To Clomid or Not To Clomid?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


I finally got my results back from the blood work that I had taken last week. While I was sure I was having progesterone issues, my OB determined that is not my problem. There is no real problem, which of course means there is no magic cure.

She basically told me that I am a late ovulator. I have been consistently ovulating on either day 19 or 20. I never thought that this was an issue but according to her and the Internet, people who ovulate later can have a harder time getting pregnant. They also have a higher rate of miscarriage, which is what could have led to the loss of baby #2. That's not to say I can't get pregnant or carry a full term baby, it just means it could be more difficult. Her suggestion was for me to meet with a fertility specialist next week and get a prescription for Clomid. Clomid I said? Isn't that the drug that gives you twins? Her response, ummmmm that is a distinct possibility. As in, yes you could have 3 (3!) kids under the age of 3. 

Now, don't get me wrong. I have nothing against twins. One of my best friends had the most adorable little boys last year and we would be blessed to have two little guys just like them. I just wonder if it is too much to ask to have them one at a time? Three would be hard. One is really hard, and my hat is off to all of you who have more than that, twins or not. The bottom line is that if we were going to take on the chance of multiples the little man would need to be older (as in MUCH more functional) I can't see it happening any other way. 

I have had a few days to think about it and as of now my plan is the following. I will keep trying the "natural" way using some of those over the counter supplements like Vitex which is supposed to bump your cycle a few days sooner. I am going to cut out soy milk which has estrogen in it to see if that can buy me a few more days. I also am going to look into acupuncture since everyone says it can work miracles.  I am going to meet with the fertility doc but I will not go on any meds for at least 6 more cycles.  In 6+ months  hopefully I will be knocked up already, or by then I will be ready for whatever comes our way. If my only options are not having any more kids or possibly having two than bring on the triple stroller (do they even make such a thing?)

That's what I'm thinking for now. If any of you have been through this or have any recommendations or have conceived with late ovulation please feel free to comment. I would be happy to take any advice. 

Oh boy, this baby making stuff  is not as easy as they made it seem in sex ed all those years ago!

9 comments :

The Missus said...

I have taken clomid... Do NOT let them talk you into a prescription for 100mcg... Start smaller at 50 mcg... Or 25 mcg, if you can.

Clomid really eff-ed up my face. AND they only let me try it for three months before they told me I had to go injectables.

I have always ovulated. And both The Husband and I are "perfectly fine" in terms of fertility. So we have, like you, what is called "unexplained." And I refuse to jump the gum and do IVF or injectables when I already have painful ovulations without drugs.

I think my timing is just off. When it is supposed to happen, it will.

KT said...

I do not ovulate and had to do Clomid. And I was very, very fortunate to get a gorgeous, gorgeous girl. But I will say that Clomid was the devil for me. Threw me for a loop and made me a raving lunatic. But it did work...

Jo said...

I have a friend who took clomid due to irreg cycles. I don't know if it turned her crazy...she never mentioned it and she's already semi-crazy. kidding. But it did the trick. Got preg twice within 2 months, and has two singles, no twins. (one's a boy, other's tba in june).
Glad to hear there's nothing awry. it'll happen.

Frogger said...

Yum- One word: Acupuncture.
xo

KT said...

I do know someone who did acupuncture. It worked!

Julie said...

No Clomid!! No Clomid. That is all.

Anonymous said...

I didn't do clomid. It just took almost 2 years after my first baby to get pregnant the second time. When I least expected it - I was pregnant. All the best YM, it will happen and before you know it, you will be sending off thousands of dollars to a university. I can't believe how much the time has flown by. 18 precious years. And in 4 years time I will have to send of another "thousands" of dollars for the 2nd one.

Seriously broke, but a very proud and happy mother up here in Cananda! xo

Jodi said...

I did acupuncture-I was on my fourth cycle with injectables and IUIs when the clinic gave me the brochure for an acupuncture lady who did the special infertility treaments and that cycle I did it and now I have boy/girl twins. I tried clomid and femara before all that-clomid dries up your CM and thins your lining.
Jodi

Polly said...

I am a late Ovulator, when I fell pg with my first born I ovulated around day 50. That little baby stayed put thankfully and I now have my beautiful son. The second time I fell I ovulated on time and I lost that little one. It took me 10 weeks to get my cycle back and thats where I am at now - ovulated at day 26. I suppose time will tell. My fingers are crossed.
Have you tried some remedial massage? I found that helped get things moving when I fell the first time. Otherwise Id also think about a chiropractor or Kinesiologist to get your body into line. Lots of luck xx