I posted something similar in a different thread, but thought I'd start a new conversation in hopes of getting more input. What are your thoughts about the risks of birth defects if taking Clomid? I just came across all of this information last night and am kind of freaked out by it at the moment. Some students say that there is no increased risk of birth defects (i.e. chances are the same as natural conception), but other studies say that -- among other risks -- a child conceived on clomid is about twice as likely to have autism spectrum disorder. Essentially, clomid is a Class X drug, meaning that if you take it while you are pregnant, your child will likely have severe birth defects. The problem is that the drug has an apparently long half-life and can stay in your system for up to 50 days. I also read that it can build upon itself once in your system, so you'll have more of it lingering in your body after each month of treatment. What this means is that even though a woman isn't actively taking clomid after ovulation, the drug is still very much in her system and could, as a result, affect fetal development.
I spoke with the nurse at my gyno's office, and she was very sweet, but not entirely helpful. She told me not to worry too much, but ALSO said that the risks I'm talking about are one of the reasons that they only want women to be on this medication for 3 months. That sounds as though there is a reason to be concerned!
Do any of you have light to shed on this? What have your doctors told you? I'm currently on my first run of clomid and am very scared and discouraged at present. I want a baby so badly, but not at the expense of its health! I just don't know what to do right now . . .