Infertility: what is clomid
There are many causes of infertility in women. They may be internal factors (medical or genetic) or external factors such as stress or the environment.
But in 25% of cases, if a woman does not manage to get pregnant, it is because she has problems related to ovulation (absence of ovulation following an ovulation test for example).
It is for this reason that Clomid, which treats an inability to conceive a baby due to hormonal dysregulation, is the best-known medication for the treatment of infertility.
So before you get interested in what you need to buy for your first baby, here’s some information about Clomid.
What is Clomid?
Beyond the treatment of the absence of ovulation (anovulation), Clomid can also be prescribed:
- in the treatment of absence of rules following the pill stop
- to treat an ovarian cyst
- for an IVF to stimulate ovulation
- to treat infertility in men in some cases
It is an ovulation inducer, i.e., it causes the production of ova by the ovaries by acting on the hypothalamus. Clomid 50 mg contains clomiphene citrate.
The clomid, how does it work?
Unlike some medications that treat infertility, Clomid is taken in the form of tablets and not injections.
After the first intake, the doctor will check if there have been ovulation by controlling the level of FSH hormones. You can also do ovulation tests at home between J12 and J16. If you have not ovulated, the dosage will be increased for the next cycle.
Dosage of the clomid
Two tablets of 50 mg daily for ovulation disorders and one tablet of 50 mg daily for an ovarian cyst to be generally taken between the 3rd and the 7th day of the cycle. Both treatments, therefore, last five days.
Clomid may be prescribed for 3 to 6 cycles and should never exceed nine cycles. It can also work the first time.
The maximum dosage is three tablets per day. In the absence of ovulation at this dose, the patient will be considered to be resistant to Clomid and will be referred to other treatments.
Effectiveness of Clomid treatment
In 80% of cases, ovarian stimulation with Clomid works and 40 to 45% of women who took this medication became pregnant after six cycles.
What side effects for clomid?
Like any hormonal treatment, Clomid causes hot flushes and mood changes, can cause vaginal dryness and can cause dizziness and headaches.
Clomid may also cause weight gain in some women (up to 15 kg in one year) and cause lower abdominal pain due to excessive stimulation of the ovaries.
But the most feared Clomid side effect is the increased possibility of having twins (10% chance of having twins under clomid) since a twin pregnancy is a risky pregnancy.
Many parents who have waited long before getting pregnant are thus very anxious about losing their baby.
Also, attention should be paid to the dosage of Clomid because this treatment can make the uterus thinner and therefore make implantation of the egg more difficult.
Finally, do not forget that Clomid is a medicine. Like any medication, its intake can have unpredictable side effects. So before tanning your gynecologist to have a prescription, be sure to try all natural methods.
And if your gynecology does not prescribe tests before you do the prescription and while taking the Clomid, change the practitioner!
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