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July 21st, 2008, 08:36 AM
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We've been TTC for 5 months. Went to the OB last week for an annual check-up. He gave me a prescription for Fertomid, a generic of Clomid.

I just wanted to know if he shouldn't have done any tests before prescribing it? He said there is no way to tell if I am ovulating or not. My temps and OPKs do look positive though. He said if the Fertomid does not work, we'll have to look at a SA for DH. Personally I'd prefer it if a SA can be done first before taking any meds. From what I've heard the meds can have some nasty side-effects, which I'm willing to go through if all else has been excluded. Plus the SA should be more pleasure than pain, right?

Also, does anyone know if taking Clomid increases one's risk for cancer? I asked the doc about the risks, he only mentioned twins

I guess I was a little uncomfortable with the doctor's approach, but it will be nice to know if anyone else have had concerns like this.
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July 21st, 2008, 05:24 PM
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I definately think you dr should have done some tests! And, I agree with you about the SA for your DH. If that is where the problem is, it saves you a lot of trouble. Also, your dr is incorrect about not being able to tell if you O'd. They could do a progesterone test 7 DPO and the results of that test should tell you if you O'd. I think it is also important to do some diagnostic tests to find out why are aren't getting pregnant before taking any medication.

As far as your question about cancer...I have read many studies that state there is not an increased risk...although Clomid should only be taken for a certain number of cycles.
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July 21st, 2008, 06:27 PM
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Honey, your doctor is not inspiring much confidence in me, either, although I know that some docs go straight to Clomid and then test (sort of a process of elimination).

Telling you he can't test for O worries me (Andrea's absolutely right - a simple progesterone blood test can answer this question easily enough) and if your DH has MFI, Clomid alone may simply be a waste of your time. My DH has low count, low motility and poor morphology so we had to go with Clomid and IUI. Since you can only take Clomid for a certain number of cycles (and there can be some aggravating side effects), it would be heartbreaking to get your hopes up month after month only to find out these two issues have been the problem all along.

to you, hon! I hope when you take the Clomid, you get your straight away. Good Luck!!
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July 23rd, 2008, 06:44 PM
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My DR would not give me Clomid without running some tests first. We have gone through 2 months of labs and test. We will start clomid next month.
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July 23rd, 2008, 06:58 PM
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If your doctor told you there's no way to tell that you ovulated, run. He's not a very good doctor IMO. As the other girls have mentioned a simple blood test will confirmed whether you are ovulating or not. I would definitely consult a different doctor if I were you.

Best of luck, and keep us posted!
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