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Home Medications Clomid

What is Clomid?

Clomid (also known as serophene, and clomiphene citrate) is the most common prescription fertility medication used to treat female factor infertility. It is relatively inexpensive with few side affects and has an 80% success rate in annovulatory women. Clomid is used when problems with ovulation are present, such as irregular or lack of ovulation. Clomid is also used for women with poly-cystic ovary syndrome.

How is Clomid taken?

Protocols for the administration of clomid vary from patient to patient. Most physicians start their patients on 50mg, and may increase the dose if the first attempt is unsuccessful. However, increasing the dose of clomid can actual make conception less likely, and doses over 150mg are uncommon. Generally speaking, a woman is instructed to take clomid begining somewhere between day 1 and day 5 of her cycle, and continued for five consecutive days. For example, a woman may take clomid for days 1-5, days 2-6, days 3-7, days 4-8 or days 5-9.

What are the side affects of Clomid?

The side affects of clomid are relatively mild compared to other fertility medications. Side affects include hot flashes, sore and tender breasts, mood swings, headache and sensitivity to light.

What are the chances of conceiving twins with Clomid?

Among annovulatory women (women who do not ovulate regularly), the chances of twins range from 5-12%. The chances of conceiving triplets or more is less than 1%.

Is there anything else I should know about Clomid?

Clomid can thin the uterine lining and make the cervical mucous hostile towards sperm. These degree of severity of either of these problems is directly correlated with the dosage amount, hence why more isn't always better when it comes to clomid. Taking supplements such as baby aspirin and mucinex, as well as using a sperm-friendly lubricant can help address these problems.



Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2010 22:43 )