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harmon968 posted:
Ok, so this might take a minute...
I am 26, I have a 7yr old daughter and my husband and I have been trying to conceive for about 2 1/2 years now. My Dr. prescribed me Clomid, which is on my dresser waiting for AF. I have had all the standard tests, my Hubby has had his tests too. The Doc thinks Clomid will do the trick, but I am not so sure. Here's the thing: I am a recovering Alcoholic, I used to drink a great deal but I went to Rehab and have been sober for nearly 4 years. Could the past affect my fertility now? Also, I used to be a pretty bad bulimic, really bad. I believe I am at a healthy weight now, and while I may not be perfect, I am healthier than I was before. I only occasionally throw up, {I am being honest here, so please don't judge me} and I don't binge, just puke if I had too much or feel too full- and not every meal. I am on Prenatals, I cut down on the caffeine, no alcohol, and eat a diverse and mostly healthy diet. So, Do I tell my Doc. about the old issues? Or do I take the Clomid, try and see what what happens? Has anyone been in recovery of this nature and gotten prego? I am beginning to get depressed about this whole situation, every time AF rolls around it's like a slap in the face. We so desperately want a baby, and I just can't focus on anything else. My husband is 43 {17 yrs older than me} and he has 3 girls, he is in good health and fertile now so he is just upset that we are not preg yet, because he is getting older...I am so sorry for the length of this, I just need some help and I figured why not lay it all out there, be honest, and see what happens. Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide. Oh, Do actual Drs read/respond on these?
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fiannakyn responded:
Huggs on your rollercoaster, and congrats on working to get healthier!

You're alcaholic past can afect your fertility, but clomid will help. I say this not from personal experience, but from 2 of my friends that were in those same shoes. One friend ended up conciving on her own and othe other did use clomid. both have healthy happy children.

the Bolumia I don't know... all my friends are fat and happy. But you might ask for a work up for all the nutreients etc. I know that purging can cause low levels of many important nutrients, I dont know how long that can last though.

either way, on your next apointment, for sure to disclose everything to your doctor.
 
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Susannah D Copland, MD, MS responded:
Congratulations on making such difficult changes for better health. Sharing your full health history will help your doctor help you. Higher levels of alcohol consumption (2 or more drinks/day) have been shown to delay conception. Both obesity and underweight are associated with delays to pregnancy. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia not only affect fertility, but may also lead to long-term health concerns that your doctor may want to evaluate before pregnancy. In addition, the stress of fertility treatment can make it harder to adhere to your healthier habits. Communicating your full health history with your doctor and making sure that you have as much support as possible during the emotionally difficult period of fertility treatment will help you reach your goal of a healthy pregnancy.


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