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If you are a woman who does not usually ovulate, getting pregnant can be a challenge. One of the fertility medications commonly used in these situations is clomiphene citrate (sold under the brand name Clomid®). This drug indirectly stimulates the ovaries, which causes an egg to mature and be released from the ovaries -- in other words, it causes ovulation.
 
This medication comes in the form of a tablet. It is taken once a day for five days during the menstrual cycle. As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, most women are able to take it without any problems, and any reactions that do occur tend to be minor and easy to treat. Hot flashes, enlarged ovaries, and pelvic pain are some of the most commonly reported side effects of clomiphene.
 
(To read the full eMedTV article, click Clomiphene. This resource features detailed information on what to expect while taking clomiphene, why it may not be suitable for everyone, and how it performed in studies.)
 
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