Clomiphene citrate (Clomid) is a commonly prescribed fertility drug. Clomid is often a desirable first step for fertility treatment due to its relatively low cost.
Clomid success rates are typically high. In this article, we list a number of common factors that affect fertility. We also explain ways that Clomid may help (or may not help) you overcome these specific fertility issues. For more information about how Clomid may help you personally, see a fertility specialist in your area.
Clomid Success Rates and Ovulation
If you are having problems with ovulation, Clomid offers you an 80 percent chance of ovulating, usually within the first three months.
Due to this ovulation boost, most women have a 50 percent chance of getting pregnant within the first six months after starting Clomid.
Clomid may be helpful if you are over 35, but only if you still have an ample egg supply.
If you are over 35 and your egg supply is low or dwindling, Clomid may not help you get pregnant.
If you are overweight or underweight, Clomid may be less likely to help you get pregnant.
Before you try to get pregnant with Clomid, make efforts to get to a healthy weight. Ask your doctor about a safe weight-loss plan that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Clomid success rates are affected by dosage. Most women start with a 50 mg dose of Clomid. If this initial dose does not help you ovulate, your doctor may increase your dosage by 50 mg increments in subsequent cycles.
Your doctor may also incorporate other fertility drugs into your treatment to help you ovulate and to boost your chances of pregnancy.
If taking Clomid fails to help you ovulate after four to six cycles, your doctor will probably take you off this fertility drug and move on to another option. The latest studies show Clomid success rates do not improve after six cycles.
How do you know if Clomid is working?
If you take Clomid, you may be curious to know if you are ovulating on this medication. There are a number of ways that you can tell if ovulation is occurring.
Many women are able to observe whether ovulation occurs by using one of the following methods. Discuss these options with your doctor.
- Ovulation predictor kits
- Measuring your progesterone levels
- Checking your ovaries by ultrasound
You can also chart your your basal body temperature (BBT) by taking your temperature every morning when you wake up.
Seek Help Before It’s Too Late
Clomid is often very helpful for women that are having ovulation problems. There are some infertility problems that Clomid will not help with, including the following:
- Low estrogen levels
- A disorder of the hypothalamus
- If your partner has male fertility problems
If pregnancy does not occur within 6 to 12 months of trying, it is important to seek thorough evaluation and treatment before relying on Clomid infertility treatment. Attain Fertility specialists can be found all over the country if you need help.
Clomid success rates are extremely encouraging, but it’s important to keep in mind that no drug or other treatment can guarantee that you’ll be able to have a baby.