Clomid and the Treatment of Ovulatory Dysfunction
UPDATED: November 5, 2014
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Are you or your partner desiring pregnancy but unable to conceive because of an ovulatory dysfunction? If you consult a doctor and are prescribed Clomid, be sure you are told the full consequences Clomid can have on your unborn child.
What is Clomid?
Clomid (clomiphene citrate) is a drug used by women for the treatment of ovulatory dysfunction. Depending on the diagnosed condition/dysfunction, a woman may be blocked from becoming pregnant unless medical treatment occurs. Clomid is one drug that can be prescribed to fix ovulatory dysfunction, so that the woman may have the chance of bearing a child. However, while Clomid is safe for a woman, it poses severe health risks to the developing fetus, if that fetus is exposed to the drug.
Clomid is prescribed for women who want to become pregnant but are unable to due to another health problem, such as an issue with their ovaries that disrupts their natural ability to ovulate and prepare the body for conception. If ovulation is not occurring naturally, due to conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, a doctor may prescribe Clomid to enable the woman to reset her body so it knows to prepare for pregnancy. However, there is a risk that if you fall pregnant while taking Clomid, your child will suffer from birth defects.
Risk of Birth Defects: Category X Drug
Clomid is used to enable pregnancy, but it should under no circumstances be taken while a women is attempting to become pregnant and definitely not while a woman is pregnant. Clomid is a Category X drug. For a drug to become a Category X classification it will have been tested and shown to be an adverse risk to the health of the fetus during development. An X drug is to be discontinued before a woman falls pregnant, as it is still present in a woman's body for a time after she stops using the drug and therefore can affect the developing fetus. Clomid puts the unborn child at significant risk of being born with permanent or life threatening disabilities.
Consult an Attorney
If you, or your baby, have suffered adverse health consequences following the ill-advised use of Clomid, then you should consult with an experienced injury and product liability attorney right away. You may be entitled to bring an action.