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    Thanks heaps ladies for all this wonderful info. Ive been reading this thread today and learning alot!

    Ive had PCOS for 10 yrs and been TTC for the past 6.. but not REALLY trying.

    I have all the meds at home that I need, Provera (I dont get a period, havnt for 2 years), metformin and clomid but I have never used it - gave up lol. But now, I am ready and rearing to go. So my question is... when did you all start your provera? Is there a particular time of day? ALso I remember that its for 5 days or stop until you bleed. Then the Clomid... is that started on the day of bleeding or before?



    Sorry for all the questions... I know Im only new here. I just cant get into to see my specialist for months and I am desperate to start yesterday lol.

    Thanks, Sarah xx

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    hi there, i'm new to this forum business so bear with me. I have been on and off clomid now since 2004...that seems like a lifetime....and a lot has happened since then. I have 2 sons (a 2 year old and a 4 year old), so i am proof that clomid works. took me 2 goes to have my first son, then had an ectopic (10wks) and lost a fallopian tube, took 4 goes to have my second son, 2 more failed attempts, fell with triplets this year (yes it does happen) but lost them at 14 weeks and am now on my second attempt this lot of cycles. it's hard work, the side affects suck, you have major ups and downs, but if you get that little baby in your arms, its worth every painstaking moment. stay strong and keep supporting each other...fertility problems in this country are rank and it helps to know you're not the only alien out there.....good luck to you all.....

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    Hi all - sorry it has taken me so long for an update - with xmas and all
    I took my first dose of Serophene second week of december. I didn't have and side effects that i was aware of. I have been very tired for the whole month bit if that is to do with that or the stinking weather - I am not sure.
    I had my blood test on friday (24 days) but lucky for me my specialist is away for another week - the waiting game is wonderful.
    Could someone please tell me if being on clomid is meant to make your cycle 28 days or would it be normal (if it worked)? I have not been told anything and have no idea at all.
    Thankyou all very much

  4. #76
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    Hi,
    Was wondering if anyone has any insight to when best to take clomid. I am about to start taking my second round of clomid (tonight) and just wanted feedback. Last month I took it in the morning and was in tears for the majority of the day and extremely fatigued (besides some other minor side effects) but I don't know whether it was a direct affect of the drug or the fact that I have to take the little blighters if we want to have a baby.
    I have thought to trial it at night and wondered if anyone else has played around with the time of day to take them to reduce the effects a little.

    Also thank you for starting up this thread for the clomid questions. It is a wonderful idea and I look forward to communicating with others going through the same.

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    Hi Deborah

    I am up to my second cycle of Clomid and i prefer to take them at night because any side effects that i am going to experience i sleep my way through them.. the only thing that I have to do for these side effects is go to bed a bit earlier than usual cause i get a little bit of fatigue from them.

    Other than that i dont feel the side effects of them during the day cause by the time i wake up the effects have gone.

    i would like to hear of what side effects other people have as well.

    just think of the result that we are going to receive from taking the clomid

    regards
    Coops

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    Hi Guys

    Sorry for butting in here but thought id let you know about my experience with clomid & provera. Im not sure if you have read earlier posts in this thread but I have added quite a few posts earlier on but haven't posted in quite a few months. I also am a night time taker of both clomid & provera for the same reason as coops in that I found the symptoms were much less severe. We were TTC for over 12 months before I was diagnosed with PCOS & then went onto the provera & clomid. I did want to tell you all though that after another agonising 6 months of failures, my final round of clomid worked & im now 7.5 weeks pregnant !! I had an early scan last week to check that all was ok & the heartbeat was a healthy 127 beats per minute & all looks good so far so im now crossing everything in the hopes that I can hang onto it. I just wanted to say that as agonising & emotional as the process is that it's all worth it in the end & that even though sometimes you feel like nothing is working or going your way that it can all turn around very quickly. Hope you are all doing well & best of luck with your clomid journey.

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    Hi Kell

    no need to be sorry for butting in thats what we are here for

    Congratulations on falling pregnant i really hope things go well for you and would love to hear how you are doing over the course of the time and especially at the final result lol, i am onto my 2nd dose of clomid, my husband and i are wanting to become parents in a massive way... we have so much love to give and nobody to give it to. i understand what you are saying by the "nothing is working" statement thats what it feels like at the moment.

    I feel like i am doing something wrong or something isnt right so i went and had a ultra sound to make sure everything was in tact and everything was.... but i feel it in my bones that i will be pregnant.

    I have a 6 month old nephew that i have been so clucky over since the day he was born and it is driving me nuts lol i have started to collect the baby things but i refuse to have them in the house until we are pregnant.
    the emotional rollercoaster was really bad at the start thinking i was going to be pregnant straight away but then i figured hey when it happens it will happen.... but then i go back to emotional rollercoaster lol its up and down.

    but it will happen and when it does everybody will know about it.

    I wish you all the best of luck with your pregnancy

    Hope to hear good news soon.

    Coops

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    Thanks coops for your best wishes, im certainly hoping everything goes well too, although I must admit that I didn't think id be this nervous or worried if I ever fell pregnant, which id say was due to all the dissapointment we have had throughout the whole process. I guess all I can do is keep my fingers crossed & do everything right! I know exactly how you feel though & it's very hard not to get dejected & feel like everythings going against you in that situation, all I can say is that im sure that everything will work out for you guys & it will all be worth it when you finally get pregnant, plus I think it's always good to talk to others in a similar situation because it gives you hope. I know that this thread was great for me as I knew there were others out there experiencing what I was experiencing & I could talk to them about it because other people don't always understand how heart renching the whole process can be so you are definately doing the right thing & you have the right attitude which is a great start. How long have you been on the clomid for? So you don't have anything wrong like PCOS?

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    You are welcome, thank you for your well wishes i really hope things go well for you.
    you would certainly be a bundle of nerves due to the past that you have encountered.. it would make things exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time.
    It makes it so hard when we have been trying and all we want is to be pregnant, also we fell pregnant last year but i miscarried i was only 4-5 wks but still it killed me when it happened and now trying to get pregnant just makes it so much harder but we are staying positive that it will happen.
    reading the threads of the website really helps cause you know that you are not alone when it comes to trying to get mother nature to jump start the process.
    i am just taking my 2nd does of clomid (50mg) so i really cant complain as yet lol.... i havent got PCOS i thought i did but i had a ultrasound to make sure everything was in tact and it came back clear which was good.
    If you dont mind me asking how long have you been on clomid?

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    Did your first round of clomid induce ovulation or are you just on the clomid to try & make your cycle more regular? I ended up doing 4 rounds of clomid but didn't ovulate for the first 3 of those, the first round I was on 50mg & that showed 0% progesterone on day 21 so obviously no ovulation & I went up to 75mg for the 2nd round & that was the same & the 3rd round I was on 150mg which showed a slight improvement so they put me on that amount for the 4th round too & I ended up getting pregnant. All of those rounds I also had to take provera to bring on a period as im not getting them on my own, I think I only had 2 in the last 12 months & there was no sign of ovulation in those. I think the doctors don't usually don't like to give provera after the 3rd round as it's a strong drug, but you are able to be on it for 6 months I think before they say you need to get off. Im really sorry to hear about the miscarriage, that must have been devastating & I think that's what im most in fear of is that I will lose this one. Im sure you guys will get pregnant soon, im a big fan of clomid as it has given me something i've wanted for a long time & wouldn't have without it & my best friend had the same result on her 3rd round of clomid. At least you know you can get pregnant & that there's nothing actually wrong, so try & relax as hard as that is because stress will make things worse, plus I have everything crossed for you guys! Have you thought of seeing a naturopath or accupuncturist because I still think that's what helped me get pregnant whilst on the clomid & they use both for IVF too so there has to be some benefit to it, even if it's just taking the stress off you?

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    Clomid didnt make me ovulate the 1st time around but i am hoping this one is going to work but if it doesnt well then we will just keep going. I am sure that everything will be fine and soon before you know it you will have a beautiful bundle of joy. I think when the docs prescribe clomid it gives you hope and strength that you will become pregnant. the miscarriage was something that made my husband and i closer but also a learning curve as well.... it was devastating but its something that i learnt to deal with and it will make this baby all the more special. Kell you have got nothing to worry about if you are doing everything right then you wont have a problem.
    I am getting my periods every month that isnt a problem and nearly the same time every month...... but the problem is i am not getting pregnant. also my husband works arfternoon shift so we finding as much time as we can lol.... i send a big congratulations to your friend that has fallen pregnant i am hoping that now talking about it i will follow suit lol
    i thought about acupunture and also the natropath and i thought at the moment i will try the clomid and see if that works and go from there. i think i would use acupuncture 1st though if you dont mind me asking what do they do at acupuncture for assisting with pregnancy?

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    So did they up your dose of clomid after the 1st round if it didn't work? If you decide to give natural therapy a go then you can actually search for an accupuncturist that specialises in fertility issues, they mostly work on stress points so it at least relieves the anxiety & stress related with what you are going through because it's a difficult process & we all need the help we can get I say. I swear by the benefits of accupuncture & also naturopathy as firstly i've never felt healthier in my life & the worry & stress seemed to ease dramatically after a month of treatment & they will work alongside the clomid so no need to worry about cutting out traditional medicine either & mine worked the very next month & I became pregnant! I found a clinic with all different therapies all in the one place which only dealt with fertility related services & I thought they were fantastic. Im hoping you are right & that I manage to hang onto this bub, I can't stand the thought of losing it after all we've gone through so im counting down the days now until im 12 weeks!

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    i asked him if i should up the dosage and he said he didnt want to take that step as yet, as this is only my 2nd month of taking it he just wants to see how the next few months goes. I thought about doing acupuncture or something just to help things along so i definately might look into it thanks for that information.
    I am sure that everything will go fine..i am crossing my fingers and praying for you by the sounds after all that you have gone through you deserve every bit of happiness in the world
    What dosage of clomid were you taking? also the doc recommends i take a pg test every month but the hardest thing with doing that is i cant handle looking at the negative test and being disappointed.
    Would this be your 1st child?

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    Hi Guys

    I took my first Clomid last nigh! SOOOO excited! I do not have POCS or anything just very lazy hormones!
    Can you clarify when you ovualte after the last pill of clomid?
    I have not had a perios since nov last year after stopping birth control, the gyno has put me straight onto clomid no provera first - is that strange?

    How many of you had sucess on the first round of clomid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coops View Post
    i asked him if i should up the dosage and he said he didnt want to take that step as yet, as this is only my 2nd month of taking it he just wants to see how the next few months goes. I thought about doing acupuncture or something just to help things along so i definately might look into it thanks for that information.
    I am sure that everything will go fine..i am crossing my fingers and praying for you by the sounds after all that you have gone through you deserve every bit of happiness in the world
    What dosage of clomid were you taking? also the doc recommends i take a pg test every month but the hardest thing with doing that is i cant handle looking at the negative test and being disappointed.
    Would this be your 1st child?
    I started on just 50mg of clomid on days 2 - 6 of my cycle after a course of provera to bring on a period as I wasn't getting them & that cycle didn't induce ovulation so my dose of clomid was upped to just 75mg which also didn't work & then they increased it to 125mg which showed improvement so I stayed on that dose again & now im pregnant! Yeah I had to take pregnancy tests all the time too, I guess they do that to be certain that you aren't pregnant before they put you back on the clomid as it can hard a baby, but I do know how horrible it is to look at a negative test, even when you are pretty definate you aren't pregnant, there is still that hope in the back of your mind isn't there? Yes this will be my first child so it's all still quite surreal, I don't think I ever really thought it was going to happen to tell you the truth so im still trying to get my head around it! Im sure you will have great success with the clomid especially as you don't have anything physically wrong & the clomid has a really good success rate too, have you started taking your second round yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReggieB View Post
    Hi Guys

    I took my first Clomid last nigh! SOOOO excited! I do not have POCS or anything just very lazy hormones!
    Can you clarify when you ovualte after the last pill of clomid?
    I have not had a perios since nov last year after stopping birth control, the gyno has put me straight onto clomid no provera first - is that strange?

    How many of you had sucess on the first round of clomid?
    Hi Reggie

    Usually you have to start clomid while you are on your period, but your doctor may have a reason for starting you on it anyway, maybe you should ask next time you see your doctor? Maybe your doctor thinks all you need is a little push & then your body will do it on it's own? I only had 2 periods in 12 months so I went onto provera to bring one on & then started clomid on day 2, but then I have pcos. As for your ovulation date, it all depends on what your cycle length is as to what day it happens, if you have a 28 day cycle then you ovulate on day 14, if you have a 30 day cycle you will ovulate on day 16 etc etc. Have you ever charted your BBT, because your temperature will pin point the date you ovulate also or you can get ovulation kits from the chemist which will give you the best 2 days for trying to get pregnant? I can't tell you about success on the first round as mine didn't work until after 4 rounds & I have a few friends who were on it & it took a few rounds for them as well. Don't get too dejected if it doesn't work first round as that is extremely common, i think more people don't have success first round but the success rates after that are great so good luck, it's all very exciting!

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    Hey Kell

    yeah it is diasppointing every time 1 line comes up instead of the 2, i bet you absolutley beside your self with excitement but nervous at the same.I am so excited for you
    Yeah i sit there and time the length of the test down to last second just to get some sort of glimmer of hope that the 2 lines may come up.

    Yep i have just finished my 2nd month of Clomid and just taking each day as it comes... do you think that by trying too hard it could reduce the chances of conceiving?
    I had a better time with the clomid this time around than last time, last time i suffered from a bit of nausea but then this time around i didnt just hot flushes lol

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    Hey Coops

    I definately think stress plays a huge part in hampering us to conceive, whether that's from the worry we place on ourselves or focusing too hard on success & putting pressure on ourselves as well, which I why I think that natural therapies & things like accupuncture would be a good option for you, just to help you take the pressure off & de-stress. My clomid didn't make me ovulate after 3 rounds & then I started seeing a naturopath & an accupuncturist that specialise in fertility problems & after about a month the clomid had worked & I got pregnant that round so I think it played a massive part in me conceiving. Im not sure if your doctor recommended the best times for you guys to try too but my specialist told me that every 2nd day from day 12 to day 18 or 20 of my cycle was the best chance of conceiving & it also lessens the pressure for your partner too! I found that each round of clomid my symptoms lessened too so that's one plus for you, what day of your cycle are you on now? Have you ever tried charting your temperature or ovulation kits?

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    yeah i am definately going to try acupuncture or something like that just to see how i go there has been alot of stress in my life the last month so it may be playing a part...the doctor said that to try after taking the last day of clomid and then every other day after that 1 of the hardest thing about this exercise is that my husband works afternoon shift and doesnt get home till midnight so it makes it a bit hard but we will get there.... if you dont mind me asking having acupuncture is that expensive?
    ok i got my period on the 19th Feb so i am up to day 10 ( if i am right). i havent tried charting my temprature but i think i might start doing that but then i dont want to seem like i am trying too hard

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