Embarking on the journey to parenthood can be an emotional rollercoaster, and for some, the road to conception may require a little extra help. CLOMID® (clomiPHENE citrate), a commonly prescribed fertility medication, can aid in stimulating ovulation and increasing the chances of getting pregnant. It can be especially helpful for women with irregular periods or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as it offers a safe, effective, and low-cost option prior to considering fertility treatments like IUI or IVF. 

Still, while you may have heard of Clomid, in this article we'll explore what exactly Clomid is, why it’s a treatment option to consider, and where and how to obtain it (with the help of your trusted healthcare provider, of course).  

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So, what is Clomid?

Clomid is a brand name for the generic medication clomiphene citrate. It’s taken orally in the form of tablets and is often prescribed in the treatment of infertility, specifically in women who have difficulty ovulating or have irregular menstrual cycles. 

Clomid acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, stimulating the release of hormones like GnRH, FSH, and LH, which promote ovarian follicle development and ovulation. Often considered first-line therapy for ovarian stimulation in women with PCOS, Clomid is relatively inexpensive, easy to take (as a pill only), and has about an 80% success rate in triggering ovulation.

Clomid is typically used alongside cycle monitoring for optimal timing of intercourse or assisted reproductive technologies like intrauterine insemination (IUI). 

If you’re considering Clomid on your fertility journey, there are a few boxes you need to check off: 

Consult with an OB/GYN or fertility specialist

If you’ve been struggling to conceive or have irregular or absent periods, a good first step is to consult with your OB/GYN or fertility specialist. These healthcare professionals have the expertise to evaluate your unique set of circumstances and determine whether or not Clomid is an appropriate treatment option for you. They can also help you understand any potential risks and side effects associated with the medication, monitor your response, and adjust your dosage as needed.  

In general, though, Clomid is often considered as a first line of defense before more invasive and expensive fertility treatments like IUI or IVF, since it can effectively induce ovulation and increase the chances of conception in some individuals and couples with infertility. So if your provider hasn’t brought it up, it’s definitely worth asking about. 

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Get a prescription

Clomid is a prescription-only medication, which means you cannot buy it over the counter. Your doctor will need to assess your medical history, perform any necessary tests, and provide you with a prescription if they believe Clomid is the right choice for your fertility treatment. 

Where can I get Clomid?

Once you have a prescription for Clomid, you have several options for obtaining the medication:

GoodRx (and your local pharmacy)

One of the most straightforward ways to get Clomid is to visit your local pharmacy after obtaining a prescription from your healthcare provider. 

Pro money-saving tip: Visit GoodRx.com and type in Clomid under the medication button. Scroll down, and you will see pharmacies that are near your home and the associated savings program card. You can get a savings card from either www.myclomid.com or www.goodrx.com and go to any pharmacy (retail or independent) to get your Clomid prescription filled.  

As always, it’s essential to choose a reputable pharmacy with a knowledgeable and supportive staff to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Specialty fertility pharmacies

Some fertility clinics and insurance companies work with specialty fertility pharmacies, making it convenient for patients to fill their Clomid prescriptions. While this option can be more expensive than local or mail-order online pharmacies, it may provide the added benefit of specialized fertility care and guidance throughout your treatment journey. 

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Mail-order pharmacies

Clomid Delivers Mail-order pharmacy offers the convenience of having your Clomid prescription delivered to your doorstep. You can find it at www.myclomid.com

Safety considerations

When taking Clomid, it’s important to always follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Never exceed the prescribed dosage or duration of treatment. Inform your doctor of any existing medical conditions, allergies, or other medications you are taking. And be aware of potential side effects, which may include enlarged ovaries, hot flashes, abdominal pain, discomfort, and bloating. Other possible side effects include breast discomfort, headaches, blurred vision, and abnormal uterine bleeding, according to myclomid.com. Be sure to contact your doctor immediately if you experience any unusual or severe side effects.

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We also recommend asking your care team about monitoring your ovulation and fertility progress under their guidance. This will help ensure that Clomid is working effectively for you. 

Navigating fertility treatments can be challenging, but Clomid can be a low-cost and effective way to dip your toe into the world of assisted reproduction. With the guidance of a trusted OB/GYN or fertility specialist, you can acquire the medication through GoodRx, your local pharmacy, or a mail-order pharmacy, depending on your individual preferences and circumstances. And remember: Your healthcare team is there to support you throughout your fertility journey. With the right treatment and support, your dreams of parenthood can become a reality. 

For important safety information visit myClomid.com.

Kristyn Hodgdon is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Rescripted.