Clomid Fertility Drug

on Sep 15, 2012

by Monica Scott

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Clomid is the most popular and widely prescribed fertility drug available. Find out what it is, how it works, what are its benefits, and possible side effects of this fertility drug.

The Clomid fertility drug is the most commonly used drug in the course of treatment for women with fertility problems. Clomid is the most well-known brand name under which clomiphene citrate, a selective estrogen receptor modulator, is marketed. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Advantages of Clomid

This drug is first line therapy for inducing ovulation and has proven its efficacy in over 80 percent of all cases. It is used to treat women with irregular cycles, unovulating cycles and women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. Because Clomid comes in the form of a pill, it is easy to use and not as expensive as other fertility drugs.

How does Clomid work?

The Clomid fertility drug works by inhibiting the estrogen receptors in the hypothalamus, thus ‘tricking the brain’ into believing the estrogen levels in the body are low. This triggers an increased production of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone), which in turn stimulate follicle development in the ovary. This process is called ovulation induction.

Treatment with Clomid

Clomid is initiated at a dose of 50 mg daily, for five days, starting on day 3, 4 or 5 of the cycle (day one being the onset of the woman’s period). If ovulation does not occur after a cycle of treatment, the dose can be increased. Clomid can be taken for up to six months or let’s call them six cycles, after which the treatment must be stopped for a short while. Ovulation usually occurs after 5 to 9 days after the woman has taken the last pill in the cycle. Women might ovulate and conceive in the first month of taking clomid, or it may take two to three months of treatment for them to start ovulating regularly.

Clomid side-effects

Clomid has side-effects that range from minor discomfort, to more serious medical issues. The ones that most women cite are weight gain, nausea, breast tenderness and hot flashes. A small percentage of patients subjected to the treatment with Clomid, also experience reversible alopecia, blurred vision or pelvic pain generated by a swelling of the ovaries. In more rare cases, women suffered from abnormal uterine bleeding. This is why Clomid should only be taken by medical prescription, and under medical supervision. Women who experience the more serious side-effects, should immediately see their doctor about them.

Who shouldn’t use Clomid?

It is very important to understand that a misuse of fertility drugs can have serious consequences for your health, and prior to starting a fertility treatment with Clomid, you need to undergo a set of tests to identify the exact cause for your infertility. While this drug can help women with irregular cycles, in women with no ovulatory issues or infertility symptoms, it can actually interfere with conception. Like most prescription meds, Clomid too shouldn’t be administered to patients suffering from liver-disease. It shouldn’t be taken during pregnancy, or if the patient suffers from ovarian cysts (since they might grow larger). Patients suffering from endocrine disorders or chronic illnesses are not allowed to take Clomid.

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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/niceymanicsic Eunice Ruth Manicsic

    ihave a mayoma can i take clomid fertility pills?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Myomas or fibroids can enlarge from the hormone changes brought about by Clomid, which is something you do not want to happen. It will be best for you to consult your doctor about your plans of conceiving with your condition so that you would have the best options available for your treatment and personal care.

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  • MattDavis

    i want to pregnant and i want to know how to get pregant

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    One of the best ways to get pregnant faster is to have sex 2-3 days before ovulation. Sperm can live in your body for about 5 days while the ovum can survive for about 24 hours so you may want to give your man’s sperm a head start to boost their chances of reaching the ovum on time. Having a healthy lifestyle, like eating right, exercising regularly, and a minimum exposure to stress, can help boost fertility as well.

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  • Chinwenwo onuegbu

    i have been trying to get pregnant but to no avail pls what should i do

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  • Chinwe_onuegbu

    what is the best month to be pregnant for a baby girl

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    For some women, conceiving can be as easy as tossing out their contraception, whether they’re working on their first baby or their fourth. For others, reaching the goal of fertilization becomes a nightly chore, a mad mating dance that revolves around ovulation kits, specific sexual positions, and, more and more commonly, a succession of fertility tests to help pinpoint possible problems. Here are my tips, first, have sex frequently. Secondly, figure out when you ovulate, most ovulation kits measure the level of luteinizing hormone (LH) one of the hormones that signals the ovaries to release an egg. Monitoring cervical mucus is another way to track ovulation. This method involves checking your secretions for a few months until you notice a pattern. You may need to chart your basal body temperature as well; it is useful for figuring out when you ovulate. Third, step up sex before ovulation. As soon as you pick up a hormonal surge, have sex that day, plus the next two days. Pregnancy rates peak two days before ovulation. And lastly, just enjoy because the most important thing to remember is to keep sex fun. Good luck!

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    According to statistical research, it is best that you conceive a girl during spring such as from the months of March to May. Given that there are no natural methods that guarantee you to conceive a girl; there are effective ways that can help you conceiving a girl. It is best that you avoid orgasms, deep-penetration intercourse and have sex 3-4 days before ovulation to increase your chances of conceiving a girl.

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  • Char

    I miss my periods for couple of months and it changes and can be late for as late as 6-8 months and when I do get them it’s light and can last 7-10 days. I have been trying to get pregnant for over a year already. What should I do?

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