What is Clomid and How Does it Work?

Last updated on Sep 02, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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What is Clomid and How Does it Work?

Thinking about being prescribed Clomid? Find out all about clomid, from cost, to usage, to side effects and success rates.

Today we are going to tackle the topic of Clomid. Whether you are taking it, have taken it in the past, or are just curious as to what exactly Clomid is, read on to learn more! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What Is Clomid?

Clomid is probably the most well known of all fertility drugs. It is the brand name for the drug clomiphene citrate, and is also sold under the brand name Serophene. Clomid is the most widely and commonly used of all fertility drugs. Clomid is used when there are problems with ovulation, such as ovulating irregularly or not at all. It is also used for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Clomid is usually the first choice when prescribing fertility medication.

How Is Clomid Used?

Clomid is usually taken orally, in pill form. It is easy to take and usually tolerated well. You take Clomid during one five day cycle each month. Clomid will help your body produce more of the hormones that trigger ovulation, and helps your body to produce one or more mature eggs. When those eggs are released, they have a chance to meet up with a healthy sperm and cause conception.

Any Side Effects? What about twins?

Clomid has very few side effects as far as fertility treatments go. The side effects are usually mild, and can include mild stomach pain, breast tenderness, nausea and vomiting, weight gain, fatigue, etc. If you are trying to get pregnant, these are minor Clomid side effects since they are also symptoms of a healthy pregnancy as well. However, there is one very well known side effect of Clomid. The chance of having twins while on Clomid increases to around 10%. Still not a huge chance, but a bigger chance than normal.

How Much Does It Cost?

In the USA, one round of Clomid treatments will run around $50. This is the cost without insurance for only one cycle. You will also have to factor in the cost of the doctor’s visits, ultrasounds, tests, etc. If you have insurance coverage, it may or may not pay for some or all of Clomid treatment. You will have to check with your insurance company to make sure.

Success Rate?

Clomid has a track record of being one of the most successful fertility medications. About 80% of patients will begin ovulating successfully while on Clomid. The rate of women who get pregnant while taking Clomid is around 40-45%, within six cycles of use. It is not usually recommended that Clomid be used for more than six cycles. This is the point when other fertility methods will probably be started if you have not had success with Clomid by this point. If you have any additional questions or concerns about Clomid, talk with your physician.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

  • namikoscott

    hi good day i have been on clomid 150gm or two months and i had pregnyl 5000 iu and still did no get pregnat i had an hsg down and everthing is good my boy even had a sperm test and everthing is good so what nexts

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Clomid is recommended to try for about 6 months before seeking other fertility drug options, the next choice usually being the gonadotropin injectables. But continue on with your Clomid regime under your doctor’s supervision for a few more months first.

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  • kurlyvivi

    hello…. i am 22 years old and me and my fiance have been ttc for a lil over a year now.. my gynecologist prescribed clomid…. this was my first cycle on clomid my fertile days were between 2,3,4 of December a couple days after i started getting pain in my pelvis area every time i walked or coughed or sometimes even while driving and went over a speed bump i would feel the pain, i took 2 home pregnancy tests and 1 of them showed no results while the other was negative… i then went to see my home doctor and he did a urine test on my bladder, when he got back my results he told me that my bladder is perfectly fine but that i might be pregnant so he gave me a referral letter to have an ultra sound done by my gynecologist, so i did… after having it done he then told me that my uterus is really thick and showed me all these white cells… he told me that is either my period will be coming down really heavy or im pregnant but to early detect on the 25th of December i have to do a home pregnancy test again to get me some accurate results…. but meanwhile im desperate for answers 🙁 i am still feeling the lil pain every now and again… anyone out there having this same problem ?

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  • Laurie

    Is it possible to get pregnant while taking Clomid? is it possible to get pregnant on your 5th pill of clomid?

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