Sunday, April 19, 2009

I'll See Your Natural Cycle & Raise You a Clomid One

First, I would like to thank you all for your amazingly supportive comments to my previous post. It really meant a lot to me!

And now, it's time for IUI #3. On Friday, my RE said he wants to put me on Clomid. I will admit that I am apprehensive about taking fertility drugs. According to my RE, Clomid provides a 10% risk of twins. While twins would be a blessing, the idea makes me a little nervous because we do not have any family nearby to help us out. Luckily, the risk of triplets, (or more), is less than 1% with Clomid.

Greg feels comfortable with these odds and told me he will support me in my decision It was pretty much all I thought about this weekend. After doing lots of Googling, a bit of praying, and asking the advice of other women struggling with IF, I decided it is worth giving it a try because, according to my RE, Clomid will increase the chance of a successful IUI.

Here's one reference I found that discusses the success rates of various fertility meds (success rates are for women with unexplained infertility - not our situation, but still interesting to read):

IUI Success Rates

I just took my first dose (100 mg), and my fingers are crossed for no nasty side-effects! I go to the RE’s office for an ultrasound on CD 13 (next Monday).


Maeghan said...

Keeping fingers crossed for no side effects! I was wondering if you were going to try Clomid since I remember your aprehension. Hang in there!

Lindsay said...

I hope the clomid does the trick. I'm really glad that your Dr. is being pro-active. I'm sorry you were feeling so down (I just saw your last post today), but know we all struggle with those same emotions. You're definitely not alone.

Shannon said...

Good luck with the Clomid. I have found varying side effects, mostly just raging-bitchiness (which in all honesty could or possibly could not be the Clomid, lol) I am thinking of you and really hope this is your cycle!

Shannon said...

Fingers are crossed for you!
I am on the 50mg and than 50mg of femara. My side effects are manageable, so hopefully yours are too!

Bridget said...

Good for you! Third time's a charm, right?!

Allison said...

I've been following your story and could have written it myself. It wasn't until I was 31 that I was diagnosed with CF. Like you, mine is fairly mild and I have no reason to believe I won't live to be as old as I want. After struggling for 2 years with what we thought were unexplained fertility issues, I got pregnant (and now have a wonderful 2 1/2 year old) through IUI. FWIW, Clomid didn't work for me, but a drug called Femara did (I believe it's similar to Clomid in its effect). The Clomid was apparently making my lining too thin. I got pregnant on either the 3rd or 4th try. I just wanted to wish you all the luck in the world and I completely understand where you're coming from! Feel free to contact me anytime!

Eilerts said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! I start my first round of Clomid tomorrow. From what I understand, the main side effects are like the worst PMS mood swings ever. I really, really hope this will be the cycle for you!

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