premature for Clomid?

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Registered: 04-05-2004
premature for Clomid?
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Tue, 07-27-2004 - 11:03pm
I am 41, TTC since February 2004 in new marriage. Got immediately pregnant both tries (very lucky)but miscarried at 7 1/2 wks both times (Apr and July). First was likely a blighted ovum, 2nd measured about 5 1/2 wks w/o heartbeat at the 7 1/2 wk u/s. At my first ob appt prior to TTC, my regular MD gave me info re: fertility specialists and suggested i make an immediate appt. Since we hadn't even tried yet, we waited. Saw a different MD in the practice today after the 2nd miscarriage, and he gave me a prescription for Clomid. He didn't seem to know anything about my history before making that recommendation. No one has recommended any testing beyond the FSH and semen analysis we did before starting. I am having questions about my practice! The MD we saw today seemed to imply that my regular MD would likely not agree, so I should schedule my next visit with him, and he'd let her know "what we're up to."

This is a thriving and reputable clinic, and I know my clock is banging, but does this seem problematic to anyone? Thanks - susan

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Registered: 05-06-2004
Wed, 07-28-2004 - 2:50pm
Hi Susan,

I am sorry for your losses. I just turned 40 and we lost our baby at 5 and a half weeks also. I encourage you to get the book, The Infertility Cure and Inconceivable. Before I try again, I have gotten an exam by an acupuncturist and am taking herbs and changing my diet. I am taking the Clomid test next cycle and probably an HSG. Next week I am getting a uterine lining biopsy. This test is the one that matters most to me because it will tell me if the lining is enough to carry the baby once it implants and it will tell me if my progesterone is high enough. Clomid helps make your progesterone high enough if you get pregnant and I believe helps you ovulate. But, if you body is deficient in other areas according to the Infertility Cure, you might go on Clomid and have your cervical fluid dry up and have hot flashes which may make it difficult to conceive. Some people do the opposite on Clomid.

My strong feelings are that I do want another baby, but I cannot handle another loss. I know I cannot control if that would happen, but I want to be as healthy as I can first. One of the things I read in the book was how you can have a cold uterus. I definitely have that. If you feel the top of your abdomen, it should be warm like the bottom. Mine is warm at the top and very cold at the bottom where the uterus is. So, one of the things I am working on is to make that 'warm' again. And, I will make sure that when I start trying again, I will take baby aspirin each day and after ovulation immediately begin progesterone gel daily. I want to conceive naturally so I don't know what role Clomid will have for me. I know I need a plan and need a doctor who will really be a partner with me.

I would just suggest that you read these books and possibly take more time to get as healthy as you can. I actually flew to Houston to be examined by the partner of the author of the book. I guess that you have to follow you heart and listen to that inner voice inside....because that voice is God speaking to you. Just trust yourself.

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Registered: 04-05-2004
Wed, 07-28-2004 - 10:03pm
Thank you Mary - you gave me a lot to think about and follow up on...I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Susan
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Registered: 06-23-1999
Tue, 08-03-2004 - 6:53pm
Hi Susan,

I understand your frustration. I suffer from secondary infertility after 2 m/c (1 tubal pregnancy) and a premature daughter. My regular OB/GYN just handed out Clomid like candy; I later found out that it is quite unhealthy to take it for more than a few mos. I wasted 6 mos on the stuff with no success, just made me ill physically and emotionally. You need to find out if you are genuinely infertile and then you will know what to do. I got a new OB/GYN, she is awesome. She ran some tests, then sent me straight to a Reproductive Endocronologist (RE). They ran more thorough tests and also monitored me (with blood tests and ultrasounds) throughout 1 cycle to see if I actually ovulated.

Here's a few things that helped me and my friends:

-One swears by green tea. a cup of decaf each night.

-another started taking yoga to de-stress, got pregnant within a couple of mos.

-A GREAT book - 'Taking Charge of Your Fertility' by Toni Weschler (it is very informative, teaches you how to chart your ovulation signs - 3 friends read it and got pregnant the very first month!)

I wish you well!