Clomid May Be the Cause of Some Birth Defects and Complications
UPDATED: November 5, 2014
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Are you or your partner desiring pregnancy but unable to conceive because of 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.
Treatment of Ovulatory Dysfunction
Clomid is prescribed for the treatment of ovulatory dysfunction in women who want to become pregnant. Women who have had difficulty with ovulating, including conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, may be prescribed Clomid. However, this drug should be used with a strong contraceptive to ensure the woman does not fall pregnant while using and for a time after using Clomid.
Clomid can be present in the system for a time after the woman has stopped taking the drug. Therefore, in order to ensure there is no risk to the unborn fetus, adequate time needs to be given for the drug to get out of the system before a woman attempts to fall pregnant. Otherwise, a woman is placing her child at risk of several birth defects and complications. While the use of Clomid may be beneficial for the reproductive health of the mother, it has severe and potentially life-threatening consequences if exposed to the fetus.
Risk of Birth Defects Clomid has been tested and found to show clear evidence of human fetal risk during the early pregnancy stages of development. The use of Clomid by women attempting to conceive and pregnant women has been associated with birth defects including:
- limb deduction deficit
- heart defects
- omphalocele (abdominal wall defect which causes the intestines, liver or other organs to grow outside the body)
- craniosynotosis (abnormal shaping of the skull)
- hypospadias (abnormality of urinary tract placement)
- club foot
- cleft lip/palate
- spina bifida
These defects will affect the quality of life of both the parents and the child. Use of the drug Clomid should be thoroughly advised to the woman and an adequate understanding of the severe risks and consequences associated with conceiving on Clomid should be fully understood.
Consult an Attorney
If you, or your baby, have suffered adverse health consequences following the 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.