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Headaches, Mood Swings and Nausea, Why Clomid?

The Common Side Effects I Had From Taking ClomidWhen I went to my doctor appointment a few weeks ago to find out the results of the fertility testing, and to see if there was anything more that we could do, I was happy with our plan.

I found out the likely answer to why weren’t not pregnant yet. It’s all thanks to an issue with my ovulation cycle. Releasing that egg is kind of important to get pregnant (duh) and my body decided to stop doing just that, so I was given a prescription for Clomid; one of the most prescribed fertility drugs that stimulates egg production.

I had some reservations about taking the drug, but after talking with my doctor and my partner, we all decided that it was a good route to take.

Last week I had to do a lot of waiting, but then it was time to take the medication and keep my fingers crossed. I was warned that me and this particular drug may not get along that great and the doctor made sure to educate me on its possible side effects. While I was also assured that not every woman experiences them, turns out that I am one of the “lucky ones” who is getting a big dose of those side effects.

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  • Oh, The Headache 1 of 5
    Oh, The Headache
    One of the first symptoms that I got the first day taking clomid was a massive headache. For the first day I was able to ward it away with an over-the-counter pain relief. It was kind of hopeless by the last treatment day.
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  • I Love You 2 of 5
    I Love You
    I am not a very emotional person, but this past week I have been all lovey to my husband. I miss him more than usual and just wanted to be close to him (not in that way)
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  • Yo, Ouch! 3 of 5
    Yo, Ouch!
    I was warned that I could experience some breast tenderness. What I didn't expect was feeling the ouch in just one... my poor left!
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  • Oh, The Queezy 4 of 5
    Oh, The Queezy
    You know, I am not convinced that my unhappy stomach is entirely related to the Clomid, but it was a side effect I was told to be aware of. Either way, not fun.
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  • Nope, I Hate You 5 of 5
    Nope, I Hate You
    So, when I got my husband next to me and in for a cuddle, suddenly my mood changed and I hated him. Okay, not hated but I was just angry and easily annoyed. We were both warned the mood swings would be the worst.
    Photo credit: Photostock

Even with my doctor’s warning, I was still shocked by how a small pill could ramp my body up so much. Oh, I was also warned that occasionally the side effects get worse the longer you’re on the medication.

Anyone know how long the side effects last? Are they over when you’re done with the doseage? Or until you ovulate? Should I warn my husband?

Photo credit: adapted from iStockPhoto

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