If you’ve been trying to conceive for any length of time, you’ve most likely heard of the fertility drug, Clomid, short for Clomiphene citrate. After all, Clomid is one of the most commonly prescribed fertility drugs. It’s frequently given to women experiencing irregular cycles, irregular ovulation, or anovulation (lack of ovulation). Note that while it’s easy to determine if you have irregular cycles, irregular ovulation and anovulation may go unnoticed. A good way to determine when – or if – you’re ovulating is to track your cycles with a fertility monitor, ovulation predictor kits, or by BBT charting.
At the beginning of your cycle, estrogen levels are low, which signals your body to produce FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). FSH, in turn, stimulates the growth and maturation of the egg. Estrogen begins to rise, triggering a surge of LH – releasing the mature egg from the follicle. In order for ovulation to occur, your body must produce enough LH (Luteinizing Hormone) and FSH (Follicular Stimulating Hormone) to release the mature egg… and that’s where Clomid enters the equation. Clomid is introduced to “trick” the body into thinking that there is not enough estrogen – therefore increasing the production of LH and FSH. This increase of LH and FSH should cause the body to ovulate.
Clomid is typically taken for 5 consecutive days at the beginning of your cycle, often on cycle days 3-7 or 5-9. Ovulation should occur roughly after a week after your last dosage. Generally, it is not recommend to take Clomid for more than six cycles, so if pregnancy is not achieved within that time frame, a different treatment plan should be explored.
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A common side effect of Clomid is increased vaginal dryness and a corresponding decrease in fertile-quality cervical mucus. Having a healthy environment to transport and protect the sperm is extremely important when trying to conceive. Natural supplements such as FertileCM can help promote the production of fertile-quality cervical mucus and is safe to take along with Clomid. Additionally, Pre-Seed, a sperm-friendly lubricant designed for trying-to-conceive couples, can be used to provide much-needed lubrication. Do be aware that while taking Clomid, women have about a 5-10% chance of conceiving twins. Consult with your ObGyn to determine if Clomid is a good option for you.