Clomid and Failed Surgery- TTC Update
If you aren't already aware, my husband and I have been trying to conceive (TTC) since October last year. So far, we haven't had much success due to a medical condition I suffer from- PCOS. You can read more about that here and here.
In March I had a surgical procedure called Ovarian Drilling which aimed to help correct PCOS by drilling small holes into the ovaries. I was told that this had a 50/50 chance of working but since I was having a laparoscopy, I figured I would give this a try too.
After not having a menstrual cycle for over 2 months after the procedure, I knew something wasn't quite right. Low and behold, upon meeting with my specialist and having an ultrasound, my ovaries were still full of follicles. The surgery didn't work.
My doctor didn't hesitate to get me straight onto fertility treatment.
Because we haven't yet been trying for a year, I can't see a fertility clinic meaning that my gynaecologist is limited to what they can prescribe me. I was prescribed a drug called Clomid.
Clomid is a lower grade fertility drug which is commonly used for women with fertility issues. It communicates with the anterior pituitary gland in the brain, resulting in the release of hormones, thus stimulating ovulation (nps.org.au)
Due to the nature of the drug, side effects should be expected. These vary between individuals and include:
- hot flushes
- spotting between menstruation
- nausea and/or vomiting
- breast discomfort
- spells of dizziness
The chances of experiencing an ectopic pregnancy or twins is higher when taking Clomid.
I began Clomid almost immediately after leaving my appointment. My doctor prescribed me 100mg (the standard is 50mg) because my condition is severe. I take it for 5 days and then have a break until the first day of bleeding, which will hopefully happen within 28-35 days of taking the first tablet.
The first side effect I experienced was a slight headache and dizzy spells. The dizzy spells only came when I moved abruptly, such as in dance class or picking something up off the floor. These stuck around for three days.
A lesser side effect I experienced was hot flashes. I only had 5 or 6 altogether.
The first few nights I found it more difficult to fall asleep, resulting in me being tired the next day. But, apart from fatigue, my emotions were in no way affected.
It needs to be said that these were just the side effects I experienced. Every individual is different and will respond to medication differently. Some women are fortunate enough to not experience any side effects while others suffer severely.
It is too early yet to tell if this round of Clomid was successful in helping me conceive. I will try to remain positive, even if I don't fall this month. If I get a period in the desired time, then it's an indicator that Clomid has done what it is supposed to.
If my period never arrives and I am not pregnant, I need to go back to my doctor who may discuss other options with me.
Of course, I am scared and anxious of the unknown. I try to remain optimistic but it is is tiring both mentally and physically.
Some days, my only comfort is knowing that there are incredible medical interventions out there that this will help, no matter how much it takes.
Through it all my husband remains by my side, reassuring me that one day we will be parents. We may just have to fight harder for it than others do.