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Clomid

I see clomid popping up a lot, what are the reasons for putting you on it?

What problems does the woman have that makes them suggest it?

I have endometriosis, Adenomyosis, PCO, PID and the cilia in my tubes were damaged from bilateral hydrosalpinx.

Does everyone have to try clomid first?

Thank you In Advance! Xx

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Hi there I don't think you have to try clomid, but basically it helps you to ovulate if you don't ovulate regularly, or even if you do it can give them a little boost! If both of your tubes are damaged due to hydros have they discussed having your tubes removed? I had a hydro in my left tube and had it removed, which is when they found my endometriosis xxx

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I asked for them to be removed, but they wouldn't do it because I'm 'too young' and my tubes are open now from surgery but still damaged so I don't see a point in keeping them really!

It can hinder IVF can't it?

I don't ovulate regularly so maybe I'll have to do it :(

Thank you! Xx

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I was told that the hydros can stop an embryo from implanting properly so would be a waste to do ivf before having it removed. I was 27 when I had mine removed. Clomid is always worth a try as it's so much cheaper than ivf (I have to pay privately for all my treatment as hubby already has a son from previous relationship) xxxx

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I'm 27 too! I have a feeling that they'll come back when we're doing IVF and just prolong things for us, I might just go private prior to it and then they can't stop me !

Thank you for replying so quickly! Xx

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Clomiphene Citrate is usually recommended to women who do not ovulate on their own, so it is often prescribed to ladies with PCOS. It encourages 'super' ovulation and therefore the idea is that it will enhance a woman's options of falling pregnant naturally. Multiple births are fairly common with Clomid users, but are obviously not going to happen for everyone.

Some ladies respond beautifully to this drug, others just do not. It is a bit hit and miss. Also, it is quite serious medication and should only be taken if you are being monitored by a medical professional (monthly blood tests). Side-effects vary from user to user...some women get the whole bag - nausea, bloating, headaches, restlessness, insomnia etc. etc. and others won't register a thing. It is all very dependent on your body and its make up.

If you are being investigated for infertility (notwithstanding any other medical conditions) but are not ovulating regularly or at all, doctors will try Clomid because it is non-invasive and a lot less expensive than, for example, IVF treatment.

Hope that helps xx

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Thank you so much for your reply, that's really helped me understand it better.

It may be worth giving it a go for us, then at least we can say we tried everything!

Thank you again xx

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Wishing you much luck xxx

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I got put on clomid for not ovulating . Xx

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I have PCOS and endometriosis so don't ovulate. I had a laparoscopy to remove the endo and drill my left ovary then was recommended clomid which I tried for 7 months (2 of those on a higher dose) and apart from the 1st cycle had no ovulation. Like others have said I think it's mainly for women with PCOS. I have several friends who took it and have children but unfortunately I knew it was never going to work for me x

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Thank you for your reply!

I'm so sorry it didn't work for you, I hope you find a way xx

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Thank you, have started IVF now so 🤞good luck with whatever you decide xx

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Have they put you on metformin at all that's one that is also sometimes given for people with pcos . Xx

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They haven't yet, just waiting to get the appointment xx

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Metformin can also be used . Worth a mention xx

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