Just started Clomid - is the process always so controlled?

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Registered: 10-09-2012
Just started Clomid - is the process always so controlled?
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Tue, 02-26-2013 - 6:29pm

Hi all-

I've been ttc for over 2.5 years, with one m/c last year. My dr. put me on clomid since it has been a year since dh and i conceived. I'm wondering if everyone else that goes on clomid has the same type of controls b/c they are expensive:

1. cycle day 5 - ultrasound to check for any cysts/follicle size

2. get the rx for 5 clomid

3. cycle day 10 - ultrasound to check follicle sizes

4. start using opk's

5. day of positive opk, make appt. for IUI.

Now, I asked last month if we could do clomid without the IUI, but they still said I'd have to have all the ultrasounds, office visits, etc.

So - is this how it is for others? Is my place just really trying to up the odds that we'll be successful? or am I getting screwed monetarily since none of this is covered by insurance and I have to pay out of pocket for all these services when I check out?

Just wondering what others have experienced.  btw, I'm 36 and dh is 39, so we really want to get pg soon - we have no kids yet.

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Registered: 07-01-2003

hey there :)

I got the ok to start clomid as well, and no ins coverage (sucks!).  Not doing IUI though.  Here is my docs process:

CD3 US to check for cysts

Clomid prescibed CD5-9

CD12 US to check follicle size

then wait and see if pg. if not, she'll try 1 or 2 more times. after that its off to a fertility specialist.

I too am 36, DH is 37

How much is it for you? I think my clomid will be covered by my prescription plan, if not i heard its cheap.  the office visit is $100 and us is $200, so $600 plus clomid each month. my doc is awesome though and will only charge $400 if it wont go through ins. 

I've been hesitant going on it. Was going to start this month, but I got a bfp which turned into a chemical pg. :( but now I'm at it again.  In the tww. going to give it a few months then will move to clomid.

 

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Registered: 10-09-2012
Luckily, insurance covered the actual clomid, but not any of the US. I'm hoping it covers the office visit. Ok, so it looks like it is the same deal - you do the US, you take the pill 5 days (I'm on day 4 right now, cd8), and then US cd12. For me, I'm paying $150 for the office visit, and the US is $275, so its about $800 plus the IUI. You're lucky your dr. will charge you less. I totally feel like the RE is ripping me off. But, hopefully ins will pick up the office visits at least - I have a call into my dr.s billing center b/c last time, they charged me without submitting to ins and that is not right. I'm so sorry about the chemical pg - that sucks.
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Registered: 05-04-2012

Clomid is really cheap.  It wasn't covered by my perscription plan.  I believe they wanted $22 for 5 pills (50mg each).  You should check your pharmacy though and see if it has a perscription savings card like thing.  Mine did and it cut the cost in half.  I'm not sure the cost of office visits or u/s sorry.  Good luck!

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Registered: 07-13-2001

Oh wow! I was prescribed clomid in november last year( Im 32, DH is 44)... didnt get any follow up while taking it.... my obgyn said if it doesnt work within 6 cycles, to call and come in and see her again.... Im in Canada.... so not sure if thats normal or not....  and my insurance didnt cover the cost of the clomid...

Good luck to both of you with it!!

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Registered: 07-13-2001

wow!!! clomid is expensive where I live!! I was on 100mg, which they dont make, so I needed 10 pills... think they were close to $7.50 a pill! ( not complaining, just saying lol. its obviously worth it, if it works for you..)

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