Clomid is a brand name for clomiphene citrate, a prescription drug aimed at women who have trouble getting pregnant due to problems with ovulation. Clomid is highly effective at helping with ovulation in these women, even though it isn't a cure-all for all fertility problems, nor is taking it a guarantee of getting pregnant. But if you think it might help you, here is what you need to do to boost your odds of getting pregnant fast while taking Clomid.
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Things you need
- A licensed physician who is willing to prescribe Clomid
- An organised way to monitor your cycle
Visit your doctor to discuss your fertility problems and rule out causes of infertility that will not be helped by Clomid. Problems such as blocked Fallopian tubes or male factor infertility will not be helped by Clomid; the drug is only indicated for women who seem to be infertile due to problems with ovulation. If you fall into that category, your doctor will prescribe Clomid.
Wait for your menstrual period and then take Clomid as directed by your physician. The usual protocol involves taking the drug for five days in the first half of the menstrual cycle, usually starting either on the third or fifth day after the first day of the menstrual period. This will boost the odds of ovulation on schedule in women who do not ovulate regularly.
Use an ovulation test kit after you have completed your course of Clomid or visit your doctor to confirm whether or not the drug seems to be working. An ovulation predictor kit can be purchased in most chemists and works by detecting hormones in your urine that will indicate imminent ovulation.
Have sex when the ovulation predictor kit shows that you are about to ovulate (or when your doctor tells you that it appears you are about to ovulate.) This will ensure that sperm are present in your reproductive system when the egg is released. Generally it is a good idea to have sex about every two days starting from when your menstrual period has ended and up until the time of ovulation, as this ensures a steady supply of sperm, and a 2007 study found that regular sex may boost men's sperm counts.
Wait two weeks (the time needed for fertilisation and implantation to occur.) If you miss your menstrual period, take a pregnancy test. There is no benefit to testing before your period is due and false negatives are quite common in early responder tests. If you are pregnant, call an obstetrician or midwife to begin prenatal care.
Tips and warnings
- You can monitor ovulation with temperature charting or an ovulation monitoring computer system in addition to using ovulation predictor kits.
- Take Clomid only if you are having trouble getting pregnant due to ovulation problems; many women take Clomid because they hope to have twins (there is a 10% chance of conceiving twins after Clomid use.) Twin pregnancies face a much higher risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, and other complications.
- Don't order Clomid over the Internet without a prescription - any websites offering to sell prescription drugs without a prescription are operating illegally and there is no guarantee that any drugs ordered from such websites are safe or effective.
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