How to Take Clomid

What You Need to Know About the Fertility Drug Clomid

Infertility is never easy to deal with, but knowing your fertility treatment options helps you face your conception problems head-on. Clomid is one treatment option if you haven't been able to get pregnant naturally. This drug is used for very specific purposes, so understanding its use helps you determine if it might work for you.

What Is Clomid?

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Clomid is a brand name for the oral fertility drug known as clomiphene. Taken in oral form, this medication is designed to stimulate ovulation to help you get pregnant. It works by causing the pituitary gland to secrete a hormone that causes the ovary to release a mature egg. In women who don't ovulate regularly, Clomid can provide enough assistance to make conception possible. Clomid is often the first form of fertility treatment used, and it's the most common.

When Do Doctors Prescribe Clomid?

Your gynecologist can prescribe Clomid, so you don't have to see a fertility specialist to start this treatment option. However, this drug works only for certain women. Your doctor might prescribe the pills if you have issues with ovulation. This includes women with irregular periods and women who menstruate without actually ovulating. Another common use for Clomid is treating infertility caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. If your infertility is caused by something other than ovulation issues, Clomid may not help.

Some women aren't good candidates for Clomid. Your doctor may not prescribe the drug if you have the following conditions or issues:

  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts not associated with PCOS
  • Ovaries that no longer make eggs properly
  • Liver disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Depression
  • Hormone-reactive tumors or a history of certain cancers
  • Poor results with previous Clomid treatments

How to Take Clomid

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Like any drug, Clomid is most effective and safest when you follow the dosing guidelines provided by your doctor and printed on the bottle of your prescription. Read all instructions from your doctor and the information sheet that comes with the drug.

Your doctor decides on the proper dose for your specific situation. Clomid typically comes in 50-milligram pills. Women often start at the lowest 50-mg dose. Your doctor may bump up the dose to a maximum of 250 mg each day if your first Clomid treatment doesn't work. You should never increase your dosage or take the drug longer than prescribed without an okay from your doctor.

Most people start Clomid on day five of the period. The day you get your period is day one. On the fifth day, take your first dose followed by daily doses as prescribed by your doctor. Continue taking the medication for as long as the dosing instructions from your doctor state. It's easiest to take Clomid at the same time each day, so you don't forget to take it.

Clomid should not be taken when you're pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking the drug immediately. Call your doctor right away if you think there's a chance you're pregnant. If you're breastfeeding, check with your doctor to determine if you should take Clomid.