What is Clomid?
Clomid (clomiphene) is a non-steroidal fertility medicine. It causes the pituitary gland to release hormones needed to stimulate ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary).
Clomid is used to cause ovulation in women with certain medical conditions (such as polycystic ovary syndrome) that prevent naturally occurring ovulation.
Clomid may also be used during an IUI (intrauterine insemination) procedure. It is rarely used during IVF treatment. With IVF, injectable ovulation medications are more frequently chosen.
Why has my doctor recommended Clomid?
Clomid can be helpful for those trying to get pregnant who have any of the following problems:
- 1 Irregular Ovulation: It is difficult to conceive when a woman's cycles are so erratic that she can't be sure when she is ovulating. When active, the use of Clomid should produce a predictable ovulatory response to allow for timed intercourse or intrauterine insemination.
- 2 "Male Factor" fertility problems: When there is a problem with the semen quality, sometimes your physician may recommend intrauterine insemination to maximize the chance of pregnancy. Clomid can be used to help improve the timing of the inseminations with the woman's cycle.
- 3 Unexplained Infertility: Clomid has also been shown to be effective in increasing pregnancy rates in healthy young couples that have had an entirely regular fertility evaluation, but still are having trouble getting pregnant.
What it looks like
Clomid tablets are white with a score line and marked Clomid and 50 on the scored side. The 50mg strength is available in boxes of 10 tablets.
Each Clomid tablet contains clomiphene citrate (50mg), sucrose, lactose, maize starch, and magnesium stearate.
Clomid does not contain tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
When It's Clomid Used.
If a woman has irregular cycles, or anovulatory cycles (menstruation without ovulation), Clomid may be tried first. Clomid is often used in treating polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) related infertility.