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am i pregnant or is it side effects?

By June 24, 2009 - 10:13pm
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I have been taking Metformin 500mg 3x/day and Clomiphene Citrate 50mg for five days. I just started the medication during this month, June 5.I was never diagnosed with PCOS. However, when I am stressed i'll miss my period and i've been having troubles getting pregnant for over two years. I recieved my period or what I think was my period on the 11th of June. it usually come on the 13th. I had cramps, although not painful like they usually are. But, my period was strange. Brown discharge came down instead of red blood and i am usually VERY heavy. It was light and Brown for close to three days. then some blood came down for about 1 day and a half and then it stopped. Even after I finished my "period", I still had cramping. I get really tired and want sweets more than ever. I have an increase sexual drive. i get queezy from time to time off and on. Mostly when i'm hungry or after i finished eating. I get unbelievable heartburn. I am also bloated. Are all these symptoms of side effects or early pregnancy?

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Dear Diane,
I'm glad to hear that you are trying to conceive :) This is a tough question because some of your symptoms sound like you may be pregnant and some of them sound like possible side effects of the medications.
If you are pregnant, it was not as a result of your medications. 5 days is not enough time for the medication take effect and for you to show symptoms of pregnancy (such as cravings and increased sex drive). Sometimes, the bleeding that some people think is their period is actually something known as implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding occurs when an egg has been fertilized and implants into the lining of the uterus. The result of this is usually a small amount of pink to brown blood and normally occurs a few days prior to your expected period.
If you want peace of mind, head to your local drug store and purchase a pregnancy test. They are highly accurate and show immediate results. If you still have concerns, then your doctor can order a blood test for better accuracy.

Here are the more common side effects of both Metformin and Clomiphene Citrate.

feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
swelling or rapid weight gain; or
fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms.
Less serious side effects may include:
headache or muscle pain;
weakness; or
mild nausesa, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain.

Clomiphene Citrate:
Side effects include:
Abdominal discomfort, enlargement of the ovaries, hot flushes

Good Luck and PLEASE let us know if you have a BIG FAT POSITIVE :D

June 25, 2009 - 6:07am
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