Clomid and Ovulation: Is Clomid Right for You? - Page 2
Your doctor will probably start you on a low dosage of Clomid. Standard starting dosage is around 50 mg. Clomid is generally given on days 3-7 or days 5-9 of your cycle. (Three days after your period starts or five days after your period starts) If you are not having a regular period, your doctor may prescribe medication to induce a period. He will give you a pregnancy test before he does this. Clomid is taken orally and should be taken the same time each day for five days. If ovulation occurs it is generally a week or so after taking your last dosage of Clomid. Your doctor will probably have you keep a bbt chart or use an ovulation prediction kit to see if you have ovulated. He may also perform an ultrasound to check the number and size of the developing follicles.
Clomid Side Effects
Because Clomid works to block estrogen receptors, it not only blocks the receptors in the hypothalamus, but it also blocks the receptors in the cervix. Estrogen helps encourages the production of fertile cervical mucous. With the receptor cells being blocked your body may produce dry or hostile cervical mucous which is not the best environment for transporting sperm into the uterus. Your doctor may prescribe a low dose of estrogen to help with this. Other side effects of Clomid are hot flashes, mood swings, headaches, visual disturbances, and hyperstimulation syndrome. Tylenol may help to relieve some of these symptoms. There is also a ten percent chance of having twins while taking Clomid.
How long should I take Clomid?
Your doctor will start off with a low dosage of Clomid and may increase your dosage if ovulation does not occur. Most authorities recommend taking Clomid for no more than six cycles. If pregnancy does not occur in this time frame, your doctor will probably look into another treatment for you.
How successful is Clomid?
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, up to 45 percent of women receiving Clomid will become pregnant after six cycles.