Potential Clomid Side Effects

Generally, Clomid side effects are mild and not particularly troublesome.

However, at higher doses you may experience:  

  • mood swings
  • nausea and vomiting
  • breast tenderness
  • headache
  • fatigue

30% of women using Clomid also experience changes in their cervical mucous. Cervical mucous can then become hostile to sperm, making conception difficult.

Potential Complications of Clomid

The main risk associated with Clomid use is the potential for developing Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). OHSS can occur with the use of any type of ovulation stimulating drug.

It happens when cysts begin to form on the ovaries, causing them to swell to a very large size. Typically, OHSS disappears without treatment but, without proper monitoring, the syndrome can become dangerous.

Potential complications include:

  • kidney problems
  • liver problems
  • fluid collection in the lungs and stomach
  • twisting of the ovaries

It is essential that your fertility specialist monitor you for signs of OHSS while you are taking Clomid.

Clomid Success Rates

Clomid is generally a very effective drug for most women suffering from ovulatory dysfunction. In fact, between 70% and 90% of women taking Clomid begin to ovulate within the first three cycles.

Additionally, 40% of couples become pregnant during the first three cycles. It is important to be aware that there is a 5% to 10% chance of multiple pregnancy (especially twin pregnancy) when taking Clomid.

Speak to your fertility specialist if you are concerned about multiple pregnancy.

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