Should I start taking clomiphene (Clomid or Serophene)?
Real Mom Problem
“Anyone have any success with Clomid? How long did it take?”
- 1. Discuss all your options with your doctor before making the choice that feels right for you
- 2. Although many women have success with fertility drugs, recognize that they don't all work for everyone
- 3. Be aware of potential side effects before starting any prescription
Real Mom Solutions
Are fertility drugs right for you? Get the scoop on clomiphene (Clomid or Serophene) from real women who know what you're going through. Remember these answers are from real moms, not doctors. The answers below are not medical advice and should not be relied on as medical advice or used in lieu of speaking with a medical professional.
It Worked for These Moms
I was on 100mg and got my positive pregnancy test after just one cycle. I am now nine weeks pregnant with twins.
I am six-and-a-half weeks pregnant from my first round of Clomid 50mg. We had been trying two years prior to Clomid.
I had success with Clomid. It took three rounds, but I think it took me longer because we were not having intercourse the correct days the first two rounds. My son is now seven years old and the joy of our lives.
I took a low dose last cycle (25mg) along with a few other things and I got pregnant! We had been trying to conceive for eight years. I did have some not-so-pleasant side effects, but it worked, so I'd say it was worth it. I ovulate on my own, but Clomid helped me ovulate better, if that makes any sense.
I just got my first positive ovulation predictor test using Clomid. I know it's helping me finally ovulate, so I know I'll have a better chance. I took 50mg and had no side effects.
It Isn't Right for Everyone
When I started trying to conceive my son, the doctor went ahead and put me on Clomid because it took so long to conceive my first child. I took it for five months and nothing happened. I ended up getting pregnant on my own five months after that!
Unfortunately, I am in this club. I took Clomid for five months. I ovulate well on my own, and I have unexplained infertility. The first month of Clomid was 50mg, which didn't do much. The doctor bumped me up to 100mg. I had four to six follicles on this dose! But unfortunately, it also made my uterine lining way too thin for implantation. Although I did get my positive pregnancy test on the break cycle immediately following my Clomid use!
Clomid never worked for me (took it for almost a year). I had severe mood swings, severe hot flashes and lots of cramping. It works for some women, just not for me.
I was put on Clomid twice and I didn't even ovulate once. After month six, my doctor ran all kinds of tests to find out I am Clomid-resistant. Basically meaning the hormones in the Clomid are too much for my picky system and it shuts it down.
Be Aware of Side Effects
The hot flashes are a little crazy but bearable. I get a little bit stronger pain when I am ovulating but nothing really horrible, just uncomfortable.
I did my first round of Clomid 50mg this month. Only thing I noticed was a little bit of an upset stomach and slight headache, nothing major, but everyone is different.
I have taken Clomid and it worked twice for me. I had hot flashes at night so badly and was very moody. No matter what, it was worth it!
No side effects here but I took it before bed which is supposed to help.
I did one round, had a lot of symptoms: Sore breasts, hot flashes, headaches, nausea, vomiting... you name it. I got my positive pregnancy test though.
I didn't get hot flashes. I got migraines, but fixed that by taking ibuprofen right before the Clomid and I drank a caffeinated drink. Caffeine helps stop or prevent migraines for me. I was emotional, but heck, it's only five days, and a small price to pay for my sweet son!
Is It Worth It if You Already Ovulate?
I do ovulate on my own and when I have taken Clomid (to test my egg reserve) it seemed like my ovulation wasn't as good--I didn't have as high a temp spike as I usually do. There are other, more natural things you can do if you have hormonal issues. My OB wanted me to take Clomid to help with my progesterone level, for example. To me it makes more sense to use a natural progesterone supplement--which is what I do now. You could take vitex, or FertilityBlend, or FertilAid to naturally help your hormones.
I ovulate on my own. They couldn't find any medical reason for us not to get pregnant. We tried for two years. Finally we were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. My doctor prescribed Clomid as the cheapest, potentially easiest first route to take. With Clomid, I had three eggs released. Each egg has a 20% chance of fertilization, so it increased my odds to 60%! That's what we needed. I got my positive pregnancy test on the second round.