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What is Clomid?

There are lots of conditions that can interfere with your menstrual cycle, from intense stress to polycystic ovary syndrome. Sometimes doctors will be able to identify that you have a disrupted or irregular cycle, or problems with ovulation, but not be able to pin down a root cause.

If you’re having problems conceiving that are related to ovulation, one of the options open to you, and that you may have already discussed with your doctor, are drugs to increase the chances you will ovulate. There are several options available, and different ways to capitalise on the increased chances of ovulation to ensure you stand the best chance of getting pregnant.

Today, OvuSense is taking a look one of the most common fertility drugs, Clomid.

What is Clomid?

Clomid is short for Clomiphene Citrate, and it comes in pill form. Unlike other medications, which come in different strengths depending on your prescription, Clomid usually comes in standard packs of 50mg pills. Your prescription may be for 100mg of Clomid, 150g, 200g and so on, and this means taking enough pills to make up that quantity of the drug, rather than being given pills of that strength and taking just one of them.

How Does it Work?

Clomid works to help your ovaries produce eggs according to a regular schedule, but it doesn’t work how you might expect. The straightforward way would be for the pill to simply deliver an extra dose of the hormones that cause your ovaries to prepare and produce an egg, but reality is a little more subtle. Clomid actually works by blocking the oestrogen receptors in your brain so it doesn’t think enough has been produced and keeps working to create more itself, pushing the ovaries to prepare and release an egg.

Side Effects

It’s impossible for medication that works on your hormones to confine itself simply to one task. Clomid can cause a lot of changes in your body including:

 Mood swings  Hot flushes  Headaches and vision problems (blurred, darkened or doubled vision)

Internally there’s a lot going on too that you’ll be less aware of:

 Thinning endometrial lining (this can make it harder for fertilised eggs to implant)  Ovarian cysts (while these are concerning, they normally subside as your Clomid dose fades)  Multiple pregnancy (with Clomid pushing your body to produce eggs, there is a small but significant increased chance of delivering twins)

It’s clear from these side effects that Clomid isn’t a ‘wonder drug’ – while it can help you ovulate, it can also make pregnancy more challenging so it’s only for use in specific circumstances.

Taking Advantage

Taking Clomid can increase your chances of ovulation but that’s no good unless you know when it happens and are able to try and conceive at that time. Taking Clomid without monitoring your cycle risks wasting a dose of the drug, and exposing yourself to side effects for no good reason.

OvuSense tracks your fertility by monitoring small changes in your core temperature, which can predict, with increasing accuracy, when you will ovulate, and give you 24 hours warning so you can try to conceive when you have the best chance of success, to make the most of your Clomid prescription.

To learn more about pregnancy and fertility issues visit PCOS