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Understanding Clomid and Gonadotropin Therapy

If you’re facing infertility, chances are that fertility drugs will figure into your treatment somehow. Clomid and gonadotropin therapy are two common fertility drugs that are successful for many couples. Could these fertility treatments help you conceive? Here are the facts you need to know.


Clomiphene citrate, commonly known as Clomid, is a fertility drug that helps to stimulate egg recruitment and ovulation if you are not ovulating regularly. Clomid can also be taken by men for infertility issues. This oral medication is usually a first-line treatment for infertility caused by ovulation issues. Clomid is well-tolerated by most people, although there are some potential side effects. Hot flashes and nausea are the most common side effects, though visual disturbances are also possible. In a small number of cases, hyperstimulation of the ovaries is also possible. In about 10 percent of cases, patients using Clomid conceive multiples. Sometimes, fertility specialists recommend combining Clomid therapy with timed intercourse. In other instances, Clomid is used in conjunction with intrauterine inseminations.

Gonadotropin Therapy

Gonadotropins are injectable infertility drugs that contain follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and/or luteinizing hormone (LH). These drugs stimulate egg recruitment and increase the number of eggs released by your ovaries. One risk of gonadotropin use is multiple gestations.  Side effects of gonadotropin therapy can be a little tougher to manage than Clomid. Headaches and abdominal pain are common complaints. Women must be closely monitored for hyperstimulation of the ovaries. Men undergoing gonadotropin therapy may experience breast enlargement, which is temporary. The most concerning risk is miscarriage. Your fertility doctor can help you manage the risk and monitor your symptoms.

Are you facing a fertility issue? Dallas IVF is here to help. Our fertility experts’ success rates are among the highest in the nation. Call our Dallas fertility clinic today at (214) 297-0020.


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