Acupuncture can reduces the side effects of clomid
Clomid is also known as Clomifene. Normal dose is 50mg. It is often the first fertility drug given to women by their doctors to help women become pregnant. It's cheap and easy to administer. It works by blocking the feedback actions of oestrogen thereby tricking the pituitary gland to produce more and more FSH to make the eggs grow and mature thereby increasing pregnancy rates.
It should not be given to woman with ovarian cysts, are pregnant, hormone dependant tumours, abnormal uterine bleeding of unknown cause or those with severe liver disease, as it increases estrogen levels and shouldn't be used long term.
Clomid side effects include ovarian hyperstimulation, reduced cervical mucus, uterine fibroids, ectopic pregnancies, visual disturbances, hot flushes, abdominal discomfort, nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, inter-menstrual spotting, endometriosis, convulsions, weight gain, mood swings, rashes, dizziness and hair loss.
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the side effects of clomid by increasing blood flow to the uterus to help thicken the endometrial lining and reducing the high levels of oestradiol. Recent research has shown that combining Clomid with Chinese
herbs significantly improves PCOS.
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