Trying to Conceive: Clomid Questions

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Clomiphene citrate (Clomid) is one fertility treatment drug that has been used since the early 1960s to induce ovulation. Clomid is a nonsteroidal estrogen that results in a more prolonged interaction with the binding proteins for the estrogen receptor. Its behavior is similar to an antiestrogen, and it is believed that this effect regulates and controls the release of regulatory hormones from the hypothalamus that in turn, allows for normal follicle development and ovulation. Clomid is easy to take and is given in pill form for 5 days, usually beginning on day 3 to 5 of the menstrual cycle.

Clomid is typically used today for women with irregular periods or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) who desire to become pregnant. It should not be given to women with ovarian cysts or liver disease unless advised by your doctor. It's important not to consider Clomid as a cure-all for every woman who desires to become pregnant. Investigating the reasons why a woman is not conceiving is important before considering Clomid, since it is not appropriate for all underlying causes of infertility. Of course, investigation of a woman's partner is also important prior to administering any kind of infertility treatment.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/7/2013