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A 33-year-old female asked:

if clomid (clomiphene) changes viscosity of cervical mucous preventing sperm from swimming up to the uterus why do docs prescribe this for woman trying to conceive

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Clomid (clomiphene): Clomid (clomiphene) stimulates egg production, which increases the chances of having a fertilized egg. The prevention of sperm swimming to the uterus is not normally a problem- clomid is often prescribed before an IUI procedure. Other times it is used to monitor if egg production can be driven with medicines (clomid challenge).
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Benefits and risks: Clomid (clomiphene) can negatively affect cervical mucous but by the same token can help better regulate ovulation. So for certain women, particularly with ovulation issues like in PCOS, the risk of cervical mucous issues are outweighed by the improved ovulation characteristics while on Clomid (clomiphene).

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Can prenatal vitamins help with hair loss in women who have never been pregnant? If not, which vitamins help?

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