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Thread: Pcos sufferers using clomid

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    SISHA Guest

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    Hi Girls,



    I currently have PCOS, my doc put me on glucophage and clomid 50mg. I finished my third cycle on clomid and just started my period today. My question is, my insurance only covers genarics does it matter that the clomid I'm taking is an off brand? This is so frustrating! I have two more refills left should I finish those and request my doc for 100mg?

    Sincerelly,
    Alisha

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    Sal Guest

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    Hi Alisha, this is an Australian site, so I can't respond to your question.

    All the best.

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    Hi Alisha,

    I don't think it would make a difference if you're taking a generic brand. They should all do the same thing. I was on serophene, it's clomiphene citrate the same as clomid, just another brand. As you can see by my ticker it still did the job

    Is your doc monitoring you in regards to ovulation and how many follicles you're producing? If you're not ovulating on the 50mg then your doc might increase your dosage and/or get you to start taking the clomid earlier in your cycle.

    Good luck!

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    Hi Alisha,

    Just wanted to say, welcome to bellybelly!

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    Hi everyone! Since I can't seem to get my dr. to give me any information ](*,) , I'll ask about it here. It's in regards to taking Clomid.

    When your dr decides to put you on clomid, when do you start taking it? Do you have to have a period before hand, and does it have to be a real one, not an induced bleed? Do you only take it for so many days? When do they do an ultrasound to check the follicles?

    My GP won't tell me anything about it, and he's not following through with his referral to a specialist, I don't know why, he's just dragging his heels. I'm really displeased with him. :evil:

    So who can tell me about this? What is the go from first to last step?

    Thanks in advance, and kind regards! \/

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    Hey Tigerlilly,

    Grr @ your GP dragging his heels! Fingers crossed you get that referral soon.

    With the clomid you'll take it over 5 days early on in your cycle. What days you take the clomid can vary as can the dosage. My OB had me on 50mg from CD5-9. Some girls take it even earlier in their cycles. Apparently the earlier you take it the strong it's effects are.

    I'm pretty sure you do have to have a period before you start taking it, but it doesn't matter if it's a real one or induced.

    My OB started tracking my follies from around CD14, but I think this can vary depending on your specialist and perhaps the dosage you're on.

    Your best bet would be to get that referral and have a good chat to the specialist about it. Good luck with everything!!

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    Hi TigerLilly,

    welcome to BB, hope the other peeps on this part of the forum can help with your Clomid question.

    You'll get a better reception here than you did at your GP's!!! I believe that by law, he has to give you correct and appropriate information if you request it, especailly if he has put you on it!

    Perhaps you could go to another GP and request your 'notes/records' be sent forward to them. (Are there any others you'd trust to go to in your area?) as they may be more forthcoming with the information.

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    As for the posting about generic meds, I used two different brand clomids when I was on it, and bizarely enough, one gave me much worse side effects than the other! So guys if you're finding the effects to be too much to bare, next time see about getting the other brand...

    I told my dr about this because naturally I figured they must both be identical, to which he agreed. So dont know the explanation for it but definitely each affected me differently, so I figure its worth a shot!

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    hi there.....i have pcos and i am waitting till i get my period so i can start taking clomid 50mg...

    ive been stressed lately and my period is late by 2 days and i took a pg test and it was naturally negative......

    i do have a 2 y.o daughter which i am grateful for but would still like another 2 kids......

    how does the gynaoe check if u r ovulating? ultrasound or something?

    thanks.

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    Girls - in regards to generic brands of medicines - If you check the packets, you will find that they 'generally' will have the same contents. I used Clomid - and had a very very nasty reaction to it, it lasted 10 days. Because I dont ovulate - and I dont have the same rise in hormones - that is why I was so sick. And that was Not the generic brand.

    Keen As -your reaction was probably because your body wasnt familiar to those hormones.

    Tigerlilly - go and get another GP. What you need is someone who is willing to help, not hinder.

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    Tragic - my dr tested for ovulation with a blood test at day 21 of my cycle. Testing for progesterone, which shows that you've ovulated.

    Keenas - I've heard that you can have a reaction to the binding agents in tablets. So different brands must use different stuff to bind the drug together. I found this out because I thought I was having an allergic reaction to vitamins, and was told that can be the cause.

    Tigerlilly - I didn't actually get around to taking any Clomid because the Metformin did the trick for me But I will quote the explanation in the letter from my OB/GYN:

    Clomiphene is a drug that interferes in the feedback mechanism to the way the body measures its own oestrogen level. In short it tricks the body into thinking that the oestrogen level is too low so the body drives the ovary harder to release an egg that cycle. Clomiphene has a particular risk which is the risk of multiple pregnancy, so we start the medication in very low dose. We gradually, cycle by cycle, increase the dose until we get you ovulating. This minimises the risk of multiple pregnancy but there is still probably around a one in twenty risk of twins.

    The normal protocol is to start you on 1/2 a tablet a day and you take it for 5 days in the menstrual cycle. You can start on the first day of bleeding or somewhat later. Many people do start on the first day of bleeding but I prefer to leave it until day three. If Clomiphene is taken while you are already pregnant then it can cause fetal abnormalities and by the third day of bleeding most women are sure that it really is a period and not a little bit of bleeding early in a pregnancy. If there is ever any doubt then we get a blood pregnancy test performed before you take the Clomiphene that cycle. I suggest you start taking the first dose of Clomiphene on day three of bleeding and then take it for five days only.

    In the normal pattern of events you should ovulate around day 14 of that cycle and then menstrual around day 28 if you have ovulated. If you ovulate there will be progesterone circulation and we can test this on day 21. If the progesterone is positive in good level then the next cycle we repeat the same dose. If the progesterone is not positive with the next cycle we increase the dose to a full tablet. If that gets you ovulating we get you to stay on that dosage. If it does not we then progressively increase the dose until you are ovulating regularly.
    Hope that's useful. As I said, Metformin re-established a cycle for me. I initally was put on Metformin with the intention of starting Clomid after 6 weeks. Apparently Metformin can help you respond better to the Clomid.

    Anyway.. good luck with your cycles girls!

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    ivana, thanku for the info.....

    i initially wanted to go on metformin but the gynao said there were too many risks and he wouldnt prescribe it to me.....

    at the moment i think im stressed ..i see a few ppl i know gettin preg and for some stupid reason i feel left out or something.also i dont want a huge gap b/w kids......

    catcha..tragic

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    hi guys, im in the same boat, i have pcos...we do have one daughter 2 y.o but we have been tryin for 6 mths...im on my last tablet of clomid day 5 of periods.....
    when would it be the best time for me and hubby to try?
    ciao.

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    Hi Tragic

    My gyno told me to BD like crazy from days 9-17, every second day just so you don't miss ovulation.He also said that we are likely to ovulate 7-10 days after your last clomid tablet.Hope this helps....

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    hi kirsty, thanku so much for your help...do u have any kids? if so did u concieve straight away with clomid?

    we had daniella naturally........but since i have put on weight since the birth and we have been tryin nothings happenin....i dont smoke or drink or do drugs and i find it so frustratin.....today is actually day 6 since i micsalcuated b4...(yesterday was day 5 reds)...........

    i think we r just goin to enjoy it coz if u think abt too much u put stress on yrself and yr hubby,,,,,,,,,

    take care,,,ciao

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    Kirsty77 Guest

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    Hi Tragic

    I'm currently pregnant with baby number 1.We conceived second cycle of clomid which was alot quicker than we thought it was going to happen on clomid!I'm 27 and my sister is 24 and has the same condition and conceived first cycle of clomid after TTC baby number 2 for 18 months.She conceived her first bub naturally like you.Stress does play a huge part, its trying not to stress that is soooo hard!

    I wish you luck and let us know how you go....................

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