Risks Of Taking Clomid

on Jan 20, 2013

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Although Clomid is one of the mildest and safest fertility drugs that there is on the market today, there are some risks to be aware of, from increased risk of cancer to hostile cervical mucus to mood swings.

What Is Clomid?

Clomid is probably the most well known and popular fertility drug on the market today. If a doctor thinks a woman has a fertility issue, Clomid is usually the first treatment method that is tried, and the first course of action. Clomid has a very high success rate and has been shown to boost or jump start ovulation in most of the women who use it. However, Clomid does have some risks that women need to be aware of before taking it. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Risk of multiples

One of the greatest “risks” associated with Clomid is the risk of a multiple birth. This is not always considered a risk, however. Most women who take Clomid view the possibility of a multiple birth as a blessing, not a curse. In fact, many women search the Internet to find out how to get pregnant with twins, so multiples would just be an added bonus for such as them. However, it is important to remember that Clomid does increase your chances of getting pregnant with twins or multiples.

Side effects

While not actually considered to be a “risk”, Clomid does have a few side effects that women should be aware of before taking. Most of the side effects of Clomid are mild, and often mimic the natural symptoms of pregnancy, so they are not seen as a big deal in most cases. Some of the most common side effects are weight gain, bloating, stomach problems, breast tenderness, migraines or other headaches, hot flashes, and other similar symptoms. Most of these symptoms are not horrible, but can be annoying or frustrating to deal with on a daily basis.

Hostile cervical mucus

Another “risk” or side effect of Clomid is that it produces hostile cervical mucus. Hostile cervical mucus can actually kill sperm on it’s way to the egg, instead of helping to protect it like it is supposed to. Hostile cervical mucus is usually not considered a “risk”, but more of a nuisance in trying to conceive. Your doctor can give you tips on how to improve your cervical mucus if you are taking Clomid.

Cancer risk

Some studies show that Clomid can put women at an increased risk for cancer. Doctors are not certain at this point whether or not Clomid does indeed cause an increased risk of cancer, but more research is being done on the subject currently. Just to be on the safe side, women are not usually given Clomid for more than six cycles. This is because doctors think that after six cycles, a woman could possibly have an increased risk for cancer.

Clomid is safe

For the most part, doctors believe that Clomid is one of the mildest and safest fertility drugs that there is on the market today. This is why Clomid is usually prescribed first, before other harsher drugs are tried. At this time, most doctors think Clomid is extremely safe and works wonderfully in most cases. If you have concerns or worries about the risks associated with Clomid, be sure to talk those concerns over with your doctor before beginning treatment.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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    I’m 41 and am going to try to get pregnant..my last ob gyn appt. for my yearly exam.My doctor told me I had a lot of cervical mucous must of been ovualting. and she said that I still was very fertile because there was so much..how else can I conceive healthy..ive had no trpouible before have three children already..

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