Womens Health

The Negative Effects Of Clomid

Clomid-The Panacea

Since it was first clinically introduced in 1967, Clomid (clomiphene) has become the most used and least expensive choice of medications for the treatment of infertility in women. Used primarily to induce ovulation, this hormonal drug is also prescribed to correct irregular ovulation, increase egg production and to correct luteal phase deficiency. Women with PCOS and other ovulatory dysfunctions are successfully treated with this drug.

When Cervical Mucus Turns On Sperm

If infertility in a couple lies in the fact that the woman is not ovulating regularly when other aspects of her menstrual cycle are normal, then Clomid is usually the first fertility drug prescribed. Sadly, many fertility specialists fail to recognize that infertility is as prevalent in men as it is in women and they issue the drug before checking the man's fertility. If a woman is not monitored properly when taking Clomid, she may suffer some serious side effects. One-third of women taking the drug without monitoring experience hostile cervical mucus wherein the sperm are killed on contact with the cervical mucus.

It is important that a postcoital test (PCT) be done after placing a woman on clomiphene (Clomid). This is necessary to check the woman's cervical mucus while she is on clomiphene, since 25 percent or more of women who take this drug develop cervical mucus problems. It is also important for a woman to monitor her own cervical mucus production while she is trying to conceive and while she is on Clomid.

Clomid And Endometrial Thinning

Another negative effect of Clomid is endometrial thinning. Clomid is an anti-estrogen, which means that it can block the stimulation of estrogen on the endometrium and consequently cause the lining to become thin. Even after cessation of usage, one of the isomers in Clomid remains in the body for up to six weeks, taking its toll on estrogen stimulation. Should a woman remain on Clomid for more than three months, she will undoubtedly experience uterine lining thinning.

Women who are over the age of 40 rarely, if ever, conceive a pregnancy while on Clomid. The reason for this is that the uterine lining thins naturally as she ages and Clomid exacerbates this thinning. Clomid can, in fact, reverse its fertility aspect and act as a contraceptive after three months of continual use, regardless of the age or ovarian response of the woman. Clomid must be discontinued for a period of at least six weeks in order to eliminate all of the anti-estrogen isomer from the body.

Women who are prescribed Clomid for infertility issues should be monitored in order to ensure maximum efficacy of the drug and to protect her against possible side effects such as those described here.

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