My Story

Clomid

Posted by Juno on June 01, 2011

 

Before prescribing any drugs, the RE wanted to run the standard tests.  DH got a semen analysis  (passed with flying colors)  and I got and HSG (1)  to check for blockages (clear)  and Day 3 blood work. 


Freaky numbers started showing up.   My FSH was 0.8, my LH 0.28.   I explained to the RE that my cycle was always out of whack when I would switch time zones and I’d just returned from a work trip to Europe.   So he had me come back a week later.   That time, my FSH was a 3, LH a 2.3, and my 17-OHP (2)  was 374, which he deemed somewhat elevated.   These numbers should probably have been a tip off that my hormones were way out of whack – and that I was particularly susceptible to the stress of my ever-changing work schedule.   But the RE didn’t delve for any of the underlying issues, he simply repeated the 17-OHP  test a few days later,  which came back normal at 40.   He pronounced me a good candidate for Clomid. (3)

 

 Four months after my first RE consultation, with my cycles still out of whack, I started 50 mg of Clomid.  I didn’t get pregnant that month, or the next month or the next.  But I did develop a painful Clomid-related breast cyst, which had to be drained.  So the RE up’ed my dosage to 100mg (day 3 – day 7).  (This now strikes me as the WRONG thing to do – but what did I know then?).  And we moved on to IUI’s.

 

 

1 A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-ray test that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the area which surrounds them. Photographs taken after a dye is passed through the uterus and the fallopian tubes can detect any problems such as an injury or blockage that would prevent an egg or sperm moving through the fallopian tubes and inhibit fertilization. {webmd}


2 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OH) is a blood test that measures the amount of 17-OH progesterone, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. An over-secretion of androgens (male sex hormones such as testosterone) can cause elevated 17-OHP levels which can in turn interfere with ovulation called adrenal hyperplasia. {ivfplano,about.net; medterms.com}

 

3 Clomiphene (Clomid) is used to treat infertility in women by stimulating an increase in the amount of hormones that support the growth and release of a mature egg (ovulation). {webmd}