Womens Health

Unpleasant Side Effects

Clomid (clomiphene citrate) is a popular fertility drug because it is both inexpensive and effective as an easy to take oral treatment for ovulatory disorders. However, like any medication, Clomid sometimes has side effects, some of them unpleasant, or even dangerous. While most people have no difficulties whatsoever while taking the drug, it's important to educate yourself about possible side effects. The good news is that most of the side effects seen with Clomid use are easy to treat.

Safe Drug

Clomid has been in use for quite some time and has undergone thorough testing with many, many participants. That means that doctors can state with every confidence that Clomid is a safe drug and that all possible side effects have been noted and well-documented.

What follows is a list of the side effects that are most often seen with Clomid use:

*Enlarged ovaries—seen in 13.6% of all cases

*Hot flashes—in as many as 10.4%

*Pain or bloating in the abdomen or pelvis— in 5.5%

*Nausea or vomiting— for 2.2% of all Clomid patients

*Tender breasts-2.1%


* Heavy menstrual periods or spotting in between periods—1.3%

Less Common

Some side effects are less common with Clomid and these are the side effects that possess the greater potential for danger. If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek advice from your physician:

*Vision changes

*Intense stomach pain

*Signs of allergic reaction, such as sudden rash, itching, hives, difficulty breathing or swallowing, wheezing, and swelling.

Dangerous Syndrome

The most dangerous side effect of Clomid use is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). In this condition, the ovaries become enlarged and pose the risk of ovarian rupture. The signs to watch for in this condition include:




*Weight gain

*Stomach pain

*Distended or swollen stomach

Should you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical help right away.

The last category of side effects to be seen with Clomid use are the rarest of the rare, occurring in less than 1% of all Clomid users. Because of the rarity of these side effects, it's difficult to even establish with any certainty that such symptoms arose in direct response to Clomid, as opposed to some other medication in use at the same time. These symptoms include:





*Increased appetite


*Nervous tension


*Vaginal dryness


*Weight loss

*Dry hair

*Hair loss

*Increased urination


There is no way to predict with any certainty whether you will or won't suffer any of the symptoms listed in this article while using Clomid. Most women have no side effects at all. If you're not sure whether or not you're experiencing a side effect, it's best to consult with your physician.

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