There are various causes of infertility, one of them being a lack of ovulation in women. A woman with infrequent or absent periods has a problem ovulating. Clomiphene citrate or Clomid is a very safe and effective fertility medication, which helps induce ovulation in such anovulatory women, thereby increasing their chances of becoming pregnant. Read on for answers to the 5 most frequently asked questions.
1. What is Clomid?
are various causes of infertility, one of them being a lack of ovulation
in women. A woman with infrequent or absent periods has a problem ovulating. Clomiphene citrate or Clomid is a very safe and effective fertility medication,
which helps induce ovulation in such anovulatory women, thereby increasing
their chances of becoming pregnant.
2. Does Clomid have
any side effects?
Yes, Clomid does have a few minor side effects, which include hot flashes, blurry vision, migraines and breast
discomfort. Clomid also causes a decrease in fertile cervical fluid at
the time of ovulation. Thankfully, Clomid has no long-lasting side
effects. Often when women experience breakthrough bleeding they dismiss
it as a symptom of Clomid. Breakthrough bleeding is NOT a common side effect,
so if you
experience it when on Clomid, it's
best to discuss this with your gynaecologist.
3. For how long can
I use Clomid?
Clomid is an effective medication,
and around 75% percent of women who get pregnant when on Clomid, do so
within the first four to six months. If a woman does not get pregnant by
this time, it is advisable she consults with her gynaecologist. She should
not prolong the medication without a consultation. If a woman does not
get pregnant within a year, it is advisable that she discontinue Clomid.
Rarely are women prescribed Clomid for over a year - and if they are, they
are closely monitored.
4. I am ovulating,
but am unable to conceive. We don't know the reason of infertility. Can
I still take Clomid?
When everything else seems normal
- ovulation, regular menses, high sperm count - but the couple are still
unable to conceive for some reason, it is called unexplained infertility.
Clomid has been prescribed in these cases at times - but has proved to
be ineffective. In fact, taking Clomid when it is not required may decrease
the woman's chances of conceiving. Clomid has an anti-estrogen effect,
which may cause thickening of the cervical lining,inhibiting the entry
of sperm. It may also cause thinning of the uterine lining, preventing
the sperm from implanting.
5. Can I take Clomid
Clomid is a drug which is still undergoing
various tests. It has proven to be effective in anovulatory women, and
its side effects are also few. However,whether it is safe for the baby
if taken by a nursing mother still has to be tested. While
there have been no negative reports, there is still no guarantee of its
safety. Clomid is, after all, a drug, and it is best not to inject this
into the baby's system thorough breast milk. In addition, Clomid theoretically
reduces production of milk. (This doesn't always happen though.) In conclusion,
it's best to avoid Clomid if you are nursing. Ask yourself a few questions:
Do you really need to take Clomid when nursing? Is it possible to wait
a while before trying to conceive again? Can you start your child on solids?
Is your child being exclusively breastfed? Weigh the pros and cons before
coming to a decision.
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