Clomid is the most well-known fertility drug, probably because it is the most commonly used. About 25% of female factor infertility involves a problem with ovulation, which is what Clomid treats.
Clomid is taken as a pill, and not an injection, like stronger fertility drugs. It’s also effective, stimulating ovulation 80% of the time.
Clomid 50mg pill may also be marketed under the name Serophene, or you may see it sold under its generic name, clomiphene citrate. In this article, I’ll refer to clomiphene citrate by the brand name Clomid, just because that is how most people know the drug.
The most common dosage of Clomid is 50 mg, taken for five days, on days 3 through 7 of your cycle, or days 5 through 9 of your cycle. (With day one of your cycle being the first day of real menstrual bleeding, and not just spotting.)
Ovulation and pregnancy rates have been shown to be similar whether the drug is started on day two, three, four, or five, so don’t feel concerned if your doctor tells you a different protocol to follow than your friend.
If 50 mg doesn’t work, your doctor may increase the medication, according to their judgment, for a successive cycle. Or, they may give it another try at 50 mg.
You might think that more is always better, but higher doses, especially at or above 150 mg, can actually make conception more difficult.
What’s the success rate of clomifene citrate?
About 70 per cent of women will ovulate in response to a fairly low dose of clomifene citrate. Of those who ovulate, about 40 per cent will become pregnant.
Other factors that can affect the pregnancy rate include:
- the time in your cycle that you have sex
- your age and weight
- the count, shape, speed and motility (ability to move) of your partner’s sperm
A low dose of clomifene may not be enough. Your doctor may increase the dose to help you conceive. Studies suggest that about 29 per cent of women who start taking the drug go on to have a live birth. Depression could be a common sight for women with such problems, so try to regulate bad emotions.