Using Clomid with regular ovulation: Multiples?

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When women are struggling to become pregnant and visit with their doctor about how they can improve their chances of becoming pregnant, one of the most common fertility drugs that is likely to be prescribed is Clomid. Clomid is one of the few oral medications that can be taken to help aid with a woman’s ability to become pregnant and has a fairly high success rate.

1. When is Clomid Used?

One of the most common issues that a woman has when she is struggling to become pregnant is the fact that her ovulation cycle is either non-existent or she is struggling with it becoming irregular. Clomid has been specifically formulated to help a woman’s ovulation cycle become more regulated and make it more likely that she will be able to become pregnant.

Clomid-has-been-specifically-formulated-to-help-a-womans-ovulation-cycle-become-more-regulatedHowever, there are circumstances when a doctor may prescribe Clomid for women who are having their ovulation cycle. For example, some women who are ovulating have a difficult time tracking it because it is irregular. By taking Clomid, you are forcing your body to ovulate at a particular time and will know when to have intercourse based on this information.

2. Can it Be Used while you are Ovulating?

Many doctors will prescribe Clomid to a woman who is ovulating regularly but is still having a difficult time becoming pregnant. It is believed that women who begin taking Clomid and are ovulating will see an improvement to the quality of their eggs as well.

Many-doctors-will-prescribe-Clomid-to-a-woman-who-is-ovulating-regularly-but-is-still-having-a-difficult-time-becoming-pregnantFor this reason, many doctors may suggest they take the drug Clomid in order to improve their chances of becoming pregnant even though they are ovulating at the time. Other women begin taking Clomid if they have other issues, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome. It has been shown to help is with this issue as well.

3. Side Effects

One of the concerns that many women have who are taking Clomid is the increased risk of certain side effects; one of which is increased chance that a pregnancy work results in the twins or multiples. During a normal pregnancy, there is approximately is a 1% to 3% chance that a woman will become pregnant with twin.

Clomid-can-encourage-a-woman-to-hyper-ovulate-meaning-that-she-will-be-more-likely-to-have-a-pregnancy-that-results-in-the-birth-of-multiple-childrenWhen she begins using Clomid, there is a greater chance that twins will occur, but the risk is only slightly higher than her natural chances of becoming pregnant with them. Clomid can encourage a woman to hyper-ovulate meaning that she will be more likely to have a pregnancy that results in the birth of multiple children.

4. The Difference Between Twins

When women become pregnant with twins, there are two types that can be conceived. The first is fraternal twins. This is what is affected by fertility drugs and family history. With fraternal twins, two eggs are released and are both fertilized by sperm. This can also occur with in vitro fertilization if more than one embryo is implanted back into the woman’s uterus.

Identical-twins-are-another-option-for-women-who-become-pregnant-with-twinsIdentical twins are another option for women who become pregnant with twins. This is not affected by things such as fertility drugs and family history because it occurs when one single egg splits in two and both sets become fertilized, resulting in multiple pregnancies. Most often, even if you have been taking fertility drugs,  when you become pregnant with identical twins, it is likely that you would have found yourself pregnant with them anyway.

5. Conclusion

In general, Clomid can help improve a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant with twins because it will encourage her to release more than one egg when she ovulates. However, the chances of becoming pregnant with twins when she is already ovulating are not really changed if she is already ovulating. This means that if you are ovulating and taking Clomid, you will probably have about the same chance of becoming pregnant with twins as if you were having issues with your ovulation cycle.

Taking Clomid is something that many women have done in the past. While it does increase your chances of having twins or multiple births, this only occurs in a few cases and most women do not need to worry about the risk of having twins while they take Clomid. More than likely, women who become pregnant with twins have multiple reasons that may be causing them to conceive more than baby at the same time.


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Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.