How Does The Fertility Drug Clomiphene Citrate Work?

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Clomiphene Citrate, more commonly known by its' brand names 'Clomid' and 'Serophene' is used by millions of women, and even some men, all around the world. A popular fertility drug, clomiphene citrate is used to induce ovulation, improve egg production and to aid women with luteal phase defects. Clomiphene works by 'tricking' the hormones in a womans' body. By suppressing the naturally produced estrogen, clomiphene 'tricks' the pituitary gland into producing higher amounts of follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). These hormones then work together to stimulate the ovaries into producing a mature follicle which, in turn, will release a healthy egg ready to be fertilized. As with all other fertility drugs used to induce ovulation, there is a possibility that more than one egg will be released and multiple babies may result. This being said, however, Clomiphene Citrate only increases the chance of having twins by ten percent. Triplets and above are rare.

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