Some of the major causes of infertility in women is lack of ovulation, infrequent or absent periods which may lead to ovulation problems. Clomid or Clomiphene citrate is a fertility medicine that can be used to induce ovulation in women who don't ovulate thereby increasing their chances of getting pregnant.
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Clomid;
1. What's Clomid for?
Clomid is an oral medication for stimulating ovulation and it can be used by women battling infertility issues caused by infrequent ot absent period, anovulation so as to help increase their chances of getting pregnant. Clomid is usually recommended for irregular ovulation, male factor fertility problems, unexplained infertility.
2. Does Clomid have any side effects?
Clomid has a few minor side effects such as hot flashes, blurry vision, migraines and breast discomfort. Also during ovulation, the woman might notice a decrease in cervical fluid, in all Clomid has no long term effect if used as prescribed.
If you start bleeding after using Clomid don't dismiss it as breakthrough bleeding meanwhile breakthrough bleeding isn't a side effect of Clomid so if you experience such, contact your doctor.
3. For how long can I use Clomid?
Clomid is quite effective, out of 100% of women who use Clomid, 75% of them get pregnant within the first 4 to 6 months. If after using Clomid for 6 months, contact your gynaecologist, do not continue use without consulting your doctor. Do not continue use of Clomid after a year unless your gynae advice it.
4. If the cause of the infertility is unknown can we still use Clomid?
When everything has been confirmed normal (the woman is ovulating and menstruating normally and the man's sperm count is okay) in both the man and the woman yet the couples are still unable to conceive this is called unexplained infertility. If Clomid is prescribed it may prove ineffective and there's prove that taking Clomid when it's unprescribed can reduce a woman's chances of conceiving.
5. Who can't use Clomid
It’s necessary you know the right time to use Clomid and when you should move on to other form of treatment if you fail to conceive after trying Clomid. Read more about Who shouldn't use Clomid.