At the end of February, I gave an update regarding what our next steps would be on our journey in becoming parents. March was a
neurotic long month for me. In between being frustrated with my employment situation, it was the month of my due date and my period decided to be two weeks late which was not only worrisome for me, but also put a hinder on starting the Clomid.
Thankfully my sister came into town for her Spring Break which kinda broke things up (although this was the time period in which my period was late…a 50+ day cycle). Like always, it was so great to see her and incredibly hard to say good-bye.
I got my period the night she left which also happened to be the day after my due date . I started my first round of Clomid a few days later (50 mg) and took it on the nights of cycle day 3-7. My doctor warned me of the potential side effects, but despite my normal anxious state, I went into the treatment relaxed. Clomid, like any type of fertility drug, effects different women in different ways. Here is my experience during my first month (I was advised to take it before bed to reduce the side effects):
- I woke up in the middle of the night with extreme nausea. I never threw up, but I felt really sick a few hours but was finally able to fall back asleep.
- I felt extremely fatigued most days.
- Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 I was extremely bloated. My lower abdomen protruded and it looked like I was pregnant. It was super uncomfortable (and actually hurt)…to the point of having to lay on the couch/bed all day. I was also abnormally hungry these days.
- Saturday, March 29, I got a positive OPK which was cd 16. This was GREAT news as I have only gotten a positive ovulation test between cycle days 19-21 the past 7 months.
I had extremely vivid dreams. I don’t know if the medicine itself made me tired or the fact that I possibly slept like shit because of the dreaming. Now, I clearly remember a fabulous dream involving James Franco so they weren’t all that bad, but I’d wake up not feeling rested. And the dreams were bizarre- like people I haven’t seen in years were in them. In addition, I can’t recall ever having hot flashes like this. I literally stripped down one day because I was so hot, but was freezing a few minutes later. I’d wake up in the middle of the night because I was so hot.
My moods were up and down throughout the month. I have moments when I’m still sad about what happened last year, but I’m more nervous about what is yet to come- when/if I’ll conceive again- and if I’ll be able to maintain the pregnancy. You better believe I’ll have my progesterone checked often and demand to be put on a suppository if it reads low.
I was also monitoring my basal body temperature throughout this cycle which I found at Wal-Mart for about $8. It usually takes a few cycles to get somewhat of a pattern (unless you have PCOS), but it was neat to see my temp drop them rise right before and after ovulation. I still didn’t know if this temperature deviation truly meant that I ovulated, but I was ecstatic to see the fluctuation! I called the doctor on Monday morning and left a message notifying her of my news from over the weekend, and she called in my labs.
The morning of Friday, April 4th I went and got my blood drawn (cd22). This would test my progesterone levels which show whether or not you have ovulated. Just as a reminder- WITHOUT any treatment- my results last month were, .95, 2.23, 2.32 (I went 2 times in a week and a half- the .95 was pre-positive opk). My specialist called me Monday, April 7 and told me that my progesterone was at 19.05!
Although we monitored everything closely with basal body temps and opks and with the help of Clomid, I did not conceive this month. However, I’m trying to focus on the fact that my body responded well to the 50 mg of Clomid. I’ve also heard that the first round typically isn’t successful, and that that your chances of conceiving are higher during the 2nd and 3rd attempts with the med. Well, Tyler will be gone next month due to work duties (I know he can’t help it, but we’re literally missing my next ovulation window by like 2 days…SO ANNOYING, AHHH!), so there goes that. Therefore, I’ll take time next month off Clomid and resume when he gets home. I’m just hoping my progesterone levels don’t plummet again, but we shall see. I’ll still monitor my cycle with ovulation tests and the basal temp thermometer -it’s important to know when you get a positive as it reflects how long your luteal phase (LP) is.
Finally, I’m not sure how big of a role the acupuncture played in my higher progesterone levels, but we’re going to say it was somewhat of a factor 🙂 I will not be partaking it in while Tyler is gone to save some money ($220…yikes). The weather is beautiful here so I plan on daily walks/jogs, meditation, and crafting all in between the great job hunt. I’ll definitely start again this summer though once he gets home.
This week will be filled with sushi, wine, sunny-side up eggs, bike-riding, and lunch meat…all things women are advised to stay away from while pregnant, haha. This has become my ritual after each failed cycle 😉
Have you or anyone you know taken Clomid?
What were your side effects?
Was it successful?
P.S. My doctor is only going to try Clomid for 6 cycles, perhaps less. The medication can cause the uterine lining to thin, and I was told that if you do not conceive within 6 cycles of using it, then it is unlikely you will conceive on it at all. Other fertility meds (depending on what your hormone levels read), injectables, and IUI are often explored to help with conception after Clomid use is exhausted.