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What are the uses and side effects of enclomiphene capsules?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on April 5, 2023.

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These are fertility medicines. Clomiphene is used to induce ovulation (it stimulates your ovaries to release eggs). Dydrogesterone is a synthetic hormone similar to progesterone and is given along with clomiphene to help to keep your reproductive cycle regular. Clomiphene is a mixture, in approximately a 3:2 ratio of 2 geometric isomers, enclomiphene and zuclomiphene. Enclomiphene is primarily responsible for the ovulation-inducing actions of Clomiphene. You might ovulate and conceive in the first month of taking your fertility medicines, or it can take a month or two of drug therapy for you to start ovulating regularly.

Clomiphene citrate can cause a wide range of minor side-effects, including: hot flushes, mood swings, breast tenderness, nausea and abdominal pain.

Treatment may be continued for up to six cycles, as this is thought to be long enough to see whether your body is responding to the drug.

If you are having trouble conceiving and you would like to have a family continue to take the medicines your doctor has prescribed. Recent studies also suggests that enclomiphene may raise testosterone levels and sperm counts in men.

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