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Getting pregnant: Trying to conceive with the help of clomid

If you've been having trouble conceiving, and your doctor has performed a thorough infertility work-up, there's a good chance that your doctor will recommend clomid if she believes your ovaries are not releasing eggs. Clomid, which is taken in pill form, can help regulate your hormones so that your ovaries will release an egg. In other words, clomid can help your body ovulate.

How clomid works

Typically, you'll start taking clomid about two to five days after your period starts, and continue to take it each day for about five days. Your doctor will be monitoring you closely during this time to make sure that the medication is doing its work and causing you to ovulate. Some doctors like to see their patients every day during this time.

As soon as your doctor has determined that you're ovulating, you'll stop taking the pill and should begin to have sex. Most physicians recommend having sex every day at this point in your cycle. But talk with your own doctor about the frequency of intercourse recommended for you. You'll probably continue with the clomid for three to six menstrual cycles, unless, of course, you become pregnant.

How clomid can make you feel

There is a wide range of possible side effects from clomid, including dry cervical mucus, mild swelling of the ovaries, ovarian cysts, stomach pain, breast tenderness, trouble sleeping, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, headaches, fatigue, depression and weight gain.

Clomid affects each woman a little differently. Elizabeth, 31, took clomid for four cycles. When she was on the medication, she says that her symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) were a little worse than usual, and she felt moody.

"During ovulation, I felt like there was a bowling ball in my uterus," says Elizabeth. "I was really bloated and pretty uncomfortable. Luckily, this feeling only lasted a few days mid-cycle."

The risk of multiple births

Your chances of conceiving more than one child increase when you take clomid. The percentage of the risk depends on the dose of clomid you take. While the idea of having multiple births may be exciting to some people, it's important to understand that carrying even twins has a higher risk for miscarriage, premature birth and health complications.

Learn more about how fertility treatments increase the rate of multiple births.

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Source: Health Online, Inc.

First published: 01/04/2000
Last updated: 10/14/2007

Reviewed by: Michael Slama, MD, Allina Health Mercy Women's Health Clinic