Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Clomid

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

What is Clomid? Will it work for you? And what are the side effects? If your doctor has recently prescribed this popular fertility drug for you, these are probably the biggest questions on your mind. Whatever you're wondering, you'll find answers below!

Here's a quick definition: 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. 

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.

Less frequently, men may be prescribed Clomid to treat some causes of male infertility. The information below primarily relates to Clomid use in women. 

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.

What Can You Expect During Treatment With Clomid?

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Your doctor will explain what Clomid is and how to take it.. Jose Luis Pelaez/Iconica/Getty Images

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.   More »

What Kind of Side Effects Can You Expect With Clomid?

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Bloating is a possible side effect of Clomid.. Photo: Tom Le Goff / Getty Images

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.

Read more about clomid side effects here. More »

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

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Clomid helps many women ovulate and get pregnant.. Paul Bradbury / Getty Images

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. More »

Are Mood Swings Common When Taking Clomid?

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Clomid can cause some women to feel anxious or experience mood swings.. Getty Images

Clomid has quite a reputation online for causing mood swings. Is it all "in your head?"

No! 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. 

If you experience severe mood swings on Clomid, be sure to contact your doctor. Learn more about why Clomid causes mood swings and how to cope. More »

Will I Get Pregnant With Twins on Clomid?

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Your risk of having twins while taking Clomid is higher than without it.. Eclisse Creazioni Art & Photography / Getty Images

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 is about 10%. For some women, their odds will be higher. Find out more here. More »

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

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An ovulation predictor kit may make it easier to time sex for pregnancy when you're taking Clomid.. Caiaimage/ Trevor Adeline / Getty Images

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. More »

Should You Try Clomid Without Doctor Supervision?

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Purchasing Clomid online and using it without a doctor's supervision can be dangerous.. Peter Dazeley / Getty Images

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. 

Read more about why you should never buy Clomid online without a prescriptionMore »

What Happens if Clomid Doesn't Work?

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If you don't get pregnant on Clomid, don't give up yet. There are more options to try.. Frank Wartenberg / Getty Images

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

Learn about the options in this article on Clomid resistance. More »

How Much Does Clomid Cost?

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Clomid isn't expensive, but every pharmacy's price is slightly different.. twing / Getty Images

Clomid is a relatively inexpensive drug, especially when you're comparing it to 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. More »

6 More Things You Should Know About Clomid

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Clomid is no miracle drug.. Purestock / Getty Images

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 about Clomid here. More »

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