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WHAT IS CLOMIFENE?


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05/12/2010

WHAT IS CLOMIFENE?

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Written by: Kathryn Danzey

1. WHAT IS CLOMIFENE?

Clomifene is a mild fertility drug given to induce or enhance ovulation (i.e. to stimulate the ovary to produce an egg). “Clomifene Citrate” or “Clomid” refer to the same drug.


2. WHEN DO I TAKE IT?

Clomifene is prescribed for five consecutive days and is usually taken between day 2 and 6 of your cycle. Day 1 is counted as the first day of your period, the day you start to bleed.

3. WHAT IF MY CYCLE IS IRREGULAR?
If your cycle has been irregular in the past and you are not sure when your next period is due you may be given some tablets (progestogen) to “bring on” a period. When you have completed the course of progestogen tablets you will have a withdrawal bleed, similar to a period. The first day of this bleed can then be counted as day 1 of your cycle.

4. HOW MUCH SHOULD I TAKE?
The usual dose is 50 mg (one tablet) daily. You should take this at approximately the same time every day for the best result. The dose may be increased if your response is suboptimal.

5. HOW WILL I KNOW IF IT WORKS?
You may be asked to have a blood test during the cycle in which you take your clomifene. This is usually taken on day 21 and measures a hormone called progesterone. A level of 30 nmol/l or more indicates a good result, a level below 30 nmol/l suggests a suboptimal response. In the latter case, the dose of clomifene will be increased.

6. WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE A PERIOD AFTER TAKING CLOMIFENE?
If your period is more than one week late you should see your GP or contact Mr Li to arrange a pregnancy test. If you are not pregnant it is likely that you did not ovulate in this cycle.

7. WHAT IS THE CHANCE OF SUCCESS?
Approximately 80% of women prescribed clomifene will successfully ovulate and about 40% will become pregnant within 6-9 months.

8. ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
If you conceive with the help of clomifene there is a slightly increased chance (10%) of twins. Very rarely these tablets may cause headache, visual disturbances or abdominal pain. Should any of these occur it is advisable to stop taking the tablets and consult Mr Li or your GP.

Long term use of clomifene (more than 12 months) may be associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer but data on this is very preliminary.

Prof T C Li
Consultant Gynaecologist

7 Williamson Road

Sheffield S119AR

Tel: 0114 2550365

March 2007



About the Author

Kathryn Danzey
I have a passion to bring to you what really works in the beauty industry, from a moisturiser to the latest advanced treatment for anti ageing. After almost 4 decades in the industry I'm packed with info to share but never tire of looking for new things and would love you to share your experiences with us too. We're here to help you find that treatment or product that will make a change for you. Can't do without Moisturiser with sun protection, microdermabrasion and pedicures





 
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