As a Netmums survey reveals as many as 4% of women trying to conceive say they have self-prescribed fertility drugs. And a further 14% admitted they’d consider buying Clomid without a prescription, we look at the dangers of buying these drugs online.
When you’re desperate to have a baby but that little blue line continues to elude you, it can be tempting to try anything … including using fertility drugs like Clomid without a prescription.
In fact, in a 2013 Netmums survey, as many as 4% of women trying to conceive said they have self-prescribed fertility drugs. And a further 14% admitted they’d considered buying Clomid without a prescription.
However, experts have warned of the dangers of using Clomid without specialist advice.
This includes being at risk of an allergic reaction or the potentially serious Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS).
Here’s what you need to know about fertility drug Clomid, as well as why it’s never a good idea to self-prescribe it or buy it online. Here’s why …
What is Clomid and how does it work?
Clomid, which also goes by the name Clomiphene Citrate, is one of the most widely used fertility medications on the market.
Clomid tablets suppress the amount of naturally circulating oestrogen. This ‘tricks’ the pituitary gland (in the brain) into producing more follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone.
These hormones then stimulate the ovary to ripen a follicle (a follicle is a fluid-filled sac within which an egg develops) and release an egg.