by Corey Whelan
First Steps and Next Steps
For many women who are having trouble getting pregnant, the first medication prescribed for them will be an oral pill known as clomiphene citrate, known most commonly under its brand name, Clomid. While this medication proves to be highly effective for many women, others may find themselves taking Clomid for months on end, without success. So, how do you know when it is time to move on to other medications which might be more effective for you?
Clomid works by helping the brain to stimulate the ovaries, thus producing more eggs. It often proves helpful for women under the age of 38 who do not ovulate at all (anovulation) or, for women of that age group who need to enhance their fertility. Since Clomid does not stimulate the ovaries directly it is not as powerful as injected medications, known as gonadotropins. But for many women, it is often enough to do the trick.
But, here’s the thing. Clomid, unfortunately, can sometimes be an over-prescribed medication, even by doctors who care about you and have your best interests at heart. It is up to you to be proactive on your own behalf, and to make sure that you do not fall into the Clomid over-prescription cycle.
Want to learn more? Click here to read The AFA's Fact Sheet on Clomid.