Info About Clomid, the Pregnancy Drug That Can Stimulate Ovulation

 

Clomid is an oral medication that can be used to stimulate ovulation in women who want to become pregnant. Clomid works by blocking estrogen receptors at the hypothalamus, which is an important pregnancy hormonal control center for the body.  When estrogen is blocked, the hypothalamus is stimulated to release follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH).

Who should look into using Clomid? Women with estrogen problems. In women with low estrogen levels, clomid causes beneficial estrogen production. In women with high estrogen levels, clomid causes anti-estrogen effect.  

It’s important to pay attention to your prescribed dose: In small doses, Clomid increases secretion of gonadotropins (prolactin, Follicle stimulating hormone, FSH and interstitial cell-stimulating hormone), which can then stimulate ovulation.  In large doses, Clomid slows secretion of gonadotropins, leading to a better pregnancy situation for some women.

Dosage Directions: It is recommended to start with 50mg of Clomid once a day at bedtime, starting from the fifth day of your menstrual cycle. In case of no ovulation effect (ovulation does not occur within 30 days) increase the dose to 150 mg/day.  However, if your doctor prescribes differently, follow their direction.  Always take exactly as prescribed and do not take the medication in larger quantities than prescribed.

Possible Side Effects: Clomid may cause vision problems, dizziness, or lightheadedness.  Together with allergy symptoms such as swelling of lips, tongue, or face or hives in some patients may appear the following conditions: ovarian enlargement presenting as abdominal or pelvic pain, flushing, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, blurred vision, headache, abnormal uterine bleeding.

Do not take Clomid if you currently have or have experienced the following conditions:  Hypersensitivity, liver or kidney failure, metrorrhagia of unknown etiology, ovarian cysts, neoplasms of genital organs, tumor or hypofunction of the hypophysis, endometriosis, ovarian failure together with hyperprolactinemia.

Possible Drug Interactions: Tell your healthcare provider about all medications and other herbal products you are taking.  Medications known to interact with Clomid are the following: