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Friday, July 28, 2006

Clomid Challenge... with updates...

Ok.. after all the responses to my Chic Fil A posts I have decided I do have to get back to the business of TTC talk. I do appreciate the responses and all of you have your rights to your opinions. I however can promise you that Mr. D. and I will not be feeding any children mushed up wet bananas from a dirty fast food table top... ever. He and I have literally had hours of conversation about this post and all the responses. So thank you... to people on both sides of the coin. And by the way.. I have never had 30 responses before... well 28 if you don't count my two... so I hope that those of you reading stick around.

As for TTC.... I started spotting on cd 38 & 39... it was very light and dark brown. I called the nurse and she insisted that I do a HPT... BFN. Today... for kicks I'll call it cd 1... AF was a little bit heavier and very dark brown... almost black. Anyone ever heard of this? I read online that clomid can make your cycles both longer and lighter soI am trying to just pretend everything is normal.

So... I have an appointment on Saturday morning to see my nurse and have an u/s.. to make sure everything is ok... and to start my "Clomid Challenge." I can't believe I never have heard of the Clomid Challenge test... Here is a link to explain it... I am sort of wondering why no one has ever done this test on me since 2 other doctors have put me on clomid with bad results. I will say that I have had my FSH and estridol levels checked in the past ( 2 years ago...) and they were fine... but I have never been tested while on clomid. So.. apparenty these blood tests and u/s will help the doctor evaluate the quality of my egg reserve and give us a little but more info on whaat is going on in there. The good news is they can also code this months clomid and testing as "checking for pre-menopause" so it won't have to come out of pocket... yet.

This is a big test... and combined with the freakish period I have been having I am a little worried. I will post tomorrow after the u/s.. but I obviously won't know the results of the entire test for a couple of weeks. Another reason I am nervous is that they have to double my clomid to 100mg a day for the test. Yikes.

Has anyone out there done this test? I would be interested to hear about your experiences.

Update: So I am having a fake period. This brown sludge stuff doesn't count as a menstrual cycle since after 4 days of spotting the u/s showed my uterine lining is still nice and thick and in tact (12 mm). So... provera here I come. My nurse said to expect a full period anytime within a day to 2 weeks and I am to call her when I am on day 2 of "a good bleed" to start the clomid challenge. I won't need to have another u/s since I had lots of little cysts in both overies (which is normal) and nothing is going to grow between now and having a period but I will still need the day 3 fsh blood test once we determine that I am having a real period. So... go on... tell me you provera stories. I haven't googled it yet... so I am not sure what to expect. Do tell...


Blogger One Mother's Journey said...

I just had my 4th failed Clomid cycle and my period was completely different while I was on it. Very light and only lasting a few days. That's opposed to being "can't leave the bathroom" heavy and lasting for what can only be described as eons. In fact, THAT is about the only good thing I encountered with Clomid. lol

I have heard of the Clomid challenge and I would definetly insist upon doing it if we ever do Clomid again. I'm glad your doctor is taking the time to do the test - there are too many docs that just keep on writing scripts for more and more Clomid without any testing.

Good luck!!

5:32 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

I'm glad to hear that this doctor is doing more for you. It seems like with all of the doctors that you have seen, one of them would have done this by now.

Try not to worry...I know that is easier said than done. It sounds like they are monitoring you close and that they are going to do everything they can to help you and Mr. D get the baby that you deserve.

I'll be checking back in to see how the u/s went.

Take care.

6:21 PM  
Blogger One Mother's Journey said...

I took Provera before I started Clomid - my periods were very irregular and I was bleeding/spotting more often than not. It did get me back on "schedule", I'd have to check my blog but I'm thinking it brought on my period like 7 days after I took the last pill. Now, 5 months later I'm having fairly regular cycles but I can't say for certain whether it was the Clomid or the Provera... or the combo of both.

The only think that they didn't tell me before taking it and I hadn't read anywhere was that Provera is the equivelant of a chemical D&C. Honestly, I had cramps as bad as when I was in labor...and horrific bleeding. I called the doctor and they told me that was completely normal and to take 600mg of Ibuprofen every 4 hours. That helped considerably with the bleeding but the cramps were horrible. I mentioned it to my pharmacist later and he laughed and said "yeah, I should of mentioned that". You think? Dickhead. I guess if you know that going in it's better and you can prepare for it - not knowing it was normal made me think I was dying. And I'm a drama queen anyway so it wasn't a good combo. lol.

On a happier note, I've since read that not everyone has the bad cramps and bleeding. Some people just have what they would normally consider a "normal" period.

Good luck.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Millie said...

Just wanted to wish you well on the clomid challenge. I'm not a big fan of clomid but the best thing probably is they will monitor you closely and should get lots of good info.

Good luck!

6:07 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Glad you will be trying something new. Hope you get good results and very soon. I was on provera after my lap and got my period about 2-3 days after I started.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Still praying for you, and reading almost every day...

5:25 AM  
Blogger Ally said...

I never did the clomid challenge test...but I do hope it gets easier for you...

Hopefully we'll talk soon.

:) Ally

5:49 AM  
Anonymous Catherine said...

I have taken provera six or seven times over the past two years to induce a period; I take the pills for 10 days, and typically start my period about 2 days after the last pill (but sometimes I start before I even get to the last pill). I don't notice that my periods are any different than they normally are. Sometimes the provera makes me a moody witch, but sometimes it seems to have no effect on my state of mind. Good luck!!

7:57 AM  
Blogger Piccinigirl said...

*been reading your blog for about 6 months now and I really like it*

I took the clomid challenge and I really believe it helps with moving forward. Even though I haven't gotten PG yet by taking Clomid, the testing helped us know that my progesterone problems were taken care of by 150 mg.
I too have very light (but still painful) periods on Clomid and it lenghtens my LP on average by about 5 days. I do not have PCOS or long cycles without it so I am convinced that sooner or later it will work.

GOOD LUCK with the test, I'll be checking back to see how you do.


9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am new the blog but I recently took the clomid challenge. I haven't been on clomid but am 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years. I went to see a fertility specialist and this is the first test she did. I didn't think it was bad at all. In fact I have been so wacked out hormonally I felt normal on the clomid. The only thing I did notice is that I didn't feel so hot the first couple of days but that went away. They did suggest I take the pills before bed and drink lots of water. I have not gotten my period since I took it so I think I am headed for Provera also...
The bad news is I got my results today and they are abnormal. Every thing I read on the internet states levels over 18 is bad yet my level was 23 and my doctor still wants to proceed with hormone shots and artificial insemination. Who knows. I still have to have a hysterogram before she will give her final treatment plan. Hope this helps and good luck.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Elkay said...

I am new to this blog and have a question... I took Prometrium (like Provera) for 10 days and haven't gotten my period yet - its now day 11 since I stopped taking it. Any ideas what this might mean??? I'm completely freaked out.


9:29 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Am 49 and want to have a baby. Spent way too many years with older, vasectomized man. Anyway,
too 100 mg of Clomid in August. No
problems whatsoever. Have never had any other experiences with hormones.
Anyway, am ovulating today (First
Response) and am scheduled for an
ultrasound and if all is well- AI
tomorrow. Am not on Clomid at this
time. If things don't come out as
expected, the next AI will be used in conjuction with Clomid.
What can I expect with the procedure? Is there anything I should do to prepare myself...
physically, psychologically, and emotionally for it?
Any comments will be welcomed.

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