Many people have difficulty getting pregnant and starting a family, which can be a great source of frustration and sadness.
Clomid® is a fertility drug that can improve the chances of pregnancy by increasing the number of eggs a woman produces each month.
At Los Angeles Reproductive Center, Clomid is one of the first treatments we recommend to many of our patients.
Who Should Take Clomid?
Drs. Marc Kalan and Nurit Winkler recommend clomid to women who are trying to conceive but having difficulty due to unexplained infertility, mild male factor infertility, irregular periods, failure to ovulate, and PCOS. Women with tubal factor, severe male factor, or uterine factor infertility will not benefit from clomiphene medications.
A Closer Look at the Treatment:
Clomid comes in 50 mg tablets. The starting dose is usually 50 to 100mg per day for five days. Most fertility doctors prescribe the medication to be taken between days three and seven of the menstrual cycle. For women who do not respond to the starting dose, higher amounts can be taken (up to 250mg per day). However, the success rate tends to fall as the dose increases.
Clomid Success Rates
Success rates with Clomid depend on a few variables, including the cause of infertility and if IUI (intrauterine insemination) is combined with this fertility treatment.
In patients with unexplained infertility, Clomid alone (without IUI) increases the monthly pregnancy rate by two times (from 2% to 4%). If IUI is added, the pregnancy rate jumps to about 8%.
In patients with ovulation problems such anovulation and PCOS, Clomid alone increases the monthly pregnancy rate to between 7% and 18%.
Clomid and Multiples
The chance for twins with Clomid is approximately 7%, and the chance for triplets is less than 1%. We will discuss any concerns you have about your care and the increased risk of multiples during your appointment with one of our fertility doctors at our Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, or Encino, CA, offices.
How Does Clomid Work?
The Regular Ovulation Process
Normal ovulation, or the release of an egg from the ovary, happens when the pituitary gland in the brain releases a hormone called FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). This causes the egg follicles to produce and grow an egg. When FSH levels peak, it triggers ovulation, releasing the egg from the follicles so it can travel to the fallopian tubes for potential fertilization.
Treatment with Clomid
Clomid is the brand name for clomiphene citrate, a member of a class of drugs called the SERMs (selective estrogen receptor modulators). It works by making your brain think you have low estrogen levels, causing the pituitary glands to increase FSH production. Thus, several eggs may develop at once. In women who do not normally ovulate, Clomid usually induces the production of one egg.
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Clomid Side Effects
The most common side effect of Clomid is hot flashes. This is likely due to the estrogen-blocking properties of the drug. Some women complain of abdominal discomfort, nausea, and vomiting. Rarely, women experience visual changes such as double vision or blurring.
You might experience abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, or visual changes.