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Risks of Taking Clomid

If you have been prescribed Clomid or are interested in taking Clomid for infertility then you are likely concerned about any risks or side effects.

In some women, there will be no side effects of taking Clomid. However, other women may experience side effects that warrant finding another method of treatment. In general, since Clomid affect the body’s hormone receptors it produces side effects similar to those taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills. Some of the side effects include migraines, hot flashes, weight gain, bloating, and the like. Because of this Clomid should only be taken when prescribed by a doctor and only for short periods. Each woman is different and therefore should talk with her doctor before deciding on any particular treatment.

Reasons to Take Clomid

One of the reasons women are prescribed Clomid is if they have a hormonal deficiency. Ovulation does not occur in women who don’t have enough luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). When this occurs it is due to a hormone deficiency and is anovulation, i.e. ovulation does not occur. In most cases the woman’s eggs are fine and the only problem is that there is not enough hormones to stimulate ovulation.

Another reason to take Clomid is due to irregular cycles. When women do not ovulate regularly Clomid can help them regulate their cycle so that conception will be more likely. When women are anovulatory or have cycles that are irregular doctors will prescribe Clomid to help ovulation and promote a regular cycle.

Luteal phase defects are also treated by Clomid. A woman’s luteal phase should be significantly long enough so that conception may occur and pregnancy sustained. Women who have luteal phases that are 10 days or less will not be able to conceive and support a pregnancy. So, Clomid may be prescribed to help the body maintain its luteal phase and support the pregnancy. Otherwise, if the luteal phase is too short miscarriage may occur.


Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.