Does Clomid Really Work?

Does Clomid Really Work?

What’s Clomid?

If you are just beginning your infertility journey, chances are, you might be prescribed Clomid along the way. Clomid, short for Clomiphene, is a medication that is commonly prescribed for women to get them to ovulate. That is all that Clomid is used for.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

It won’t make you pregnant, it won’t help you carry a baby to term, it won’t ensure that your baby is free from birth defects, or that you have a healthy and happy pregnancy. Clomid makes you ovulate, and that is all.

Clomid isn’t technically considered a fertility drug, since it does nothing to help you get pregnant. If you are having trouble ovulating, your doctor will probably give you Clomid at the beginning of your fertility treatments to see if it can jump start your ovulation.

How does Clomid work?

Clomid is very effective at jumpstarting ovulation, and it does so around 80 percent of the time. Clomid isn’t used if you have blocked fallopian tubes, or if your fertility problems are based on a male factor. The only reason that your doctor will prescribe Clomid is if you are having ovulation problems.

Clomid is an oral pill drug, not an injection or an IV. This makes it very easy to take at home, and makes it have very few side effects. Usually your Clomid treatment cycle will start on day 5 of your cycle, and you will take it for five days.

Usually, Clomid is given on days 5-9, and then, in 5-9 MORE days, you should ovulate. If you do not ovulate on the first try, your doctor may up your Clomid dose and have you try again.

Does it have side effects?

Clomid is a relatively mild drug. It doesn’t have as many side effects as say, an injection fertility drug or an intravenous drug. However, it sometimes does have some unpleasant side effects.  Clomid side effects, ironically, mimic pregnancy symptoms.

Some of the most common side effects include breast swelling, breast tenderness, bloating, weight gain, nausea, fatigue, and mood swings. Most women agree that the effects of Clomid are mild in nature.

How often does it work?

As we said before, Clomid jumpstarts ovulation in about 80 percent of the cases that it is prescribed in. Of that 80 percent of women who Clomid works for, around 40-45 percent of them will become pregnant within six cycles. If six cycles pass, and Clomid has failed to work in your particular case, your doctor will usually want to go ahead and move on to a different means of helping you.

For the most part, Clomid can be a great choice of beginning fertility treatment. It is much cheaper than other methods of fertility treatment, and it doesn’t have many bad side effects. It is by far the most popular and most commonly used fertility medication on the market today, and it helps many women every year.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.