Infertility Treatments: Clomid

Has your doctor suggested Clomid? What is it and how it may help.

Facing infertility can be confusing and discouraging, but you are not alone.

Many couples experiencing infertility seek assistance from a medical provider. One of the first treatments prescribed isClomid or Clomiphene citrate. This medication is one of the most common in the treatment of fertility and generally one of the first administered by a doctor because of the low expense and convenient oral administration.

Within the first five days following the heavy cycle of menstrual bleeding Clomid is administered. Clomid is given orally and helps to stimulate ovulation. Clomid is beneficial in that it helps those who are having trouble getting pregnant from irregular ovulation, male fertility problems and those unexplained infertility issues.

Side Effects of Clomid

For the most part Clomid presents mild side effects for individuals taking the drug. The drug is normally well-tolerated which is one of the reasons it is a popular infertility treatment among doctors. However, there are risks or side effects involved.

• Hot flashes
Approximately 10% of women taking Clomid experience hot flashes at one time or another during the administration of the drug. Hot flashes may occur at night and result in night sweats. The side effect is not dangerous but is uncomfortable. Flushed face, sweating, rapid heartbeat, and overall warmth may occur during a hot flash episode.

• Abdominal pain
Approximately 5% of women on Clomid experience bloating or abdominal discomfort. Some women complain of their clothing fitting tight, especially around the waste. If cramping occurs it is important to report the symptoms right away to your doctor.

• Nausea
Nausea may also be accompanied with dizziness and even vomiting in women taking Clomid. Most women report symptoms of nausea during morning administration of the drug and less noted problems arising when they took the medication at night.

• Headaches
Headaches may occur in patients taking Clomid. There is not a clear understanding why these symptoms occur but women reported that taking the medication in the evening rather than the morning lessened the side effects.

• Weight gain
One of the most detrimental side effects associated with Clomid is weight gain. Nobody wants to gain weight when they are merely trying to get pregnant. In most cases the weight gain is related to bloating symptoms which subside when the bloating stops.

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