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clomid and birth defects

By January 3, 2011 - 12:48pm
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i got pregnant this month, now 7 weeks along and was on clomid, 100 mg. I unfortunatley just read online that it can cause birth defects. I wasn't the best at taking my prenatals while ttc. I would refill the rx every 6 weeks, so it took me 6 weeks to take 30 pills.
can you please let me know any information on this. I don't know why it would say all this online when I am sure a lot of OB's give this to patients who aren't having good ovulations.

thank you

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Hi,my doctor prescribed clomid for me to start on the second day of my period,for 5 days,iam having problem conceiving, we tried for 5 months naturally without success,I have irregular period and iam 38,I fear that by taking clomid my baby may have some deformity,but after reading the comment of alison beaver I got relief,your comment helped me in knowing what clomid is and how it works,thank you Alison I will start my clomid dosage next week.

June 14, 2016 - 7:13am
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I am also not sure of whether I should take clomid. I have been reading a lot about it and the birth defects are scaring me. The FDA classifies the drug as type X meaning that they have found significant findings of birth defects that are caused by this drug. Along with many other articles stating that their are possibilities of 36 defects your child can have by taking this drug. I have also done some exploring with those who have taken this drug and one couple had a healthy babies while the another family had quads and all of the children have some disability. I am scared and really dont know whether this drug is for me especially if I have a child the may have a severe disability.

August 9, 2011 - 8:36pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I took clomid to get pregnant and now I have healthy and happy 2 month old boy.

March 6, 2016 - 6:42pm
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Because she has always had problems with her periods, sometimes not having one for six months or more at a time, the Gyno advised her to start taking the pills the next day, without waiting for her period.

June 26, 2011 - 12:40am
HERWriter Guide

Shamy - Clomid is the brand name for the drug clomiphene, which is used to treat ovulatory dysfunction in women who want to become pregnant. The prescribing information, and the patient information which is required by law by the Food and Drug Administration is very clear that this drug should not be used during pregnancy.

Obviously you should not be taking this drug, and if you have concerns you need to discuss them with your doctor. You can find more information at this link: http://www.drugs.com/pregnancy/clomiphene.html

The following link will help you in understanding other drug interactions and contraindications while pregnant: http://www.drugs.com/pregnancy/

Take care,

January 3, 2011 - 4:01pm
(reply to Pat Elliott)

Thank you. I didn't take it while pregnant I took it to become pregnant. Sorry if I didn't say that the first time. I took it sayd 5-9 or my cycle when I was trying to get pregnant. It worked on the 3rd month. Doesn't make sense that something to help you get pregnant shouldn't be taken to help you get pregnant?

January 3, 2011 - 4:38pm
(reply to shamy)

Hi shamy,
The information for Clomid very specifically says that Clomid may cause birth defects IF taken during pregnancy. It is a highly successful drug that helps stimulate the ovaries to induce ovulation, and is said to act similarly to estrogen.

Don't worry---there are many drugs prescribed to women that are safe for use to become pregnant, but not during pregnancy. Your body changes once you become pregnant, and the drugs can pass to the baby. Your doctor most likely was keeping close tabs on you, and you had very specific prescription on when to take Clomid. It takes a woman's body 10-14 days after ovulation to become pregnant (fertilized egg to implant), so there is a lot of "wiggle room". You also are not harming your baby if you forget to take some prenatal vitamins!

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Would you like more information on moving forward through your pregnancy (to stop feeling guilty for what you did/did not do perfectly to become pregnant). Ask any pregnancy-related questions you have!

January 4, 2011 - 10:33am
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

I would like some information on what types of birth defects are caused by taking Clomid whilst pregnant. A family member was trying to fall pregnant several months after having given birth to her first child, as she wanted the children to be close together. After three months of trying (approx 9 months after giving birth) she had still not fallen pregnant, so went to see an OBGYN who referred her to another OBGYN who specialises in fertility. This doctor put my family member on Clomid to help with ovulation without doing any prior testing, even though he was aware that she had been trying to fall pregnant for several months and that she had also had a previous successful pregnancy. After she took the clomid she discovered that she was in fact already pregnant but hadn't been aware at the time of taking the pills. The baby has now been born and is having problems feeding and has only put on 150gm in seven weeks. She is undergoing tests at the moment for neurological problems. I would really like to know if this could be related to the taking of clomid whilst she was pregnant

June 22, 2011 - 11:17pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

She got pregnant the month she took clomid? What days of her cycle did she take it?

June 23, 2011 - 2:56pm
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