Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Clomid Experience #2


I want to preface this post by saying that this is just what I experienced while taking clomid, why I had to take it, my feelings and thoughts towards it and my results with clomid. Each person is different and has a different experience with this drug. It is up to you and your doctor to decide if clomid is right for you.

I had to take Clomid to assist with getting pregnant with both of my pregnancies. You can read about my first experience here.

When Brent and I decided to start trying to get pregnant again the twins had turned 3 years old. At this time I had never had a normal period. I thought I would turn into a normal woman when I quit breastfeeding the twins but that never happened. I never had a regular period for years so I knew I would probably have to repeat the same thing from the first time.

I made an appointment with my doctor and he gave me provera and clomid. The provera induced a period for me this time and I started taking 50mg of clomid on day 3 of that first period.

We had no luck. Each month, we I had my blood drawn to check my progesterone levels and to see if I ovulated. After several months I finally ovulated at 100mg. By this point I had gained about 15 pounds over those months.  I had also started having my own periods, right on schedule. I was also frustrated and sad that I hadn’t had a positive pregnancy test like I am sure many women go through while trying to conceive.  I believe that everything happens for a reason and being blessed with another child was on gods time and not mine. I tried to be patient..

My doctor upped my dose to 150 mg and recommended an IUI.

I stayed at that dose with an IUI for 3 months. I had one miscarriage (early) after the 2nd IUI.

After our 6 year anniversary weekend getaway, I was nervous to take the test and I didn’t want another negative on my mind while celebrating 6 years of marriage with Brent. We both deserved to just enjoy the weekend together. I took the pregnancy test when we got home and BAM it was a positive.

I was nervous or excited to go in at 10 weeks to find out if it was twins again this time.. I was on a higher dose of clomid plus an IUI.. so I was anxious to find out.

We went in and found out there was just ONE! I feel completely blessed to have one baby. For those of you who think you always get twins on clomid.. you don’t. I was even on a higher dose this time for a longer period of time and had one.


Side Effects:

I had the same side effects as the first time.

I had gained about 28 pounds this time…

I had cramping and bloating.

I felt pregnant even when I wasn’t

I was a bit more depressed/mood swings this time around. Or people told me I seemed different.. 

Clomid doesn’t work for everyone. It also doesn’t always work right away and can take time. I don’t think anyone trying to get pregnant thinks they can “just relax” and it will happen. My body needs the added hormones to get pregnant. I personally don’t mind clomid. If I get the result at the end it makes all the side effects, poking, prodding, timing everything, etc..  worth it in the end.