Clomid is a pill that is often the first step in the treatment of infertility. Clomid is usually taken to either help women ovulate or to boost fertility by inducing superovulation. In a normal menstrual cycle one egg is produced and released (ovulated). Clomid can lead to the development of multiple eggs (superovulation) in one cycle. This enhances fertility because instead of having only one egg mature there may be one, two, three or even more eggs that develop. In general, the more eggs that develop the better the chance of having a baby.
Clomid is often used to treat women with PCOS or irregular menstrual cycles. It can also be used as part of a mini stimulation IVF cycle.
While many patients are successful in achieving pregnancy with the assistance of Clomid, there is an increased risk of multiples. The increased number of eggs that develop result in an increased chance of multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets or even more). Because multiple pregnancy is a higher risk pregnancy we try to decrease the risk of multiples as much as possible. For most women, the chance of twins is around 5-8% and the risk of triplets or more is about 1%.
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