How to Take Clomid

Clomid, also known as clomiphene citrate, is an FDA-approved drug that has been used to induce ovulation, or egg production, in women for more than 40 years.

If you have infertility problems and problems getting pregnant stemming from anovulation, which is a lack of ovulation, Clomid may be a viable option for you.

Talk with your doctor to understand how Clomid is used to see if it is right for your situation.

Everyone's Ovulation Period is Different.

Here's the thing... there's no one day that everyone ovulates when taking Clomid. There are Clomid calculators online that claim to tell you when you'll ovulate, but they are just the best guess.

That said, there are average ovulation days. Also, there are ways you can time sex to increase your chances of getting pregnant during treatment.

If periods are regular

On the third day of your cycle (The first day is the day you have a menstrual flow and not just light spotting) start Clomid at 50mg (one Tablet) per day for five days.

You should be having sex every other day starting from day ten till day 16 of your cycle.

Have a blood test on day 21 of the period. This test is called Day 21 Progesterone. You will be given the request form for the blood test.

One week after this test you should telephone my office for the result of your blood test.

If the result of your blood test shows that you are not ovulating (have not released an egg), then wait for your next period.

If you did have your period, restart taking the Clomid, this time using 100mg (two tablets) instead of 50mg for five days. If you are still not ovulating after taking 100mg of Clomid then repeat, this time taking 150 mg (three tablets) for five days. If your next period has not arrived within 40 days, take a pregnancy test.

If the pregnancy test is negative and you did not have a period, you may use Provera tablets to start your period.

If your Day 21 Progesterone blood test confirms ovulation, however, you did not fall pregnant, then carry on with the same dose of Clomid for up to 6 cycles.

Other Clomid Protocols

Some doctors recommend taking Clomid on Days 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of your cycle, while others recommend taking Clomid on Days 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

If you're on the Day 3 to 7 protocol, this would mean you're most likely to ovulate (on average) sometime between Day 14 and Day 17 of your cycle. To conceive, you want to have sex before you ovulate. So, you might want to have sex every day or every other day starting on Day 11 and ending on Day 18.

If you're on the Day 5 to 9 protocol, you're most likely to ovulate (on average) between Day 16 and 19. In this case, you'd want to start having sex every day or every other day beginning on Day 13 through Day 21.

These are just averages. It's possible you'll ovulate earlier or later than the norm. This means you could theoretically miss your most fertile time if you start having sex too early or too late.

Here's the thing... there's no one day that everyone ovulates when taking Clomid. There are Clomid calculators online that claim to tell you when you'll ovulate, but they are just the best guess.

That said, there are average ovulation days. Also, there are ways you can time sex to increase your chances of getting pregnant during treatment.

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