How many cycles?
While Clomid can be prescribed for as much as six cycles, many experts agree that, if a pregnancy hasn’t occurred within the first three cycles, it is unlikely to occur at all with this type of treatment. About 80% of women will respond and ovulate within the first three cycles, though.
Side Effects of Clomid
In general, the side effects of Clomid tend to be fairly mild. However, about a third of all Clomid users will develop hostile cervical mucus. This is cervical mucus that is not conducive to conception and in fact tends to kill off sperm thereby making conception next to impossible. While there are a number of severe side effects, these tend to be mainly associated with higher doses of the drug.
Common Clomid side effects include:
- mood swings
- nausea and vomiting
- breast tenderness
- abdominal pain
- blurred vision
- weight gain
- ovarian cysts
In the past, there was also thought to be a link between ovarian cancer and Clomid use. However, this link has been disputed and most current studies have not been able to find a link between the use of fertility drugs and ovarian cancer.
Clomid and Twins
Clomid is also associated with a 10% increase in the chance of having twins. There is also the possibility of conceiving triplets, or more, however, the chances of multiple births while using Clomid is generally thought to be extremely low.
Thanks to the internet, it is now easier than ever for women to get their hands on Clomid. As a result, a number of women who are not experiencing fertility problems have begun using Clomid as an inexpensive way to increase their chances of conceiving twins. Although Clomid can increase the chances of conceiving multiples compared to the general population, many agree that this increase is not significant. Moreover, the use of unprescribed Clomid is both dangerous and possibly detrimental to your chances of conceiving.
Since the drug is not prescribed, health care providers cannot properly monitor their patients that are using it. Without close monitoring, it is difficult to know whether or not the Clomid is even affecting your body. Additionally, it can cause the signs of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) to go unnoticed. OHSS is a serious complication in any woman who uses fertility drugs and severe cases require immediate medical attention.
Even if OHSS does not occur, women who use Clomid but do not have any ovulation problems may actually be making their body less effective at getting pregnant. Using Clomid unnecessarily can create new problems, such as making your cervical mucus hostile to your partner’s sperm, thereby lowering your chances of successfully conceiving.
Clomid Success Rates
Ovualtion rates with Clomid are generally very good. Between 70% and 90% of women using Clomid will ovulate within the first three cycles. Although the pregnancy success rates of Clomid will vary according to a variety of factors, on average, about 40% of women will be able to successfully conceive within the first three months of using Clomid. The live birth rate for women using Clomid is estimated to be between 30% and 60%.