If you are starting to take Clomid for the first time, you might be wondering what exactly you should be expecting. Here is our day to day Clomid guide so you can know what to expect along each step of the way. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Day 1 is the first day of your period. It is the day that your periods starts, and it is considered the first day that you have a regular flow, not a day when you have light spotting. You will need to mark this day on your calendar and remember it, because it is very important in the timing of your treatments with Clomid. You will most likely need to call your doctor’s office on your first day of your cycle to let them know.
During day 2 or day 3 of your period, your doctor will want to have you come in to the office to do a baseline ultrasound. Your doctor will do this ultrasound to see how the ovaries look before beginning treatment. Your doctor will look for cysts and anything else that might be out of the ordinary and will make a note of it for later. This ultrasound is done transvaginally and does not take long at all, only a few minutes.
During days 3-5 of your cycle, that is when the real work begins- your Clomid treatment! Your doctor will tell you when to start your Clomid pills. You will either start on day 3 and take your pills for five days: on day 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, or you will start on day 5, and take your pills for five days: on day 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Sometimes, doctors will have you start your pills on day 2 or day 4, however, that is rare. Take your pill at the same time each day, so you don’t forget. Changing the time of day that you take your pill can really mess up your treatment, so don’t do it without talking to your doctor.
The Clomid is doing it’s thing! This is the time during your cycle that the Clomid is starting to work, and your ovaries are receiving the signal to grow and mature the eggs. You may not experience much during these days, but rest assure that your body is hard at work!
During days 10-21 of your cycle, your doctor will be monitoring your progress to see how you are progressing. Your doctor will likely do ultrasounds and bloodwork every few days until you ovulate to see how things are moving along, and to figure out when it is likely that you will ovulate, or to time a trigger shot that will help you to ovulate.
Somewhere in the wide range of time between days 10 and 21, you will ovulate! Every woman’s cycle is vastly different so it is very hard to tell when each woman will ovulate. It will depend on whether you started your Clomid cycle on day 3 or day 5, and your body’s own personal rhythm. However, your doctor will pay close attention to finding out when you ovulate so that you can time sex right, or know when to come in for an IUI if that is the route you are going.
During days 19-21, your doctor will order a progesterone blood test for you. This is to make sure that the Clomid worked and triggered your ovulation. If you did ovulate, you will begin the dreaded two week wait.
Depending on whether you ovulated early, on time, or late, your two week wait will be somewhere between days 12 and 35. This is the time after you ovulate but before you start your period (or hopefully don’t!) This wait is agonizing and may have you thinking you are pregnant, then not pregnant, then pregnant, then not pregnant. All you can do during the two week wait is, well, wait!
Somewhere around day 28-35, you will either (boo!) get your period, or you will be able to take a pregnancy test! This is after you have endured the two week wait, of course. If you are pregnant, congratulations, your journey with Clomid ends here, and you get to start a whole new journey! If not, you can start the Clomid journey all over again!