BMI and clomid

I suffer from PCOS and am desperately trying to lose weight. What is the BMI limit to be allowed clomid? Also what monitoring takes place whilst on clomid, e.g. scan or blood tests? What are the side effects of taking clomid? Many thanks.

Our Expert's Answer

This information was published 10 years ago and was correct at the time of publication. It may not reflect our current practices or regulations.

Please note that all the answers we give are on a generic basis only, as we cannot provide more in-depth answers without access to your medical history. If you need a more detailed response, tailored to you, we would recommend a consultation with one of our Fertility Specialists for more comprehensive medical advice.

Your BMI will need to be less than 35 before we would offer treatment. When you are taking clomid we monitor the first cycle carefully with scans to ensure that you are not having an excessive response. The side effects of clomid are mild for most people such as bloating, weight gain, mood swings, headaches and breast tenderness. These will be discussed with you during your consultation with the doctor.