hospitals are only supposed to prescribe Clomid for a period of 6 months max (or 12 months in certain cases (inc. me)) as there is evidence that shows the medication can increase the risk of cervical and ovarian cancer so you need to be sure that you can give that 6/12 months your best shot (i.e. there would be no point starting the treatment if Hubby was going to be out of the country for 2/3 months).
  • thanks so much for giving me that info. am willing to give anything a shot at the moment. hope you get some happy news really soon

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