Of all the fertility drugs being prescribed today, Clomid is the most popular. For one thing, Clomid is inexpensive. Also, since it comes in oral form, it's a breeze to use. However, that doesn't mean that Clomid is for everyone. The drug is meant to treat fertility problems related to ovulation, be it irregular, too infrequent, or nonexistent. Clomid is also useful for women suffering from the ovulatory disorder known as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
Clomid is quite the trickster, making your body think that your estrogen levels have dropped. What this does is signal your brain to give off more gonadotropin releasing hormone which triggers the production of luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone. These are the hormones that prod the body into ovulating at mid-cycle. This type of manipulation of the menstrual cycle with medication is known as ovulation induction.
Though Clomid is drug of the month among the infertile, alternative treatments are also in vogue. But the medical community is concerned that women may not inform their physicians about their use of alternative treatments and supplements they may use in tandem with the more traditional, Western medicines. At least one of the most popular fertility herbs, chasteberry, also known as vitex agnus castus, is contraindicated for use at the same time as Clomid. Please tell your physician about any and all alternative treatments you may be using.
One important problem that is common with Clomid is that it tends to either reduce the amount of cervical mucus or cause a thickening of the mucus so that it becomes hostile to the sperm. Sperm can't make its way through the over-thickened mucus. If there is a reduction in cervical mucus, there will also be vaginal dryness which can make it hard for a couple to make love because of female discomfort.
Fertile cervical mucus is integral to conception. After a man ejaculates, his sperm must journey into the cervix and on through to the fallopian tube if fertilization of an egg is to take place. Both the amount and thickness of the cervical mucus has an important impact on the sperms' ability to swim and get to its final destination: the woman's waiting egg.
Most vaginal lubricants make intercourse more comfortable but their chemical makeup is such that they damage sperm or act as an obstacle between the sperm and the cervix. So, using these types of lubricants, while well-intentioned, may actually worsen the problem. But there is one type of personal lubricant that has been designed to imitate, as much as possible, a woman's fertile cervical mucus. This lubricant, available in many drugstores, is known as Pre-Seed.