Clomid is the fertility drug most often prescribed today. The drug is inexpensive and easy to administer since it comes in oral form. However, it's not for everyone, but only for infertility caused by infrequent, irregular, or nonexistent ovulation (anovulation). Clomid acts to induce ovulation in women who suffer from ovulatory disorders such as PCOS, for instance.
Fools The Body
Clomid fools the body into thinking that estrogen levels are low and this signals the brain to release more Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone, which in turn helps to stimulate production of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. These are hormones which cause a woman to ovulate mid-cycle. This is called ovulation induction.
While Clomid is a popular fertility drug, alternative treatments are also popular and there is a concern that women may not consult their physicians about using herbal fertility supplements in conjunction with prescription medications like Clomid. One of the most common herbal fertility supplements, chasteberry, or vitex agnus castus, is contraindicated for use while undergoing treatment with Clomid. If you are considering the use of an herbal fertility supplement, make sure you discuss this with your doctor.
Another issue encountered with Clomid is its tendency to cause a decrease in the volume of cervical mucus produced or the production of thick cervical mucus that is hostile to sperm. Hostile cervical mucus creates a barrier to sperm transport and denies sperm the protective shield afforded by fertile cervical mucus. Women on Clomid tend to experience vaginal dryness which has an adverse affect on fertility and can cause discomfort during lovemaking.
The importance of fertile cervical mucus as an aid to conception cannot be underestimated. Once ejaculation occurs, the sperm must swim through the cervix to the fallopian tube in order that fertilization of the egg can take place. If there is not enough cervical mucus to help convey the sperm to their destination or the mucus is too thick and acts as a barrier, the sperm is not going to make that very necessary trip, making conception impossible.
Pre-Seed is a brand of personal lubricant developed to combat this problem, as it most closely resembles the natural cervical mucus and provides the best substitute for what is a vital factor in sperm transport. Other personal lubricants have been proven to cause damage or act as a barrier to sperm. That means that women who compensate for the decrease in cervical mucus caused by Clomid with the use of popular lubricants may even make things worse.