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How Long Can I Take Clomid?

The ovulation-stimulating drug Clomid is often used as a first-line fertility treatment for women who have been having trouble conceiving due to irregular or absent ovulation. While it’s a popular fertility drug, you shouldn’t plan on taking the drug indefinitely.

Many fertility doctors recommend you stay on Clomid no longer than six months. Clomid has an anti-estrogen effect, which can thin out your cervical mucus. This can make it more difficult for sperm to penetrate the womb. Plus, women who are likely to conceive on Clomid usually do so within the first three months, so staying on it longer doesn’t seem to bring additional benefit.

Also, there are some serious risks associated with prolonged use of the drug. Some research has indicated that Clomid use for greater than 12 months has been associated with an increased rate of ovarian tumors.

If you have not been successful after six months on Clomid, you and your fertility doctor may want to discuss other fertility treatment options. Many times, this will include injectable fertility drugs like FSH and LH, used in combination with intrauterine insemination (IUI) or IVF.

For more information on Clomid, check out this video with Dr. Eric Flisser of the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York:

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