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A Journey (part 5) --- Clomid

11 March 2014

I'm still playing catch-up on our journey towards expanding our family. If you haven't read parts 1-4 yet, you can do so by clicking here.  Today, I am going to copy and paste two entries below that I wrote back in October and November of 2013. *Note this was three months after my last "journey" post*


Today is October 26, 2013...  Today was my first day of my first round of the fertility drug, Clomid! I talked to my OB on the phone, and he told me it would be okay to take it now, even though I recently had surgery. I didn't think he was going to let me take it, so I am extra happy now! I've been waiting several months to begin taking this medication. I feel like we are finally going somewhere! Also, my OB said our chances of having twins increases with this medication, and the thought of twins makes me a little gitty (I would love to have twins, but of course would be just as happy with one baby :)

I'm so excited to be taking this! My doctor told us that 80% of his patients (that have had difficulty conceiving) that take this, become pregnant within the first 3 months.  I hope I fall in that 80%!


Today is November 21, 2013.   I received a voicemail from my doctor's office with the results of my blood work that I had done last week to test my progesterone levels. Progesterone levels after ovulation should be 10-12 or higher to have a successful chance at getting pregnant. My progesterone level was 21.5!!! So basically the medication did its job- and now we have to wait to see if it will also result in a pregnancy.

Oh and I also wanted to note my side effects from taking Clomid: severe hot flashes, dizzy spells, and the one I hate the worst- severe abdominal bloating (and when I say abdominal bloating I mean I haven't gained any weight, but my stomach is so big I can't button my pants and there is a decent sized bump poking out through my shirts that has a few people questioning me if I'm pregnant- I wish! ...and I guess we'll find out tomorrow if I am. Today is CD 29. Tomorrow, I'm going to POAS! 


Today is November 22, 2013 BFN (big fat negative)- that was the result of the pregnancy test that I took this morning. I'm not really surprised, but I am shocked. Does that make sense? Let me explain. Negative pregnancy test results after a year and a half of trying.... don't surprise me anymore; I'm used to it. However, I am shocked. This just became real to me- something is definitely wrong :(

Before today I thought (hoped) that maybe my hormone levels were a little off- a (relatively) easy fix for most people- nothing a little medication can't fix. So I took the fertility medication, and it worked- I had perfect hormone levels. However, I'm still not pregnant. So, this might mean that my Endometriosis is playing a bigger role in our secondary infertility than I thought.

I'm thinking that I'm going to either need surgery to fix whatever is wrong, and/or I'm going to need to see a fertility specialist to get pregnant using a method such as and IUI or even maybe *gulp* IVF.

What happens next? Another month of Clomid and the HSG test. I'm terrified of having that test done. Not only because it is going to be stressful finding out if there is something blocking my fallopian tubes, but also I've heard it is extremely painful. I would say "wish me luck" but actually by the time you are reading this it will be long done and over with. I'm getting the feeling I will be sharing this journey to expanding our family with you all soon though.

Also, I saw this the other day, and loved it. Watch it, if you have a few minutes.

I know that our Heavenly Father has perfect timing, and if he says we need to wait longer- then that is what we will do.

Current day Char here- Oh Clomid, Clomid, Clomid. I don't miss you. Been there, done that!


  1. 3rd month on clomid worked for us....but that HSG test was the worst pain of my life! Ugh....I hope yours wasn't as bad.

    1. That's awesome that it worked for you!

      Ughh yes, that HSG test was the WORST! I'll post about that in the next journey post ;)

  2. I am moving onto round 3 as soon as AF arrives so maybe round 3 will be the charm. So far I really haven't had any bad side effects and it is doing it's job so hopefully in the next round or two it will work again :) I can't wait to hear the rest of your story!

  3. Oh Char, I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this. My sister has really bad Endometriosis, and with each of her kids had to have surgery to clean it out, took clomid, and did IUI's every month for about 6 months each time. What a pain it all is, but hopefully it will work and then of course it's all worth it!

  4. The HSG was far from fun, but it didn't bother me too bad. However, the saline sonogram procedure I had was THE worst! We will be starting the journey of TTC #2 soon too, I hope! Praying for you!


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