When it comes to undergoing any kind of medical treatment, it's important that you have a good understanding of the benefits as well as the risks involved with the procedure. By knowing both, you will be able to have realistic expectations about the treatment process and what it will entail.
We'd like to take this opportunity to consider one particular infertility treatment and then focus on the risks and benefits that treatment entails: Clomid.
Clomid is a fertility drug that is also known by the following names:
Clomid is classified as a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM).
Why Clomid Is Prescribed
Clomid is prescribed in order to stimulate the release of certain hormones that are necessary to trigger ovulation. This is an ideal option to consider for women who have issues with ovulation, such as not ovulating regularly, ovulating too early or too late during their cycle, or not ovulating at all. In that sense, Clomid drug both stimulates ovulation and regulates it.
Clomid can be used to assist with natural conception or to stimulate ovulation so that eggs can be retrieved for in vitro fertilization (IVF).
If a woman suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome, Clomid may be prescribed to address the health condition. In some instances, Clomid can also be used by men to address problems with low sperm count.
When is Clomid taken?
The drug is generally taken in the first days of a woman's cycle, with ovulation occurring between days 13 and 18. If a patient does not ovulate during this timeframe, the dosage may be upped as needed.
Side Effects of Clomid
Taking Clomid may result in the following side effects:
- Ovarian hyperstimulation
- Hot flashes
- Pain in the abdominal area
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Mood swings
- Blurry or hazy vision
- Tender breasts
- Thick cervical mucus (this can make natural conception more difficult)
The Benefits of Clomid
Clomid is highly effective for addressing many of the problems that were listed above. With regard to natural stimulation and regulation of ovulation, patients are 80 percent likely to experience proper ovulation during the first three months of taking Clomid. Given these numbers, Clomid can allow a couple to conceive naturally without the need for additional fertility treatments.
The Risks of Clomid
Given the number of side effects listed above, there are a number of downsides to consider when taking Clomid. In very rare instances, women who take Clomid may experience hair loss. While taking Clomid, the chances of giving birth to twins goes up slightly, though the chance of having triplets does not increase.
Considering Various Fertility Treatment Options
Clomid may be the sole answer to your infertility dilemma or it may be just part of a more involved treatment plan. During your visit to our practice, we will be sure to go over all of your treatment options so that you have the fertility treatment plan that properly addresses your needs.
Learn More About Fertility Treatment Options
For more information about Clomid, other fertility drugs, and various matters that are related to pregnancy, be sure to contact our Lubbock, TX fertility specialists today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best choices with regard to starting your own family.