How Does Clomid Help with Ovulation?

How Does Clomid Help with Ovulation?

One of the most common fertility drugs that is used today is Clomid. It is a household name as far as fertility drugs are concerned. Clomid is one of the most effective fertility drugs on the market, but what exactly does Clomid do to help with fertility? Read on to find out all the details. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Clomid basics

Clomid’s role in fertility treatment is to jump start ovulation in women who are having trouble ovulating on their own. Clomid is great at inducing ovulation in many women. In fact, if a woman’s only fertility problem is a lack of ovulation, then most doctors say that a woman will most likely get pregnant within four to six months of beginning treatment.

What clomid does in the body

Clomid is similar to estrogen in its structure. Clomid works by attaching itself to the estrogen receptor sites in the brain. As a natural response to this, the body naturally releases more Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH). In turn, this causes the ovary to produce more eggs and follicles. This, in turn, will jump start ovulation. Pretty much, Clomid tricks your body into ovulating when it wouldn’t before. Usually, when women begin taking Clomid, their estrogen levels double or even triple what they were before treatment.

Clomid for other reasons

Clomid can also be effective for other fertility problems as well. Patients have seen success when using Clomid for irregular periods and for luteal phase defect as well. While traditionally Clomid is a ovulation helper, more and more doctors are starting to consider Clomid as a treatment option for other fertility related problems as well.

Clomid side effects

For the most part, Clomid is usually very well tolerated. It is one of the most well received fertility drugs on the market today. It is taken orally, so it is not invasive or painful to take. The most common side effects of Clomid actually mimic the symptoms of pregnancy, so they are usually not too bad. Some of the most common side effects are things like bloating, weight gain, fatigue, headaches, and breast tenderness. One side effect that Clomid has that can be an issue for women that are trying to conceive is that it can sometimes hurt the quality of a woman’s cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is very important for making sure that the sperm reaches the egg in a timely manner.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)