The majority of this sites purpose is to help increase chances getting pregnant no matter what stage of fertility you are in. Whether you are completely fertile and are beginning your journey, or if you have been dealing with infertility issues. My goal is to inform you on the possibilities you have to increase chances getting pregnant with fertility medication, fertility monitors, ovulation predictor kits, and even natural fertility boosting foods and supplements. So today I thought I would introduce a medication and a method that we decided to try when trying to conceive.
After our 21 week loss we really didn’t know where to begin when it came to getting pregnant. It was like I had to learn the human reproductive system and how it worked all over again. We were told to wait until nine months after the process before trying to get pregnant again. So as you can imagine, I was so anxious to feel a baby kicking and moving in my stomach all over again.
Once our time was up and we were ready to try again, we have trouble predicting ovulation. I am not going to lie, I honestly had no clue on how to read the strips. I could never tell if my lines were dark enough or if I actually ovulated. I think this doctor felt so sorry for our loss, that he didn’t even suggest I start charting my basal body temperature. He just jumped to “have you heard of Clomiphene Citrate?” It is commonly referred to as Clomid and I will do so throughout the post. Surprisingly, I had not heard of them or don’t recall so I anxiously wanted to hear more.
Clomid is an inexpensive fertility drug that can help some women with irregular cycles ovulate, for unexplained infertility, and for male factor fertility problems. I say some, because nothing is guaranteed. It works by blocking estrogen levels in your hypothalamus in order to trigger other hormones (like LH and FSH) to be released. You begin taking Clomid in for five days in the beginning of your cycle.
Most common days that I have seen are cycle days 3 to 7 and 5 to 9 (but there are other days as well. I have heard that taken it on certain days will either grow your eggs or create more. However, the research is out on that and it really comes down to the doctors preference.
While Clomid didn’t work for me, I know it works for a lot of couples. I think my problem with Clomid is that I was unaware of how it really worked and what it did to your body.
While on Clomid, I was monitored closely to track ovulation and to confirm that it was in fact near. The doctor thought it would be a good idea to do an Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
An Intrauterine Insemination is the process of which the sperm is placed inside the uterus. This is increases the amount of sperm by helping them not have to travel as far to reach their goal! It can be used due to low mobility, low count, and even just plain old unexplained infertility. It cost much less and is less invasive than IVF. Unless you have the money laying around for IVF, I would recommend this as a first stop.
In addition to the IUI, your physician may even recommend an hCG trigger shot to accurately time ovulation. This is because once the sperm has been injected, they typically can only survive 4 to 6 hours. Sperm can survive in the right environment (cervical mucous) for up to five days. However, once they have been given a head start by being injected into the uterus, they are able to travel through it in all be gone within 4 to 6 hours. So typically, you will get an hCG trigger shot, and my office waited 36 hours to do the IUI. This process still didn’t work for me, but I have a pretty good idea why.
Clomid has a tendency to dry up your cervical mucous and even when doing the intrauterine insemination, the sperm still have to travel some of the way. This condition is known as Hostile Cervical Mucous. When my doctor mentioned this to me, I wanted to laugh. It just seemed like maybe there was a warzone going on down there and no man was making through!!! In all reality, that is pretty much what was going on. However, there are things you can do to improve this condition. I just wish my doctor informed me prior to doing a couple of rounds.
If you are taking Clomid, you can take guaifenesin the week before you are going to ovulate. If you aren’t being monitored and won’t exactly know, I would start taking it a couple days after you finish your round. Just like it does the mucous in your chest, it loosens the mucous in your cervix making it a lot more friendlier to travel though. You can find this ingredient in Robutussin, Mucinex, or really any cough syrup. However, do not get the kind that has DM (i.e. Robitussin DM). DM is Dextromethorphan and it is a cough suppressant that counteracts the effects of the guaifenesin. I so wished I would’ve a known that.
Two other things that I recommend are Preseed and FertilCM.
PreSeed is a trying to conceive friendly lubricant that you can insert prior to doing the deed. I never used as much as they recommend, but it is well worth the purchase when trying to conceive.
FertilCM is a supplement you take everyday just to provide a more pleasant (less hostile) environment in your vaginal area. So if you aren’t taking Clomid and have been diagnosed, this supplement could work for you. Both PreSeed and FertilCM can be used together because with any supplement, it could take at least 3 months to notice any changes.
I do stand by Clomid, but with any drugs, there are side effects. The most common side effects include: increase rate for multiple babies, Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, and visual disturbances. I happened to experience the visual disturbances especially at night. I didn’t realize that this was the root, but everything returned to normal once I completed the round. As always, do your research, speak to your doctor and baby dust to you! Please feel free to ask me any questions!