Clomid is used to treat female infertility and works by stimulating the release of the hormones necessary for ovulation to occur. Clomid was approved by the FDA in 1967 and became the most popular fertility drug in the United States. There have been countless stories of women taking Clomid who have been able to have children after previously being infertile.

Clomid has been linked to serious side effects in a fetus, such as severe birth defects. Some of the defects that children have been born with have been potentially life-threatening. There have been reports of babies being born with open craniums and no brain, autism, closed esophagus, protruding intestines, brain defects, gastrointestinal defects and heart defects.

Women have also reported that their children were born with Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and palate and other defects.

Clomid has also been rated as a drug that has the highest risk toward pregnant patients. Doctors advise that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not take Clomid as it is known to cause birth defects to a fetus.

Serious Side Effects may include:

  • Allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Symptoms of OHSS include swelling of the hands or legs, abdominal pain and swelling, shortness of breath, weight gain, and nausea or vomiting. OHSS can be fatal.
  • Ovarian enlargement presenting as abdominal or pelvic pain, tenderness, pressure, or swelling
  • Flushing
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Breast tenderness or discomfort
  • Blurred vision or other visual disturbances
  • Headache
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Clomid may increase the likelihood of multiple births. Multiple births may carry additional risk both for the mother and for the fetuses.
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