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About Clomid - An Overview
Clomid is a non steroidal prescribed fertility drug. It is commonly administered as the first medication by doctors when treating unexplained infertility or an-ovulation. Clomid has the generic name of clomiphene citrate. Also, Clomid is a brand name given to the fertility drug sold under the name Serophene. Whichever version of drug you are taking, it is still the same medication. Clomid is also rather inexpensive when compared to other drugs in the fertility market.
Find Out How Clomid Works
Clomid works by helping stimulate the increase in the amount of hormones that support ovulation (the process by which a mature egg grows and is released). However, Clomid is not recommended to be used by women who have ovarian failure or primary pituitary failure - where the ovaries no longer can make eggs properly.
The Proper Way Of Taking Clomid
Clomid should be taken upon the doctor’s prescription, as each doctor may follow a different protocol. The most common recommended dosage is at 50 mg and is to be taken for 5 days - including days 3 through 7; or days 5 through 9 of your cycle.
The day one of the menstrual cycle will be taken as the first real menstrual bleeding. If your doctor prescribes a different protocol than your friend, it is should not cause you to be concerned. Success rates of ovulation and pregnancy have been similar whether you take the drug on day 2, 3, 4, or 5.
In case the 50 mg doesn’t produce adequate results, your medication may be increased by the doctor. Or you may be prescribed 50 mg once again to give it another go. You may think that taking a higher dosage will give you a better chance at conception - however, this is not always the case. Sometimes a high dosage like 150 mg. can cause conception to be more difficult.
Clomid Success Rate
Clomid is also effectively known to stimulate ovulation nearly 80% of the time. Moreover, between 40-45 percent of women taking this drug becomes pregnant within 6 cycles of use. However, it is not recommended to use Clomid for more than 6 cycles.
Side Effects Of Clomid
Side effects of Clomid are usually not as bad when compared to other fertility drugs. There have been no recorded serious side effects associated with taking Clomid. Though, there are some common side effects - these would normally go away a few days or weeks after treatment. A few common side effects are included below:
- breast tenderness
- hot flashes
- mood swings
- stomach upset
- headache or dizziness
- abdominal/pelvic fullness
While taking Clomid, it is advised not to get too much exposure to bright lights.
Another side effect that may come on as a result of taking Clomid is having multiples. There is a 10 percent chance of conceiving twins in women who take Clomid, and 1 percent chance of having triplets and multiples - though this is rarely seen.