Clomid is a popular fertility drug that has helped a lot of women become pregnant when they were previously unable to do so. However, it was not always this way. In fact, the drug started out completely separate from helping women to conceive.
About 50 years ago a drug was discovered. The idea for this drug was to help women who suffer from infrequent menstruation. The drug was designed to even out their period cycles so that they were having a sufficient number of cycles every year. Without enough cycles, the risk of suffering from various forms of cancer is increased dramatically.
Through a lot of study, and many different trials, the drug hit the market. Women flocked to it because it helped them to be regular on their periods, and they could better judge when their next cycle would be. However, shortly after hitting the market it was discovered that this drug not only evened out the cycles, but it helped women to ovulate. Ovulation, or the preparing of eggs for fertilization, is a key component in becoming pregnant.
The drug changed its marketing focus. Instead of focusing on the infrequent menstruation, it now focused on women who were struggling to become pregnant. It went through a series of ups and downs, but over the past several decades it has been an incredibly popular fertility drug. It has one serious downside though.
Taking this drug during pregnancy can lead to severe birth defects. Now one may wonder why you would take a fertility drug during pregnancy, and the answer is that most people dont know the instant they become pregnant. For a couple that is trying to get pregnant, they expect that every attempt will come back negative. This means that the mother-to-be keeps taking the drug so that its effects are maximized. Only after a few weeks of being pregnant will she realize she is with child, and discontinues the drug. By then it may be too late.
In 2005 the Centers for Disease Control did a study that looked at women who used Clomid. The results were that women who took Clomid 2 months before to one month after conception had a significantly increased risk of bearing a child with birth defects. These defects, such as heart conditions and anencephaly (lack of brain development), almost always prove fatal.
Despite the fact that there are studies showing the increased risk of defect, there are still no warnings that are required on the Clomid label that state taking this fertility drug can lead to birth defects.