Using Clomid to Help Get Pregnant can lead to Birth Defects

In 1967 Clomid hit the market. This fertility drug has helped thousands, if not millions, of women become pregnant. Unfortunately, the drug has some serious side effects. It has been discovered that taking Clomid increases the risk of having a child born with birth defects. This side effect was never fully disclosed by those who made and manufactured the drug.

Effectiveness of Clomid

The drug itself is actually very effective. Women who are having trouble conceiving often turn to fertility drugs to help the process. This particular drug works in those women who cannot become pregnant due to the fact that they don’t ovulate. The drug boasts that 80% of those taking the drug begin to ovulate, and 25% become pregnant within 6 cycles. The drug does not, however, tell how dangerous it is to the unborn child.

The Risk of Birth Defects

Most women will be able to stop taking the drug when they become pregnant. However, there are many who do not realize they have conceived, and continue to take Clomid in the first part of their pregnancy. These women are more likely to have a child born with birth defects such as:

• Anencephaly – Little to no brain development
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Blindness
• Clubfoot
• Down’s syndrome
• Heart Defects
• Oral Clefts
• Penoscrotal Hypospadias
• More

The worst part is that the drug has never included the warning that these defects are more likely to happen after taking Clomid.

FDA Petitions to Include a Warning

In 2007 there was a citizen petition to include a warning about the risk of birth defects. That petition was denied in 2009.

In 2009 an appeal was made, once again asking for a warning label to be included on this drug. The FDA has not responded to the appeal, and in fact says the risk of birth defects is within the range for the general population.

However, a study done by the Centers for Disease Control in 2011 shows that there is a significant increase in risk.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have used Clomid, and your child was born with birth defects, you may be able to file a Clomid lawsuit. Contact a personal injury attorney today to learn more about your free initial consultation, and how you may be able to collect compensation to cover medical expenses and other damages.