Clomid is a name for one of the kinds of the fertility drug. Sometimes Clomiphene citrate can be sold under the other name Serophene. Clomid, clomiphere citrate, Serophene – each of these names means the same medicine.
Clomiphene citrate is one of the most well-known and popular fertility drugs. If you are trying to get pregnant and you have some problems with it, this fertility drug is commonly used to induce ovulation, as a result to increase your chances of having a baby. The other reason of popularity of Clomid is the way of its using (you just take a pill, no injections). A chance of having any side effects is quite low, in comparison with other fertility drugs this one is pretty low-priced. The main thing is that it really works in stimulating ovulation nearly 85% of the time.
Of course, if you are having problems in getting pregnant, you should think about talking to a doctor and just then decide what medicine should be taken.
When Clomid can be used? Clomid can be used when you have some problems with ovulation. If your problem is blocked fallopian tubes, this fertility drug will not help you. There is no point in stimulating ovulation - sperm and the egg can’t meet in blocked tubes. Clomid should be tried first, when a woman has anovulatory (no ovulation during menstruation) or irregular cycles.
Also this fertility drug is used in cases of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), when your infertility is unexplained, or in cases when a couple doesn’t want to use any of more expensive fertility treatments (IVF, far example). Sometimes clomiphere citrate can be taken during Intrauterine insemination procedure (IUI) and in rare cases during IVF. During IVF injectable ovulation drugs are more frequently used.
In what way Clomid should be taken? You should follow all the directions of your doctor. Usually, 50 mg of Clomid is a common dosage. When 50mg doesn’t help a woman, her doctor will increase the medication for a successive cycle. It will be according to his or her judgment. You might think that more medicine is for better result, but 150 mg or above can make conception even more difficult.
Lots of people wonder what the best time of having sex is while taking Clomid. Actually, it doesn’t differ much of getting pregnant without any fertility drugs. As you know, the best time of having sex for pregnancy is 1 to 2 days before woman’s ovulation.
What about side effects of Clomid?
The risk of multiples is the most familiar side effect. If you take Clomid there is a 10% chance of becoming a mother of twins. In rare cases, just 1%, you can have triplets or multiples. That’s why your dosage should start from the lowest dose 50 mg.
Another side effect is hot flashes. You may fell extremely warm in a sudden way. Also you can have abdominal and bloating discomfort, weight gain, nausea and dizziness, headaches, abnormal menstrual bleeding or breast tenderness. So you should follow all your doctor’s advices to have a good result and less side effects.
Remember, if a woman decides to use clomifene therapy, she should have a pregnancy test before. A woman shouldn’t forget to inform her doctor about all her side effects. Stop using this medicine if you have an allergic reaction. It is forbidden to use Clomid if you are pregnant, have liver disease or different types of cancer which depends on hormones for growth.
Is Clomid successful? Clomid improves ovulation in 80% of the patients. In 40-45% of cases a woman will get pregnant within 6 cycles of using Clomid. It is not recommended to continue the taking of this fertility medicine after passing of 6 cycles. In this way you should think about other alternatives.