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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Clomid

Information on Clomid Success, Side Effects, and More


Updated July 10, 2014

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Clomid is one of the most commonly prescribed fertility drugs. Also known by its generic name clomiphene citrate, it's typically used in women experiencing anovulation or irregular ovulation. It may also be prescribed in cases of unexplained infertility. Less frequently, men may be prescribed Clomid to treat some causes of male infertility.

If your doctor has recommended Clomid, you probably have questions. As always, your doctor should be the primary source for information on your treatment. The following information is only meant to be used alongside your doctor's care.

Clomid Treatment Day by Day

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As far as fertility treatments go, Clomid is a simple drug to take and use. Many doctors have a relatively hands-off approach to treatment. Ideally, however, your cycle should be monitored. Your doctor may do a few simple blood tests, or may more closely monitor the cycle with ultrasound checks.

Clomid treatment may also be used along with IUI or gonadotropins.

Read this day-by-day guide to Clomid treatment for more details.  

What Are Clomid Side Effects?

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The first worry on many people's minds when starting a mediation is what kind of side effects to expect. Clomid's side effects aren't too bad. The most common are hot flashes, bloating, and mood swings.

Though rare, there are side effects that can be dangerous. If you're concerned, contact your doctor. Read more about clomid side effects here.

Will I Get Pregnant With Twins on Clomid?

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One of the best known risks of Clomid is the chance of getting pregnant with twins, or more. Triplets and higher-order multiples are possible, but unlikely. But getting pregnant with twins isn’t that uncommon.

Your odds of conceiving twins on Clomid is about 10%, though for some women, their odds will be higher. Find out more here.

What Is the Success Rate for Clomid?

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I’m sure you’re wondering if Clomid will work for you. The good news is that Clomid is generally good at triggering ovulation in women with anovulation. Of women who take Clomid for ovulation problems, about 75% to 80% will ovulate.

Whether or not ovulation will lead to pregnancy, though, is a slightly different matter. Learn more about the chances of achieving pregnancy on Clomid here.

When Should You Have Sex While Taking Clomid?

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Usually, Clomid treatment includes timed sexual intercourse to help you get pregnant. You’ll need to know when you’re going to ovulate in order to time sex for your best chances. Your doctor may tell you to use an ovulation predictor kit, but most women can expect to ovulate on certain days while taking Clomid.

Find out the best days to have sex when taking Clomid here.

What Happens if Clomid Doesn’t Work?

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While Clomid does help many women ovulate, obviously it's not always successful. When Clomid does not result in ovulation, we say the woman is Clomid resistant. (This isn't the same as when Clomid does trigger ovulation, but doesn't lead to a pregnancy.)

What happens when Clomid doesn’t work? You won’t necessarily need to move up to more complicated treatments right away. Learn about the options in this article on Clomid resistance.

Where Can I Buy Clomid for the Best Price?

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Clomid is a relatively inexpensive drug, especially when you're comparing it to the more expensive treatments like injectables or IUI.

That said, the price of Clomid can vary wildly from pharmacy to pharmacy. You may pay anywhere between $25 to $50 for the low 50 mg dose. Why pay more if you don't have to?

Learn where to get Clomid for the best price here.

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