What Are 3 Things I Should Know About Clomid?

There are some helpful tips, pros and cons, to know about Clomid if you are thinking about taking this drug to try and become pregnant. Here’s my story. 

My journey through infertility in the early years was difficult. Mostly because of the ups and downs of hoping for a pregnancy that never came. Eleven years and one adoption later, a lot has changed. But some things haven’t. I am still very much in tune with the disappointment and heartache of longing for a baby.

I was given a diagnosis of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) based on inconclusive ultrasound findings, from a fertility specialist who swore like a trucker and rushed from one appointment to the next with what seemed like the sensitivity of a bull in a china shop. Years later, we got a second opinion, had a laparoscopy, and discovered that there was absolutely nothing wrong with me (at least reproductively!).

Before that time though, I was prescribed a couple different medications. Clomid being one of them. Here’s three things to keep in mind when considering if Clomid is right for you.

It is one of the most cost-effective infertility treatments available.

It is well known that fertility treatments like IVF are extremely expensive. Many can’t afford such a significant investment–no matter how much they may want to. But Clomid is an inexpensive treatment with decent success rates.

 

It can increase your chances of pregnancy. But it’s not a guarantee.

Clomid is a drug that helps induce ovulation which is helpful for women who are dealing with PCOS as well as unexplained infertility. The drug has about a 12% chance of leading to a pregnancy each month. This is about half of what the average couple can expect. So, these odds are considered good. Especially if you’re chances before taking the drug were virtually non-existent.

It can wreak havoc on your emotions

Clomid blocks your estrogen receptors so your body responds as if its estrogen levels are low. In almost half of all women who take Clomid this lends itself to anxiety and mood swings. My experience with mood swings and rage was horrific. After a few months, I didn’t even recognize the person I was.

Taking infertility medicine is a personal decision that needs to be considered thoughtfully. My relationship with my husband and other areas of my life mattered just as much as having a baby. So, in the end we decided not to continue Clomid.

I wish you all the best on your journey toward parenthood whichever direction you decide to take.