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Clomid Side Effects

on Dec 16, 2012

by Dr. Karen Leham, MD

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Clomid Side Effects

Clomid is the most popular fertility drug in the United States. But as with every prescription medication, there are side effects you need to think of.

Clomid is the most popular fertility drug in the United States, and it is successful in jump starting ovulation in the majority of women who take it. Studies show that Clomid induces ovulation in up to eighty percent of women who take it, and up to forty percent of women get pregnant within six cycles. Today we are going to cover some of the side effects of Clomid. While not usually very severe, there are a few side effects that we are going to go over just so you can be aware of them in case you are going to be taking Clomid. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Hot flashes

The most common side effects of Clomid are usually very mild, and oddly enough, many of them mirror the symptoms of pregnancy. One of the most common side effects is hot flashes, affecting around ten percent of the women who take Clomid. Hot flashes are not dangerous, just a bit uncomfortable to deal with, especially if you have never experienced one before

Bloating

Bloating and abdominal discomfort is also a very common side effect. Sometimes weight gain can also be associated with Clomid, but it is more often than not just connected to the bloating, and is not really an issue in and of itself.

Mood swings

Some other, less common side effects of Clomid, are ones that mimic pregnancy symptoms themselves. One of those side effects is mood swings. These occur in just about one percent of women who take Clomid, and they usually go away when your treatment cycle ends. Though many women will cite being ‘Clomid-zilla’ while on the pill, so it may just depend upon the person.

Nausea & dizziness

Nausea and dizziness are also pretty common side effects, affecting up to two percent of women who take Clomid. The nausea and dizziness can be lessened by taking Clomid at bedtime, so you sleep through any negative side effects. Some women also choose to take Clomid in the evening to avoid headaches, which occur in about one percent of women.

Having twins or multiples

Probably the most commonly known “side effect” of Clomid is the occurrence of twins and multiples. Sometimes Clomid sort of “overstimulates” your ovaries, and causes them to release more than one single egg. In these instances, you can get pregnant with twins or multiples. The chance of having twins while on Clomid is around eight percent, which is significantly higher than the average rate of having twins with no fertility medication, which is right around three percent.

Make sure you discuss the chance of twins or multiples, along with all the other side effects mentioned here with your doctor before deciding whether or not Clomid is the right choice for you.

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

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