Clomid constipation

clomid constipation

Clomid constipation is not a common side effect of taking the drug. But it happens to some women who have a sensitive transit.

Clomifene (trademarked as Clomid) is the most widely used drug for infertility. If you have been trying to conceive without success, maybe due to a lack of ovulation, or due to polycystic ovary syndrome, your doctor may have prescribed this drug. Clomid is also prescribed in preparation of an in-vitro fertilization.

The goal of this article is to explain why clomid might be the trigger of your current bout of constipation, and what to do to counter it.

How clomid works

Clomid is a "selective estrogen receptor modulator". It tricks the brain into thinking the body is not producing enough estrogens. In return, the body produces more estrogens, which allows the ovaries to produce better eggs.

A better egg will usually (but not always) allow the production of an increased level of progesterone (thanks to a better corpus luteum). 

From a transit perspective, progesterone relaxes and slows down your digestive tract so that more nutrients can be absorbed (to make sure the fetus is well nourished if you become pregnant).

You will remember from the introductory article on constipation that slowing down the progress of fecal matter in the colon causes over-dehydration of stools and constipation. Very often, the cause of constipation is what is called “slow transit”.

Occurrence of clomid constipation

According to the website, the occurrence of Clomid-related digestive upsets are :

  • Abdominal or pelvic discomfort, distention, bloating, nausea and vomiting in 1% to 10% of cases (so a fairly common side effect) ;
  • Constipation in 0.1% to 1% of cases (fairly uncommon).

Even though clomid constipation is fairly uncommon from a statistical perspective, it may happen if your transit is particularly sensitive to hormonal changes.

What to do

On this website, you will find a variety of natural constipation remedies. They will not all work in your particular situation.

But as a naturopath with extensive experience in constipation-related issues, I can tell you this: you will be able to find a remedy that works if you are willing to try a few of them.

A good starting point is to go to the main constipation remedies page, and see what makes sense to you, what appeals you. As you will see, there is a wide array of remedies.

Some remedies are herbal (yellow dock for instance), some are supplements (magnesium for instance) and some nutritional (olive oil for instance). You have everything you need to build your own natural tool chest.

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