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There are many different fertility drugs which can be used to induce ovulation in an infertile woman, one of the most effective being Clomid. Because of its history, the drug is commonly used as the first line treatment to induce a regular ovulation pattern in women. The medication works in the brain where it competes with estrogen and stimulates the pituitary gland to manufacture follicle stimulating hormones (FHS), which in turn aids ovulation. Clomid treatment is designed to help establish normal ovulation and does not stimulate the production of multiple eggs, like some other fertility drugs.

Once a woman has an established ovulation pattern, there is no need to increase the dose of Clomid. Most research studies have shown that the drug is so effective, most cases of conception happen within the first three months of use, but the drug is not recommended for use longer than six months. Clomid also comes with some side effects for the user which can include; multiple births, diminishment in quality of cervical mucus, breast tenderness, ovarian overstimulation, vision disturbances and nausea. Any woman taking Clomid will be given a complete medical evaluation and fertility work-up prior to beginning a regimen of the drug. The medical examination is done in order to make sure the woman does not have any other fertility problems such as lack of ovulation, endometriosis, fallopian tube blockage, cervical issues or anything else. Clomid was one of the very first fertility drugs to be introduced into the United States and in the beginning was used as birth control.

Some obstetricians/gynecologists will prescribe long-term Clomid treatment for those women that ovulate normally, but are still otherwise unable to conceive. Clomid treatment usually begins as a 50 mg daily starting within the first three or five days of the menstrual cycle. A woman will also receive medical ultrasound during this time to determine that the drug is working effectively. If 50 mg Clomid dose is not effective, a fertility specialist will likely increase the dose to 100 or 150 mg. The drug is generally tolerated well by most women, but with an increased dose there can be more powerful side effects and no increase in efficacy. Clomid is a miracle in the world of infertility and when used correctly the drug can make the dream of getting pregnant and parenthood come true for many couples.

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