- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
How Does Clomid Work For Fertility
In What Way Does Clomid Work?
Clomid is taken orally for fertility purposes in women. It is used to stimulate ovulation by blocking estrogen receptors in the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a vital center for the management of hormones.
The clomid then stimulates the hypothalamus to release a follicle stimulating hormone as well as a luteinizing hormone, both of which are natural hormones that stimulate the ovaries.
Clomid actually causes women to ovulate when they normally cannot due to various medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, which prevents ovulation in a normal manner.
With some women, the normal cycle of ovulation is just not happening. It is difficult to get pregnant when a woman's cycle is very sporadic, in that she never knows when she is ovulating. By taking Clomid, and if it works, it will produce an orderly and predictable response to the medication, so intercourse or an intrauterine insemination procedure can follow.
Sometimes fertility problems just seem to happen, with no explanation. The couples are young and healthy, the ovulation is on time, but no baby. Clomid seems to work with couples who are experiencing this factor, and they seem to get pregnant when taking the Clomid.
Clomid is used with some procedural steps to ensure that it is most effective. When a woman starts her period, she is advised to call the doctor's office so an exam can be scheduled with the next 3 to 3 days. A pelvic exam will be done and a finalization will be set to time the taking of the Clomid capsules.
One to three tablets a day will be taken for the first five days when the woman is still early in the cycle.
Some women may experience hot flashes, changes in sleep patterns and mood swings. Most women do not have any symptoms at all. Then in seven to eight days following the complete treatment with the Clomid, ovulation will occur. Due to the stimulation of the ovaries, there may be discomfort or bloating during intercourse.
The verification of ovulation can be accomplished in several different ways, and you should ask your doctor which is the most appropriate for your situation.
The methods include LH kit testing, an ultrasound at the doctor's office, a basal body temperature test and a blood test. At this time the doctor will advise the patient when to time intercourse so as to maximize the chances for pregnancy, as the timing for the egg to be present for ovulation will be noted.
As far as knowing that you are pregnant, get a home pregnancy test kit. If you miss your next period for longer than two to three weeks, set another doctor's appointment. If you do have your period, schedule another doctor's appointment to start the Clomid cycle all over again.
Clomid should not be used if the woman has ever had liver disease, has abnormal bleeding from the vagina, has an ovarian cyst that is not related to polycystic ovary syndrome, has a tumor of the pituitary gland, has thyroid or adrenal gland issues, or if she is pregnant.
I hope this article helps. As my wife and I have just made the desicion of using clomid so I thought I would share some information what I have found out in the last few months and put it in a nutshell for you all. I wish you all the best of luck for your future of having little feet running around your homes.