How Long Should I Be on Clomid?

How Long Should I Be on Clomid?

Ovulation Problems

Infertility can be caused because of a number of reasons. One of the most common reasons behind infertility is lack of ovulation or complete absence of ovulation. If this is the reason why you are not able to conceive, the doctor will first prescribe an oral drug named Clomid. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Clomid has been proven to be very successful especially when compared to other similar fertility medicines. This is the reason why it is highly popular and is the first thing that is given to women suffering from ovulation problems.

Clomid Dosage

The medication comes in tablet form. Each tablet is of 50 mg. The doctor will ask you to take one pill per day for five days continuously per month. He will ask you to start on the second day of menstruation or the third day of mensuration usually. Sometimes, you may also be asked to start on the fourth day or fifth day and continue for five days.

Doctor’s Close Watch

Once you start taking the medication, the doctor will keep a close eye on your progress. He will keep examining you to determine whether the medication is actually working. The means of diagnosis include ovulation prediction kits, menstrual patterns, checking the basal body temperature or BBT or the body and so on.

If there is no progress the doctor will increase the dosage by 50 mg and check if it works. Know that the FDA or the Food and Drug Administration does not approve prescription of more than 100 mg of Clomid. However, your doctor will be the best judge for your case. Trust her.

6 Months Maximum

This is a common question. Many women are worried about Clomid not working for them. How long should they wait before calling it quits?

Well, doctors say that you should not take the medication for more than six months. Six months is the upper maximum limit of taking Clomid. This is because Clomid works to suppress estrogen production.

If this hormone is suppressed for long, it can have many negative effects on the body, mainly the pituitary gland. Your endometrial lining and your cervical mucus will get affected because of too prolonged suppression of estrogen.

As a result, getting pregnant will be harder even if you start ovulating. This is the reason why doctors don’t suggest that you take the medication for more than six months.

Ovulate within 3 Months

Know that if you have to start ovulating, you will do so within three months of taking the medication. Only a few women will take about six months to ovulate. If you don’t ovulate in the six months, there is no point of taking the medication further.

Clomid Resistant?

If the medication does not work for you, after six months your doctor will prescribe some other treatment such as gonadotropin injections. If the injections fail too, the doctor might go for invasive treatments such as in vitro fertilization.


It is likely that Clomid will work for you if lack of ovulation is the reason why you are not getting pregnant. Remember that Clomid is the most commonly used fertility drug and has shown high success rates. Remember also that with its ability to cause hyper-ovulation, Clomid and twins often go together.

However, taking the medication for more than six months can backfire on you and can reduce your fertility even further. This is why you should be careful and follow your doctor’s advice about taking the medication.

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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.