All Your Questions on Clomid Answered

What Is Clomid? What Are the Success Rates? And What About Side Effects?

What are the chances Clomid will work for you? Pretty good, actually! If you're not ovulating or you're ovulating irregularly, your doctor may prescribe Clomid to help you get pregnant. It's also sometimes prescribed when the cause of infertility is unknown or not yet diagnosed. (Success rates are lower in these cases.)

Less frequently, men may be prescribed Clomid to treat some causes of male infertility.

What side effects can you expect when taking Clomid? Does it really cause mood swings? How much does Clomid cost? Whatever you're wondering, you'll find answers below!

What Is the Success Rate for Clomid? Does Clomid Work??

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About 75 to 80 percent of women will ovulate when taking Clomid. Whether or not ovulation will lead to pregnancy is a slightly different matter. Your odds of getting pregnant are between 7 and 30 percent. 

Studies vary in their results. Whether Clomid will work for you—and whether you'll carry to term or miscarry—depends on many factors, including your age and cause of infertility. Learn more about the chances of achieving pregnancy on Clomid here.

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What Can You Expect During Treatment With Clomid?

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Clomid goes by the generic name clomiphene citrate. Clomid works by tricking your body into thinking you don't have enough estrogen. Your body reacts to this by ​releasing additional hormones that trigger your ovaries to develop ​oocytes (eggs). Eventually, if all goes well, you will ovulate one (and sometimes more than one!) egg. 

As far as fertility treatments go, Clomid is a simple drug to take and use. Many doctors have a relatively hands-off approach. They hand you the prescription, give you instructions on how to take it, and that's it.

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.  

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What Kind of Side Effects Can You Expect With Clomid?

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The first worry on many people's minds when starting a medication 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. Some women also experience headaches and vaginal dryness. 

Though rare, there are side effects that can be dangerous. If you're concerned, always contact your doctor.

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Are Mood Swings Common When Taking Clomid?

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Clomid has quite a reputation for causing mood swings. Is it true? Yes! Clomid does mess with your hormones, and your hormones do have an effect on your emotional well-being.

The "Clomid Crazies" are a bit like PMS mood swings—but slightly worse. However, if you experience severe mood swings on Clomid, be sure to contact your doctor.

Here is more about why Clomid causes mood swings and how to cope.

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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.

Getting pregnant with twins, however, isn’t that uncommon. Your odds of conceiving twins on Clomid are between 5 and 8 percent. For some women, their odds will be higher.

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When Should You Have Sex While Taking Clomid? When Will You Ovulate?

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Usually, treatment includes timed sexual intercourse. 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.

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Should You Try Clomid Without Doctor Supervision?

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No, you shouldn't.

First of all, the only way to purchase Clomid without a prescription is via illegal and shady websites. You have no idea who is selling you the drugs and no way to know if you're actually getting Clomid or something else.

Secondly, even though Clomid treatment is relatively simple, it is not for everyone and it can be harmful. 

Here's why you should never buy Clomid online without a prescription

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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. Your doctor may prescribe the diabetes drug metformin to take alongside Clomid.

Or, they may move you onto a drug called letrozole. Letrozole—which is actually a cancer treatment drug—has been found to help women ovulate who are Clomid resistant.

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How Much Does Clomid Cost?

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

That said, the price can vary wildly from pharmacy to pharmacy. You may pay anywhere between $25 to $50 for the low 50 mg dose.

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Clomid for Men: Treating Male Infertility

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Clomid is most commonly used to treat ovulation problems in women. However, it can also be used to treat some male infertility issues.

Treatment is very different in men. They take the drug over a longer period of time, and it takes months to see positive effects. Learn more about Clomid for men here.

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6 More Things You Should Know About Clomid

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Can Clomid help you get pregnant if you don't have fertility problems? For how many cycles can you safely take Clomid? Learn more about what you may not know here.

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