What Is Serophene?

I keep hearing about serophene. What is that? And how can it help me get pregnant?
ByLowell T. Ku, MD, reproductive endocrinologist, Dallas IVF
Fertility Specialist
Updated
Mar 2017
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Serophene, better known by the drug name clomiphene, or Clomid), is one of the most commonly prescribed fertility medications. It has a long track record and has been in use for more than 40 years to help women who aren’t ovulating on their own pop out an egg. It works in a similar way to the hormone estrogen, which causes eggs to develop and be released.

Clomiphene is taken as a pill, usually for five days starting on the fifth day of your cycle (with day 1 being the first day of your period). It seems to have the best effect on women for whom there are no other noticeable infertility issues. Although the medication does have some side effects (it can cause hot flashes and mood swings), they luckily don’t last very long. However, long-term use of clompihene may increase the risk of ovarian cancer, so don’t take it for more than six cycles.

 

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