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Monday, February 28th 2011, 7:42pm

When clomid doesn't work

Hi all

Only joined this at the weekend - currently on the books for RFC @ Royal in Belfast.

I'm 27, DH & I lost 2 babies last yr, had a D&C and was put on clomid for 2 months - it didnt work so consultant at Ulster Clinic said to stop as if 2cycles failed to work it wasn't going to at which point he referred me to RFC. I have been seen twice -and fobbed off twice being told that i'm only young . . . yes young and unable to have the only thing i have ever wanted in my life.

No tests have been carried out by RFC and I haven't ovulated for the last 7months but nobody is trying anything else.

I dont know what the plans are from the RFC as nobody will tell me .

Has anyone else been taken off clomid after such a short time and are there any alternatives i could demand?

The GP has been giving me northisterone to take monthly to clear away the lining of my womb however just finished 2 doses & still no bleed so i dont know whats happening there!.

My head is all over the place and my family keep saying not to think about it . . . so easy when not going through it!!

I'm not expecting a quick fix but I would just like an idea of what the RFC are likely to try and timescales




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Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 6:35pm

HI vml178 and welcome to :FZ:

Normally they try clomid for 6 months. What do you mean by 'it didn't work'? You didn't get pregnant or you didn't produce any follicles?

Did they scan you while on clomid? Did they test your progesterone to see if you ovulate? Why do you need to clear your lining away? Isn't northisterone a form of progesterone? Have you checked that you are not pregnant as you are not bleeding?

Clomid works if you ovulate while you take it.

I was given clomid because after my first ectopic pregnancy I stopped ovulating and my period was all over the place.
I tried clomid and it did work, meaning I made lots of follicles, I ovulated but didn't get pregnant. Because of this they did a laparoscopy and dye test which showed I had adhesions and a blocked tube. They did another operation to remove the adhesions and then got referred to the IVF clinic as I was 35 and had 1 blocked tube.

I would write some questions down and go and see your GP again so you can be referred back to the specialist, as only a doctor can really advise on this stuff.
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Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 7:45pm

Hi and welcome to FZ.

I agree with Maria, it would be helpful to know what you mean when you say that you were taken off it because it didn't work. What other fertility tests have you had? Has your partner has his sperm tested?

I know there are often lower age limits for going down the IVF route (my PCT's lower age was 36 when it was a potential route for us) but there are other things that they could try in the meantime, especially in terms of inducing ovulation if that is known to be your main issue.


ttc since July 06. 8 cycles of clomid. BFP on cycle 5 (Dec 07) ended in m/c at 9.5 weeks. Second BFP on cycle 8 (May 08)



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Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 8:39pm


I agree with what Maria and Bubble have said.

2 cycles is not a lot at all. Especially as there are 3 different dosages to try.

You may be too young (in their eyes) for procedures like IVF but that doesn't mean that they can't do other things. Where I am there is no IVF at all, but they do offer things like clomid, and ovarian drilling. Other areas even offer injectibles after clomid fails to produce any follicles.

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Tuesday, March 8th 2011, 10:18am


I had 6 cycles with Clomid in 2010 which unfortunately didn't work for me. However, I have since found out that if you have regular cycles and are ovulating on your own (which I was) my clinic does not now offer Clomid anymore as there are no real benefits to it.

I totally understand your frustration at being told that 'you are only young' as I'm only 28 myself. How long have you been ttc?

I can't believe that they haven't carried out any tests to find out why you are not ovulating. Also, they may think that you are too young for IVF but there are other things to try, IUI for one with drugs to promot folicle growth and ovulation. I would also suggest you speak to them about a higher dose of Clomid if you are on the lowest dose at the moment as you aren't ovulating and I sincerely think that Clomid will work for you.


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