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How long does it take to concieve on clomid, with sluggish ovulation and one blocked tube?

By March 27, 2009 - 12:17pm
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I have a blocked fallopian tube and my fertility doctor says my hormone levels are a small bit below what they should be for ovulation to occur so she has prescribed me clomid. How long does it take to concieve on it? What is the % risk for multiple births on it? Any side effects and birth defects?

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Hey Ashie,

I have the same problem as you and have just been precribed Clomifene. I was wondering if you have managed to concieve since this post last year?

August 13, 2010 - 5:09am
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I had vanishing twin syndrome, and I believe it was because I was taking clomid. I got pregnant on my fourth month of clomid (after two months, the doc. upped me levels).

March 27, 2009 - 3:08pm
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Can you explain what "vanishing twin syndrome" is?

March 29, 2009 - 6:26am

According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM),
"Clomiphene will induce ovulation in about 80% of properly selected patients. About 40% to 45% of couples receiving clomiphene citrate will become pregnant within six cycles."

Clomid sounds like it has the highest success rate of all fertility medications, and works by increasing FSH (appropriately named follicle stimulating hormone), which stimulates the development of ovarian follicles (that contain eggs). As the follicles grow, estrogen is secreted, which then stimulates the pituitary and releases LH (luteinizing hormone), which in turn causes the egg to be released from the mature follicle in a process called ovulation. Just in case you wanted to know how it works, in my very over-simplified version!

According to ASRM, "Women who conceive with clomiphene have approximately a 10% chance of having twins. Triplet and higher order pregnancies are rare (<1%), but may occur"

There are side effects associated with taking Clomid, including:
- lushing (feeling of warmth)
- upset stomach
- vomiting
- breast discomfort
- headache
- abnormal vaginal bleeding

According to MedlinePlus, you should tell your doctor if any of these above symptoms are severe.

You can read more about Clomid and Infertility Drugs at these Sources:
1) Medications for Inducing Ovulation: A Guide for Patients. American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
(Clomid discussion begins on page 7 of the pdf book)

2) Medline Plus Clomid Drug Fact Sheet

3) Women's Health. Gov Infertility Fact Sheet

4) American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Treating Infertility online patient education pamphlet

I hope this helps to answer your questions. Please let us know if you need any more information! Good luck!

March 27, 2009 - 2:19pm
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