What is clomid?
Clomiphene citrate is a drug which can be prescribed to help you ovulate. What are the pros and cons of taking it?
Some women are blessed with a long cycle – some up to six weeks. This can seem like a real boon when you are young, after all, who wants to start a new period every 28 days?! However, once you start to try for a baby, your cycle becomes a huge issue. Understanding your menstrual cycle is a really useful part of trying for a baby and worth tracking, especially if you have been trying for a baby for six months or more, or have a history of irregular periods.
Women who don't have periods or have irregular periods
Although the top tips for conception certainly include having lots of unprotected sex as often as you can, there is a very definite window of opportunity around your ovulation each month, when you can get pregnant. Thus, if you don't ovulate regularly, this can hamper your chances of conceiving.
What is clomid?
Ovulation induction is when a drug helps stimulate your body into producing eggs in the way in which your body should normally react.
For some women, producing eggs more regularly is enough to achieve conception, without having to go down the route of IVF and other forms of assisted conception.
Clomiphene citrate, also known
as Clomid, is the most common fertility
drug anmd can prescribed direct from a GP. Taken as a pill, it tells your brain
that you are not producing enough
oestrogen, and that the body needs to produce more eggs.
Your GP will discuss your medical history and decide with you if you have a good profile for taking this drug. However, possible side-effects could include hot flushes,
sore breasts, insomnia, mood swings, nausea and
heavy periods. In some cases, there might be weight gain or your complexion might become more spotty.
In extreme cases, basic research has led some to link taking clomid for extended periods (more than a year) with ovarian cancer. But it is a common and safe option to help kick-start the pregnancy process for many women.
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i had a consultant app for something eles,however they took blood and among other things checked my hormone levelsm few mths went past as my follow up consultant app isnt till 16oct,in the meantime my partner went and had a testostrone test,he had one in june and it was low..so we both started taking "MACA",his levels are now normal,we also asked if he could have a sperm test and his gp agreed,so i thought i should go get checked aswell,and when i went2see my gp last week this is when he told me ive low estrogen,and as we dont know what cd i was when i had this blood at consultant on,hes going to have me in on 1oct for a cd21 test,but he said even if i was on cd1 when i had this last blood taken he said it'd still be low as it should be high-ish all the time(higher around O) after ive these 1oct(cd21)results i'll be re-ferred2a gyne,and will most probaley get clomid perscribed,i didnt have any idea what clomid was when my gp was telling me,i would love anyone 2 let me know there experiences....as im feelin a little worried, hoping gary's sperms good when that result comes back next week!
Posted: 22/09/2008 at 16:56
Im laura. I have been TTC for just over 2 years now. I had a HSG in the beginning of last month and i ovulated naturally on CD 17 of my last cycle.the gyne said he wants to wait until february to see i a fall naturally. I have to go back on the 19th Feb to see how things have gone. Im hoping that if i havent fell pregnant by then that he will start me on the chlomide. Even if i am ovulating will they still put my on the chlomide?
Are there any other side effects that oi should consider?
Posted: 08/12/2008 at 14:18
hi mrs wilko .that is a hard question to answer as i have had thyroid problems for some years and live with what most people call side effects . sorry i cant be more help . we have been trying ourselfs now 2 half years .
i hope things go well for you before 19th feb ,sending some fairy dust way
Posted: 08/12/2008 at 17:13
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thanks kate. Its a long time isnt it, 2 years. it drives me nuts. I cant wait for them to stick me on the Chlomide. I may eventually get some where. I have heard some good reviews about chlomide.
Sending baby dust your way to. Hope it happens for you soon hun.
Posted: 08/12/2008 at 17:24
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