Quick question for any of you that have used metformin...my doctor wants me to try it before moving on to IUI. I am supposed to start with 500mg a day and work up to 1000mg after 2 weeks. The side effects scare me. What was your experience? Did you gain weight? I know this sounds silly but clomid made my body all sorts of weird and really took a toll on my body image (hello always feeling bloated) and I want to brace myself if thats going to happen with this med as well. I'm at a normal weight range and I work hard to maintain, so I am hoping not to take any steps back.View Thread
THANK YOU for the insight (again!). I have had the RX for a few days but was hesitant to start it based on the side effects. I too gained weight on my six cycles of clomid and despite always watching what I eat and exercising, I cannot lose it for the life of me and I've never been this heavy so it is frustrating.
I'm going to give it a whirl and prepare for the worst. Hopefully I can make it through the work day, ew. I'm going to try taking it with supper to hopefully avoid some of that. After a week I need to add the morning dose in as well.
I am glad my doctor is adding this in to try based on my history instead of making me jump to the IUI, which is costly and much more invasive. How soon until you started seeing positive effects from the metformin? My doctor didn't really say and I forgot to ask!View Thread
Well, I had my first appointment with RE today and I am already feeling better and optimistic! They did a quick ultrasound and said I actually have a 17mm follicle right now and that I could o on my own these next few days, and I didn't even take clomid this month! He said my lining was great but is doing a full workup and me and DH but said he'd like to try Femara and probably IUI right away depending on how agressive we have to be. I know many of you are on Femara, will it be better than clomid because clomid made me crazy! Any insight on the IUI?!View Thread
Thank you! I'm glad to hear that Femara is better for side effects than the clomid, even though I know it affects everyone different.
How long will you do Femara before doing an IUI? After I'm done with my tests, my RE would like to try Femara (says I have to wait until October cycle, which sort of stinks) and said if we want to be agressive we could do the IUI right away... Not sure what route to go.View Thread
Just finished up round 3, they switched me from my usual 100mg 5-9 to 150mg days 3-7. I had intense cramping/bloating from day 14-28. Got + opk again this cycle but took pg test on day 28 and it was -. I've had period cramping from day 27-current but I am now on day 31 and I am just starting to to bleed (sorry, tmi). Previously my period always came on day 28 like clockwork so I am not sure why it is delayed.
I'm frustrated with taking clomid with no monitoring for my dr so I think I'll ask for a referral to see what else might be going on. Clomid makes me feel so gross-bloated, full of acne, crabby....and it isn't worth taking if I'm not going to get that bfp.
Anyone else have better luck after switching to RE? What test will they do, I'm just not sure what to expect?View Thread
Thanks for the response. I have an appointment set up for August 9th with a RE! I'm taking this month off from clomid, I don't think I can physically or emotionally take another round. This last round days 3-7 at 150mg really messed with me! My period came 4 days later than every other month, I've had weird back cramps for 2 weeks, and af just isn't the same as usual.
Hoping the RE I've got an appointment with can be helpful. They asked that I bring in all medical records so I assume it'll be at least a month past my first appointemnt to when I can actually start on another cycle.
How do you all stay motivated? I feel defeated...View Thread
How long did you all wait to seek a RE instead of your OB? I'm currently on round 4 with no success and zero testing throughout this process (minus at the beginning) and I'm wondering it if it time to ask for a referral. I feel like I am wasting my time sometimes...View Thread
I'm glad I'm not the only one! I'm on round 4 as well, I'm on day 12 so still in the bd stage! I decided to skip opk this month, I got such varied results and since the doctor doesn't do any testing, I might as well save my money and wait for the bfn or bfp.
I used preseed and the robitussin as well this month...so we will see! I feel a little odd taking robitussin so frequently when I feel fine, but hey it is worth a shot
I am getting frustrated too...we have already decided to take next month off. The high doses of clomid make me feel just gross-bloated, crabby, horrible acne, and I'm just plain MEAN! I think I need to take step back and relax a little. I'm not sure when to take the next step and see a RE instead of my regular OBGYN. I just don't want to waste time if there is something else that needs to be addressed!
Good luck to you! Let me know how things are going!View Thread
Well I am glad that I am not the only one in this boat then! I love my doctor so I really didn't want to have to jump to a RE if I didn't have to but I just don't want to waste too much time with cycles of clomid if there is an underlying issue.
I know that with the increase in dosage it also things your lining more, did your doctor say anything about that? Mine didn't seem very worried about it but everything I read says that the thin lining can be a barrier to implantation as well.View Thread
I had a similar situation! I went a full year without any periods after coming off of bcp. My doc said the pill was giving me "periods" but covering up the probable PCOS. I started my first does at 50mg, then the next two at 100 and yes, I did them all in a row with no breaks. I was told we would try clomid for a solid 6 months and then re-evaluate if I do not have a bfp!
It is new to me too, I just hope it eventually works!View Thread