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Friday, October 13, 2006

Clomid, a Fertile Option to Combat Female Infertility

Clomid, a Fertile Option to Combat Female Infertility

Author: Saurabh Verma

Clomid is the name of the "wonder" medication that helps infertile couples achieve pregnancy. Infertility is the condition that is understood as the inability to conceive normally. To provide much awaited relief to women suffering from this medical condition, the drug known as Clomid came to this world.

This infertility medication is chemically known as Clomiphene citrate. It is a hormone used to induce ovulation, to correct irregular ovulation, to increase egg production and to correct a condition known as luteal phase deficiency. Normal recommended dose is 59 mg to 200 mg, and taken for 5-9 days. This medication is among the most inexpensive fertility drugs.

This fertility medication is easily taken orally rather than by injection and is the first line drug used for ovulation induction in patients with PCOS and other ovulatory disorders. This medication is widely used for patients with luteal phase defect. It can also be used to assess ovarian reserve (the likelihood that a woman's ovaries can still produce viable eggs). Clomid is not useful for women whose ovaries have reached the end of their working life.

Clomid is a capable and complicated medication. This medication reacts with all of the tissues in the body that have estrogen receptors, such as the hypothalamus, pituitary, ovary, endometrium, vagina, and cervix. This fertility medication influences the way that the four hormones required for ovulation, GnRH, FSH, LH and estradiol, relate and interrelate.

How does clomid work? Up unti now no one has been able to understand the mechanisms by which this drug works. It appears that Clomid fools the body into believing that the estrogen levels are low. This altered feedback information causes the hypothalamus (an important part the brain) to make and release more gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) which in turn
causes the pituitary to make and release more FSH and LH. More follicle stimulating hormone and more luteinizing hormone should result in the release of one or more mature eggs - ovulation.

Just as women's bodies are different from one another, their reactions to Clomid vary tremendously. It was observed that some women have virtually no side effects. Others do, but they are more frequently related to emotions. Possible side effects of Clomid may include mood swings, hot flashes, breast tenderness, and thinning of the uterine lining. About 10 percent
of those who use Clomid will have a multiple pregnancy (twins). Clomid can cause hostile fertile mucous and thins the uterine lining in over 30 percent of the women who use it. The hostile mucus kills sperm, and the thin uterine can prevent implantation or cause an early miscarriage.

I am sure information shared here about one of the most talked subjects relating to female infertility and ovulation problems will definitely answer some of your questions about the subject. Come and enjoy your life with sweet memories of becoming mother in company of clomid.

About the author:
Saurabh Verma is working as Sr. Web Content Developer for
leading pharmacy web-site a1dietpill.com.


The Fertility Goddess Says:

Please note that I provide articles on all aspects of fertility. It does not mean that I endorse or recommend the use of Clomid or other fertility enhancing drugs. I strongly recommend that if you are interested in conceiving, that you explore all options available to you, including the use of gentle, natural methods prior to utilizing expensive, invasive, and/or dangerous medical procedures and medications. That said, if natural methods have not worked for you and you want to try Clomid, by all means try it and I truly hope you will be blessed with the baby of your dreams.

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    Monday, October 09, 2006

    Egg Donation - Whats Involved?



    Egg Donation - What's Involved?

    Author: Ciara McGrath

    Many people can empathize with the pain of discovering you cannot have children, and some are so touched they are compelled to action.

    Luckily modern scientific techniques have for several years been able to help infertile couples through sperm and egg donation.

    However, donating eggs differs from donating sperm in the amount of preparation it requires, and the invasivness of the operation to remove the eggs.

    This is why in addition to a medical check up, family history review and scan of your ovaries, donors might be expected to attend a counselling session when they apply. This should help to assess their reasons for wanting to donate, and prepare them for the procedure.

    A potential donor needs to be between the ages of 18 and 35 to qualify. Often clinics also prefer donors who have children of their own, for various reasons such as the small risk to thier future fertility, and the capacity to comprehend what they are giving to another person.

    Before the treatment begins, the donor needs to stop taking the pill or any other hormonal contraception, so that they have a natural menstrual cycle.

    Following their first "natural" period, they will begin taking daily injections to stimulate the ovaries. They can have these injections at the donation clinic, at their local surgery or they may wish to inject themselves at home. Small needles are used, and administered into the fatty tissue in the abdomen.

    They are required to make two to three visits to the clinic during this preparation for vaginal ultrasound scans to monitor the progress of the stimulated follicles in their ovaries.

    Once the clinic finds the ovarian response is peaking, the donor is asked to take a late night injection of HGC to ripen the eggs. The egg collection will take place in the clinic or hospital the next morning.

    The procedure is carried out under intraveneous heavy sedation. This means that while the donor is not unconcious while the eggs are taken, they will not be aware of what is going on, and should not experience any pain or discomfort.

    In ordinary circumstances, they will be able to return home the same day. They must have somebody to accompany them though, as the sedation takes a little while to wear off. Additionally they will be given a course of antibiotics to reduce the possibility of infection.

    The clinic should inform you of possible risks such as Hyperstimulation syndrome, bleeding or infection. Hyperstimulation syndrome effects about 1 in 20 donators, and happens when fertility drugs create too many eggs in the ovaries.

    The same clinic should be able to diagnose the condition, and give dietary suggestions and other precutions to take to avoid complications arising. In general, the condition is temporary and treated by rest and hydration.

    Other things to consider include that fact the egg donation will not necessarily result in a child. Although the donors are not generally permitted to meet the intended parents, some clinics allow the donors to know whether the result of their fertility treatment was a success.

    In some countries, such as the UK and Ireland, a child concieved through donated sperm or egg cells can find out contact details of the donor once they reach eighteen. For some people this is a very positive thing, but for others it might not be. The donor would have no legal obligation or rights to a child born, even though they are genetically related.

    Utilizing the services of an an egg donor requires huge levels of commitment and tenacity for both the donor and the prospective parents but in many some of infertility can be a fairly straighforward path to conception.

    Find out more by visiting http://www.egg-donors.info

    About the author:
    Ciara McGrath is a full time mother to four teenage daughters.
    Find out more at Egg Donors Info and Fertility Info

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