7 Things that Clomid Can Do to You
So, if you just started with Clomid or planning to start and wanted to know what to expect, you are in the right place. You can also check out my post about my first experience with IUI.
Clomid is also known as Clomiphene is a drug that helps combat infertility caused by PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Disease), or any unexplained infertility. It helps trigger ovulation by stimulating the pituitary gland to release hormones. Clomid sends a signal to the pituitary gland that there is the lack of estrogen. The gland will then release hormones (FSH and LH) to stimulate the ovaries, causing ovulation. It is usually the first line of treatment by fertility specialists.
But as with every drug, Clomid has its side effects. Before I started Clomid, I wanted to know what to expect to help me prepare. I researched and found a LONG list of side effects. If you were searching for Clomid side effects, you probably know what I am talking about.
However, everyone reacts differently with Clomid. Some will experience some of the side effects or even none of them. After going through 3 cycles of Clomid, I noticed none of the cycles were the same. But there are symptoms that were consistent during my cycle. The 7 symptoms listed below are the ones I experienced during. Some present during the second and third but not all.
These are psychological or emotional side effects. Remember when you have your PMS, your mood changes, you become irritable, emotional and even depressed. With Clomid, all these behavior intensifies. During my first cycle, I got very emotional. I cried or got mad over stupid kind of stuff. I even picked fights with my husband. Luckily, we already discussed the side effects before so he understood. He just let me be. Boy, I was a crazy woman. I have heard more horrible stories that the mood swings are severe enough to cause divorce. So, before you start your Clomid, get your husband in the loop.
Hot flashes with Clomid is more like experiencing menopause as they say. You get warm suddenly and then back to normal. I had my fair share of hot flashes that I think I already how menopause will feel like. I was sweaty especially at night and I was flushed all the time. Not fun at all.
I did not get headaches during all my cycles. I only had it during my second cycle. It felt more like a migraine. And since Ibuprofen was found to interfere with ovulation, I can only take Tylenol to ease the pain.
This was a terrible symptom and affected my productivity at work. I started feeling tired after lunch and it will continue until the afternoon. I could barely open my eyes and boy, was I yawning. If I can, I could fall asleep anywhere.
Clomid causes ovulation of one or more eggs which causes discomfort in the pelvic area. I usually felt the cramping towards the end of the dose. It is more like menstrual cramps, felt at the lowest part of the pelvis.
Coupled with nausea, I also felt light headed. It randomly happens throughout the day but not to the point that I threw up.
Breast tenderness is not only a sign of pregnancy or pre-AF, it is also a symptom of Clomid. I had breast tenderness on all my 3 cycles but not as bad. Some claims that the tenderness can be severe that they cannot even wear a bra.
According to my doctor, one of the ways to decrease or manage the side effects of Clomid is to take it at night.
Clomid can help women ovulate and eventually conceive, have twins or even triplets. However, it is never easy. But I guess we have to deal with it. We have a greater goal and achieving a goal is never easy. On the other hand, take note that these are just temporary. It will stop once it is out of your system.
Have you used Clomid before? What side effects did you feel?