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Starting Clomid... Tips? Advice?

Hi ladies,

I'm starting my first round of Clomid tomorrow (50mg) and I'm kinda nervous. Does anyone have any tips, suggestions, or things/ side effects I should brace myself for?

Thanks A Bunch

Bianca 

Miscarriage 02.21.2005 Diagnosed with PCOS 07.2005 TTC since 2009 Miscarriage 08.09.2010 Medicine cabinet includes plenty of Provera, a little Metformin and newly added Clomid :o) HSG 06.27.11 SA 06.29.11 (Poor Husband) And way too many pelvic ultrasounds Buying stock in EPT, Clear Blue Easy and Pre-seed 08.2011 Round #1 of Clomid 09.2011 Round #2 of Clomid + Metformin + Low Dose Aspirin BFP-10.04.11 EDD 06.11.2012 WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! BabyFruit Ticker Nursing Bras at Nurtured Family Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Anniversary tickers

Re: Starting Clomid... Tips? Advice?

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    #1 Rule - Make sure that you are monitored correctly by your Dr!!

    The only noticeable side effect that I had was hot flashes.  They were not fun, but nothing awful.  Good luck!

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  • Everyone has a slightly different experience.  But with me the first time on clomid, I had very little side effects at all.  Slightly warmer - but I wouldn't call them hot flashes.  Slightly moodier but I wouldn't say anger.  And really bad cramping pain in my ovaries getting stronger every day until two days past O. 

    The second time I took it the s/e were stronger.  Def. Hot Flashes, def. moodiness, and again the O pains.

    All in all I don't think it's bad at all, the pain was just a reminder that I had good egg follie.  Good luck!


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  • Good luck!  This is my first cycle on 50 mg of Clomid (monitored).  I felt a bit warm (but not hot flashes) with little to no other side effects. The only other thing I've noticed is no EW CM (did have some water CM a few days ago). 

    Someone suggested to me to take Clomid at night to help cut down on the side effects. 

    After 15 cycles and 3 rounds of clomid (50mg) we got our BFP.

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  • I just finished my first round (50 mg) of clomid this cycle, CD 5-9.  Tip number 1 is I would warn your husband that you could be moody and irritable while taking it.  On CD 7 I started getting major hot flashes and was incredibly bit*hy but that seemed to go away a couple days after my last pill.  Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones that don't experience any of the side effects.  Good luck this cycle!
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    7/19/11 50 mg Clomid = BFP, MMC at 6 weeks 1 day (9 weeks 3 days)

    12/12/11 50 mg Clomid + Ovidrel + Progesterone= BFN

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  • I just finished my 2nd round of Clomid and didn't have any side effects at all in terms of moodiness or hot flashes like a lot of women get. I think each person reacts differently to it. GL!
  • I did a couple rounds and had very few s/e.  I was a little warmer than usual but not real hot flashes and nothing turning down the AC a few degrees can't help.  Moody - yes but to be perfectly honest, I think I am moody with or without Clomid.  Both times, on the second day that I took it, I had some cramping in my ovaries about an hour after the pill.  Nothing terrible though.  Definitely take it at night - you'll be able to sleep through the discomfort if you have any.

    Good luck!

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  • I had no side effects with 50mg.  I did take it at night, with dinner, so maybe that helped.

    However, I didn't ovulate on 50mg.  Hopefully 100mg works.  :)

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  • I was crazy bloated and had quite a bit of ovary-ish pain early and until O on my first cycle @ 50mg.

    2nd cycle we got PG (!!!!) but it ended in a loss.:(

    Depending on how many follicles you produce and how big they are, you could have some pain around O time which makes intercourse a little less fun.

    I didn't and haven't experienced any moodiness on my 6 cycles, which have all been at 50mgs because I've responded well.

    Also, you may have heightened expecations for this cycle. We certainly did and AF after our first Clomid cycle was a real letdown. But hang in there.

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  • I was nervous too. Besides being a little dizzy the 1st day all I experienced were hot flashes, no pain, no moodiness. My doctor suggested to take it at bedtime to cut down on the symptoms. Good luck!
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    Also, you may have heightened expecations for this cycle. We certainly did and AF after our first Clomid cycle was a real letdown. But hang in there.

    I admitt my expectaions have been pretty high especially since I have been working on weight loss at the same time. But I know that all I can do is hope, wait, and PRAY!

    Thank you ALL for all of the great advice this message board has really been a blessing. Big Smile

    Miscarriage 02.21.2005 Diagnosed with PCOS 07.2005 TTC since 2009 Miscarriage 08.09.2010 Medicine cabinet includes plenty of Provera, a little Metformin and newly added Clomid :o) HSG 06.27.11 SA 06.29.11 (Poor Husband) And way too many pelvic ultrasounds Buying stock in EPT, Clear Blue Easy and Pre-seed 08.2011 Round #1 of Clomid 09.2011 Round #2 of Clomid + Metformin + Low Dose Aspirin BFP-10.04.11 EDD 06.11.2012 WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! BabyFruit Ticker Nursing Bras at Nurtured Family Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Anniversary tickers
  • Hi there and welcome.  I'm finishing my 2st cycle on Clomid, so I have limited experience.  I agree with previous people that its very important that you are monitored, first and foremost.  I also took my dosage at night to avoid any potential side effects.

    I was very nervous too, trust me!  For me, Clomid wasn't bad at all.  The only side effects I had were hot flashed and strange dreams, and both were completely bearable. I didn't have thinned lining or anything like that, but I only ended up with 1 good follicle.  

    I hope you have a good Clomid experience, and good luck.

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  • This is my 2nd month on Clomid, first month 50mg no response - and im currently on day 17 of my cycle of 100mg of Clomid. i'm crossing my fingers hoping i ovulate this month so i have a chance! but i'm trying not to get my hopes up. i went off BCP in December and haven't ovulated yet since :( got tested in May and found out i have PCOS, so each cycle i have to have provera to induce my cycle since i don't ovulate.

     Side effects will effect each person differently. I definitely got moody and easily irritated =) i caught myself picking fights for no reason!  and i got hot flashes, but they weren't bad at all and only lasted a few seconds. Month 1 i took my medicine randomly through the days...this month i took it at the exact same time each morning with my prenatal, hoping maybe it will have a different effect!

     I hope clomid works for you!

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  • I did 4 50mg rounds of Clomid with success of ovulation each round, but no pregnancy.  I decided on month 5 to go off of Clomid and I ovulated on my own.  Sides effects included 10lb weight gain, mood swings, headaches and hot flashes.  Two pregnancies, first miscarried and 22 month old.  Did not expect that it would be difficult this time around. 

  • I am currently on my 4th  round of Clomid. No pregnacies to report. I did have some hot nights and little bit of moodiness. I did feel some sensitivnies in my ovaries during my cycle. Also during intercourse it was a little painful. Hopefully this is my last round. I'm on my 2nd day of my ovulation kit.

  • Hi Bianca:  I took Clomid (& HCG trigger shots) a total of 4 times. I was seeing an infertility specialist for "unexplained infertility" and was being monitored with ultrasounds and blood work frequently while on and off meds. I had horrible hot flashes, and it thinned out my lining more and more every month that I took it.  The first month I ovulated 7 eggs on the right side only! I had an iui, and was in a lot of pain for about 2-3 hours after the iui....This was b/c of the large # of eggs I was releasing.  As you can see, I had an over-reaction to the 50mg's I was taking.  (I was ovulating normally on my own, btw. The dr's like to see 2, maybe 3 eggs at the MOST tho).  In the months after that, I was only releasing 2-3 eggs from both ovaries, but my lining went from a 6 or 7 the first time, to a 4 the next, then a 3 the last 2 times, which really leaves you no option of implantation. Everyone reacts different to the meds tho.  After Clomid, I went on to take Tamoxifen (20mg) & HCG and still had no luck, but my lining was great. Some months I even had a 10 or higher!  I guess it really was just the stress of thinking about getting pregnant constantly and focusing so much on it.  We decided to finally stop seeing the specialists and focus on a mortgage for our house, and got pregnant that month naturally!  Its much easier said then done when people say "just don't think about it and it will happen!" HA!  Its impossible when you want something so bad, and everyone around you is getting pregnant.  Good luck to you!! :)

     

     

     

  • This month was my 4th cycle of Clomid.  I am on 150 mg and we haven't got pregnant yet:(  I have been lucky, haven't had too many side effects.  Just my vision in the evening ( I see halos).  Other than that, nothing else.  Good luck!
  • I survived my first round of Clomid!!! I took it every night before bed and I can say that I had very little side-effects if any... I did have very interesting dreams though and was very tearful on day 3 and 4. So here I am CD14 and still no Smile on the ovulation test but we'll see what happens in the next few days cause lord knows my DH is dying to get some baby making sex in!!! LOL

    Thanks as ALWAYS for all the support,

    Bianca

    Miscarriage 02.21.2005 Diagnosed with PCOS 07.2005 TTC since 2009 Miscarriage 08.09.2010 Medicine cabinet includes plenty of Provera, a little Metformin and newly added Clomid :o) HSG 06.27.11 SA 06.29.11 (Poor Husband) And way too many pelvic ultrasounds Buying stock in EPT, Clear Blue Easy and Pre-seed 08.2011 Round #1 of Clomid 09.2011 Round #2 of Clomid + Metformin + Low Dose Aspirin BFP-10.04.11 EDD 06.11.2012 WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! BabyFruit Ticker Nursing Bras at Nurtured Family Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Anniversary tickers
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    I survived my first round of Clomid!!! I took it every night before bed and I can say that I had very little side-effects if any... I did have very interesting dreams though and was very tearful on day 3 and 4. So here I am CD14 and still no Smile on the ovulation test but we'll see what happens in the next few days cause lord knows my DH is dying to get some baby making sex in!!! LOL

    Thanks as ALWAYS for all the support,

    Bianca

    Are you waiting for a +OPK or will you be going to your doctor for a follicle ultrasound to see how you responded? 

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  • This round we're doing +OPK but I'm doing blood work and meeting with the doctor on thursday.
    Miscarriage 02.21.2005 Diagnosed with PCOS 07.2005 TTC since 2009 Miscarriage 08.09.2010 Medicine cabinet includes plenty of Provera, a little Metformin and newly added Clomid :o) HSG 06.27.11 SA 06.29.11 (Poor Husband) And way too many pelvic ultrasounds Buying stock in EPT, Clear Blue Easy and Pre-seed 08.2011 Round #1 of Clomid 09.2011 Round #2 of Clomid + Metformin + Low Dose Aspirin BFP-10.04.11 EDD 06.11.2012 WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! BabyFruit Ticker Nursing Bras at Nurtured Family Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Anniversary tickers
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