Clomid Side Effects

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1. What Is Clomid? 

Clomid is one of the most effective and popular fertility drugs on the market today. It is an oral medication that has been around for more than 25 years. Clomid is extremely powerful, and is able to help more than 80 percent of the women who take it by inducing ovulation.

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For women who do not ovulate regularly or properly, Clomid can be a godsend. Clomiphene, sold under the brand names of Clomid and Serophene, tricks the body into thinking there’s not enough estrogen by blocking the estrogen receptors.

This leads the body to release more GnRH, a hormone that leads the pituitary to release more FSH and LH. These hormones stimulate the ovaries and boost ovulation. Even though Clomid is a very popular and usually very safe medication, there are a few side effects to be aware of.

2 Vaginal Dryness

Because Clomid blocks some of the body’s estrogen receptors, it can lead to vaginal dryness in some women. This is a very common complaint, however, it is usually a very mild one that is easily dealt with.

Because Clomid blocks some of the body’s estrogen receptors, it can lead to vaginal dryness

3 Hot Flashes

About ten percent of women who take Clomid experience hot flashes while taking the drug. When a woman has a hot flash, she feels incredibly warm, may experience a rapid heart rate, and may break out in a sweat or experience a facial flush.

About ten percent of women who take Clomid experience hot flashes

4 Bloating and Abdominal Pain

Bloating and abdominal pain are also very common side effects of Clomid, affecting around five to ten percent of women who take the drug. Doctors say that the bloating and abdominal discomfort that come along with Clomid are due to the ovaries being enlarged. The good news is that these feelings usually pass after the treatment cycle is over.

Bloating and abdominal pain are also very common side effects of Clomid

5 Weight Gain

Some women report weight gain when taking Clomid, but it is not a very common symptom. Less than one percent of women who take Clomid report having weight changes. However, it is still a side effect to be aware of.

Some women report weight gain when taking Clomid

6 Nausea and Dizziness

About two percent of women who take Clomid report having nausea or dizziness as a side effect. However, one of the most common symptoms associated with pregnancy is nausea and dizziness as well, so women should not be too worried about this side effect. Taking the medication in the evening can help with this symptom.About two percent of women who take Clomid report having nausea or dizziness

7 Thick Cervical Mucus

This is a very frustrating side effect that is associated with Clomid. A good quality, egg white consistency cervical mucus is needed when a woman is trying to conceive. However, Clomid can thicken the consistency of cervical mucus, making it harder for the sperm to reach the egg. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to help with thick cervical mucus while taking Clomid.

Clomid can thicken the consistency of cervical mucus

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Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.