Clomid Side Effects

Clomid Side Effects: Real Women Tell It Like It Is

In Fertility by The Modern Belly

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When my doctor first prescribed Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate), I asked him if there are any side effects I should be aware of. “You’ll be at a greater risk of having twins”, he said, “but other than that, not really.” The warning on the box, however, told a different story, with a long list of potential Clomid side effects. So when the headaches, hot flashes and moodiness started, I wasn’t really surprised. I couldn’t help but wonder: was I the exception or the rule?

To find out what the most common Clomid side effects were, I decided to do a small research project. I randomly selected posts of 100 women who discussed Clomid side effects on the message forums of Baby Center and The Bump. Only six of these women reported that they didn’t experience anything at all, suggesting that indeed, some side effects are to be expected. Of course, this data set may be biased as women who experienced side effects are more likely to post about it online, yet the large number of women who were affected by the pill suggests that side effects are relatively common. In fact, the majority of women in the data set experienced 2-3 side effects, and a quarter suffered from 4 or more.

Clomid Side Effects Mini InfographicSo what should you expect if you’re taking Clomid? The most common complaints were hot flashes (60% of women), mood swings (44%) and headaches (31%), so it is quite likely you’ll be dealing with at least one of those. Generally, those side effects are mild and do not interfere too much with women’s daily lives, but some have a worse experience than others. Clomid is one of those pills that can make us a little, um, unpredictable. After all, flushing and alternating mood swings don’t bring out the best in people. My husband and I usually get along great, and yet we had a fight that I completely blame on Clomid. I would suggest you warn your loved ones in advance…

But the fun doesn’t end here. There are a variety of Clomid side effects that were reported by at least 10 women, including bloating, cramping during ovulation, nausea, and restless sleep that could also lead to fatigue and exhaustion. Clomid also dries up some women’s cervical mucus and could cause vaginal itching. Less common side effects include bad dreams, dizziness, sore breasts and decreased appetite.

Serious side effects are not common but important to note. Six women experienced blurry vision, two suffered from ovarian cysts and another one had thinning of the uterine lining. Clomid can also cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), a condition in which the ovaries swell and in rare cases leak fluid into the stomach, chest or heart area. If you develop severe pain in the lower abdomen, excessive weight gain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, small amounts of dark urine, extreme thirst, red and swollen legs, or difficulty breathing, contact your doctor immediately, as these may be signs that you have severe OHSS.

Do many Clomid side effects sound familiar? I bet they do, because they are so similar to pregnancy symptoms. Don’t let that fool you – I can speak from experience when I say that it is really disappointing when you find out that all those early signs of pregnancy were in fact just lingering effects of Clomid. The only way to know for sure that you are pregnant, especially when you’re on Clomid, is to take a pregnancy test. Clomid is a great fertility drug and helped many women ovulate and get pregnant, but it’s by no means a “magic pill” that works for everyone. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Clomid will induce ovulation in about 80% of women, and between a third and two-thirds of those will get pregnant within 3-6 cycles. Personally, I took Clomid three times and ovulated every time, but I didn’t get pregnant. My doctor decided to take me off the pill after its impact started to wear off by the third cycle. So if you’re taking Clomid, keep your hopes high, but be prepared to see a single line on your pregnancy test.

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