When you can’t get pregnant, and things look good from the outside, it can be extremely frustrating. Clomiphene citrate, popularly known as Clomid, is one of the most successful fertility medications available today. Clomid is often a desirable first step for fertility treatment due to its relatively low cost. The success rate of Clomid Fertility Treatment is typically high. Other trade names for Clomiphene citrate are Milophene, Serophene, Clomifert, Fertomid, Siphene, Omifin. All formulations are nonsteroidal, ovulatory stimulants and work the same. Unfortunately, Clomid does not work for everyone; with some women experiencing a variety of side effects.
How Clomid Fertility Treatment Works:
There are numerous factors that affect fertility, Clomid may help (or may not help) you overcome some of these. Clomid is used for the stimulation of hormones that are required for successful ovulation. It stimulates ovulation in women who previously failed to ovulate on their own. Clomid does this by influencing estrogen receptors, such as the vagina, cervix, endometrium, pituitary gland, ovaries, and hypothalamus. Clomid plays the functional role of stimulating the development of multiple eggs, by fooling the body into thinking that estrogen is low and this encourages the release of one or more mature eggs. Clomid can also be prescribed to men to help treat low sperm count.
Side Effects of Clomid
You should not use Clomid if you are allergic to clomiphene, or if you have abnormal vaginal bleeding, an ovarian cyst, past or present liver disease. Clomid may cause blurred vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly. Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flushing and breast pain can be other side-effects cuased by Clomid.
Success Rates of Clomid Fertility Treatment
The success rates of Clomid Fertility Treatment vary from women to women depending on age, ovulation, weight, hormone levels and the dosage. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Medications for Inducing Ovulation 80 percent of patients will achieve successful ovulation with Clomid, and approximately 40 to 45 percent of these women will become pregnant within six cycles after starting on Clomid. Though Clomid stimulates ovulation, conception can only take place after ovulation has occurred. It is crucial that the ovaries release a mature egg into the fallopian tube so that sperm can fertilize it. With the multiple follicle development that Clomid offers, the chances of sperm finding more than one egg to fertilize are higher and conception success rates rise. You might think that by multiple follicle development can increase the chances of having twins dramatically, but that is not true. For a male partner whose sperm count is too low to achieve successful fertilization of the female egg, Clomid raises the sperm count to be strong enough for conception to occur. Clomid may be helpful if you are over 35, but only if you still have an ample egg supply. If you are over 35 and your egg supply is low or dwindling, Clomid may not help you get pregnant. Weight is also an important factor, if you are overweight or underweight, Clomid may be less likely to help you get pregnant. You can use Ovulation predictor kits to check whether your Clomid dosage is working in a right way or not. Clomid success rates are extremely encouraging, but if conception has not occurred after taking Clomid for 6 cycles, it is then deemed unsuccessful and you should seek thorough evaluation and treatment before relying entirely on Clomid infertility treatment.