Clomid: General Information about the Medication
The active ingredient of this medicament is clomiphene, which belongs to selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERM). Sometimes woman’s periods can be irregular and scant, so it is difficult for her to find out, when she is ovulating, and this situation is not very good when she carefully plans her pregnancy.
Clomid can help beat infertility and get pregnant really fast.
How Clomid Works
One dose of Clomid consists of 50 mg of clomiphene citrate; one pack usually contains 100 pills. This kind of medication causes anti-estrogenic effect. This means it blocks estrogen receptors in the hypothalamus.
At the same time, Clomid increases the secretion of gonadotropic hormones, which leads to stimulation of maturation and endocrine activity of the follicle. This stimulates ovulation and raises the concentration of estradiol.
When and How to Use It
Clomid is usually prescribed to women who cannot get pregnant for one year or more. Before starting to use this medication you need to consult your fertility specialist or gynecologist to find out the actual reason of your or your partner’s infertility, as this will help you to choose the proper treatment.
If your doctor identifies that the reason of prolonged absence of pregnancy is anovulation, he/she will prescribe Clomid.
Clomid should be taken exactly as prescribed by your therapist. It is usually taken for 5 days: you may start on the 5th day of your menstrual period, and ovulation will begin 5 to 8 days after you take the medicine.
In special cases women are administered 100 mg orally, but a usual dosage is 50 mg (or one pill). Clomid should not be taken for more than 3 cure cycles. While using the remedy you should be constantly examined by your doctor.
If you missed your daily dose, you need to take it as soon as you remember, but skip it if it’s almost the time for your next dose.
To check if ovulation really happens, you may measure your temperature daily and make notes about your condition and sensations. If ovulation takes place but you do not get pregnant after (or during) 3 treatment cycles, contact your doctor, as further treatment is inappropriate.
Contraindications and Side Effects
As every medication, Clomid has its own contraindications and side effects:
- Blurred vision;
- Rapid heart beat;
- Some weight gain;
- Breast pain.
When taking the medication it’s better to avoid driving or operating machinery as it may result in an accident. Do not hesitate to contact your therapist if you have some of these side effects:
- Heavy vaginal bleeding;
- Flashes or lights in your vision;
- Increasing in your pelvic area, pain or pressure.
Stop using it if any of these effects take place. Do not take Clomid if you have:
- Some problems with thyroid;
- Adrenal gland disease;
- Heavy vaginal bleeding;
- Pituitary gland tumor.
Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant. Besides, be aware that the intake of Clomid may lead to multiple births (twins, triplets), which is a huge pressure and increased risk both for you and the babies.
Do not hesitate to contact your therapist or gynecologist to get full information about all the possible side effects of Clomid usage.
Clomid can be bought both at land-based and online pharmacies with a prescription only. It should be stored not longer than 60 days in a dry place protected from direct sunlight, at a temperature not higher than 25°C and kept out of children’s reach.