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glo74 posted:
Hello and welcome to the Clomid board. The girls here have put together some information from what we have learned through our experiences with Clomid.

Here are some helpful links:

Hormone levels and bloodwork: www.pinelandpress.com/faq/hormonelevels.html

The primer (a list of abbreviations):

ttcjso.blogspot.com/

Fertility Friend website (you can track your BBT (basal body temperature) free:

www.fertilityfriend.com

First of all most doctors prescribe Clomid to be taken on cd(cycle day)3-7, or cd5-9, though there are exceptions. We all suggest you take the Clomid at night in hopes of reducing some of the side effects. Some of the side effects that we've experienced are:

Headaches

hot flashes

mood swings (cloMOOD!)...

and many side effects do not start until after you are done taking the pills. They often linger after the cycle is over.

Another side effect is NO Cervical mucus. Clomid can make you very dry. For this reason we advocate the use of preseed, the only sperm safe lubricant on the market. You can buy preseed online from a variety of stores, including www.preseed.com. It isn't cheap but it is very helpful.

You should also drink a lot of water and some of us take robitussin (Tussin, generic)(guafenisin 100mg as the ONLY ingredient)to thin out our CM as Clomid can cause hostile CM. You should take 2 tsp, 3 times a day with plenty of water, starting the day after the pills through ovulation.

1.. it seems to be individual Dr. preference whether they prescribe it days 3-7 or 5-9

2.The length of your cycle unmedicated does not indicate the length of your cycle ON Clomid

3. You usually ovulate 5-10 days after your last Clomid pill

4. Don't use an OPK for 3 days after your last pill or you could get a false positive.

5. One month you could ovulate early and the next month it could be late

6. Clomid often makes your cycle much longer (it can lengthen luteal phase) but if your cycles are super long in general, sometimes it makes them shorter

You also may be wondering about success rates. Well there are some people that get pregnant their first month using Clomid, then there are some that it takes numerous months, and then for some girls they must find another option besides Clomid (which there are many). But I believe the statistics say you have a 10-15% chance every month (a couple with no infertility issues has a 20% chance). The chances of multiples are slim, about 5%, but it does happen.

And there are a few tests that you and your partner should take, they include: and HSG hystersalpingogram, this is where they inject a dye into you transvaginally, and check to see if your Fallopian Tubes are open and clear, and to check for any abnormalities. They say that there is an increased rate of conception for the three months following the HSG. This may be due to clearing out any blockages in the tubes.

Another test you should have done is an SA, or Semen Analysis for your partner to see if there are any male factor problems.

You should also have a day 2 or 3 progesterone test (for a baseline number) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) test. With the FSH, a lower number (
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