What are your chances of becoming pregnant with twins on Clomid?

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One of the main concerns that a woman has when she is taking fertility drugs is the chances that she has of having twins. This is one of the first questions that women who begin taking fertility drugs will ask their doctor and if you have begun taking the popular drug, Clomid, it is also one that has likely crossed your mind as well.

It is true that one of the side effects of Clomid is that women have a higher chance of becoming pregnant with twins. However, that chance is only increased by a minimal amount. For most women, the chance of becoming pregnant while on Clomid is low and the chance of them becoming pregnant with twins only raises a slight amount.

1. What is Clomid

When women first visit their doctor complaining about issues with fertility, they are most often offered Clomid to begin with. Clomid mimics estrogen in the body and is so successful at it that the body will think that it is the real thing. The drug works to make ovulation occur at a regular pace.

When-women-first-visit-their-doctor-complaining-about-issues-with-fertility-they-are-most-often-offered-ClomidAnother benefit of taking Clomid is that healthy eggs will be produced. For women who are having issues with ovulation, Clomid is extremely helpful because it can help ovulation begin regularly and help make it easier for a woman to track.

2. What does it do?

When women begin taking Clomid, their bodies are encouraged to produce healthy, mature eggs. Estrogen is also increased and, throughout the process, multiple eggs can be released at one.

This will increase the chance of becoming pregnant with fraternal twins because there is a possibility that more than one egg will be fertilized when the sperm reaches it. However, Clomid does not raise the chances of having identical twins because they are born when one egg splits in two.

clomid-increase-the-chance-of-becoming-pregnant-with-fraternal-twinsWhen taking Clomid, women will usually take between 59 mg and 200 mg for five to nine days. This will help them to ovulate and has been shown to help women with issues like PCOS and other disorders that can prevent them from ovulating regularly.

3. Twin Chances

For any normal pregnancy, there is about a one to three percent chance that a woman will become pregnant with twins. However, if a woman is taking Clomid, her chances of becoming pregnant increase to around seven or eight percent. Even though these increased chances of twins are minor, many couples still are concerned with the chances even though for most, the worry is not necessary.

if-a-woman-is-taking-Clomid-her-chances-of-becoming-pregnant-increase-to-around-seven-or-eight-percentThere are a number of reasons that couples have twins other than taking fertility drugs. Many women are already at an increased chance of having twins because they occur in their family on a regular basis. Older women or a woman is heavier, also have an increased chance of conceiving twins. When a couple becomes pregnant with twins, it is likely that there is a combination of factors coming into play rather than simply taking fertility drugs.

4. Conclusion

Clomid can easily increase your chances of becoming pregnant and while it is natural to think about the increased chance of becoming pregnant with twins, you can probably put that worry aside. Everyone’s body works differently and therefore everyone will react differently when they begin taking a fertility drug like Clomid. Clomid has many benefits for women who are struggling to become pregnant and most are willing to put aside the fear of side effects so that they will be able to become pregnant.

Everyones-body-works-differently-and-therefore-everyone-will-react-differently-when-they-begin-taking-a-fertility-drug-like-ClomidIf you are looking to have twins, Clomid will improve your chances and taking this fertility drug is sometimes something that couples try when they are looking to have twins. Twins can be a wonderful addition to the family, and are preferable to many families. However, unless you have a medical condition, it is not likely that a doctor will prescribe Clomid to increase your chances of having twins.

Before you begin taking Clomid, it is important that you discuss the side effects that are related to taking the fertility drug with your doctor. Aside from having an increased chance of having twins, there are other items that you should be aware of as well and you should make sure to talk them over with your doctor in advance.

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Larissa Belanger, RN

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.