More on Clomid

If you are ttc or have friends who are ttc, you probably know of someone who is currently taking Clomid to help them become pregnant.

What is Clomid and why take it? Clomid is a medication that has been prescribed by doctors for 35 years and is taken orally to help balance the hormones that are responsible for ovulation. Usually, women take Clomid for 5 days during their monthly cycle. During this time, the Clomid encourages the pituitary gland to increase its release of FSH and LH. When this happens the ovarian follicles begin to grow, and it’s these follicles that house the eggs! If all goes well, after taking Clomid, women ovulate naturally and consistently each month!

Doctors will probably only have a woman take Clomid for 6-8 ovulation cycles, since at that point it is probable that the hormone is not going to be effective for the woman to become pregnant. At this point, doctors would probably point the woman in the direction of an IUI or a different medication.

One question that many women have when their doctors suggest that they begin taking Clomid is whether or not the drug can be harmful to the baby in any way. Fertility specialists from the Mayo Clinic reassure women that no, if you are taking Clomid as part of your ttc plan, it will not harm your baby’s health.

With the current research showing that women who use medical intervention to help them conceive having a slightly higher chance of having a baby with birth defects than those who conceive naturally, fertility specialists want women to know that it is not because of the use of fertility medications such as Clomid.

There are potential side effects for those taking Clomid however. Among them are moodiness, headaches, hot flashes and temporary problems with vision. And in some cases, women may actually be too sensitive to the hormone and it will cause her ovaries to become over-stimulated and enlarged. The good news is that all these side effects go away as soon as you stop taking the hormone!

So if you are one of the many women who are taking Clomid, or are planning to in the near future, be hopeful and excited because the hormone does work to regulate ovulation in 80 percent of women. And better yet, about 50 percent of those with successful ovulation using Clomid, will go on to have a healthy pregnancy within 6 cycles!!!

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