Clomid, the brand name of the generic drug clomiphene, may be prescribed if you have been having difficulty ovulating or getting pregnant on your own. It works by inducing ovulation and thereby increasing your chances of getting pregnant. Although specific instructions about how to take Clomid to get pregnant will depend on your specific situation and the recommendations of your doctor, the general process is simple and straightforward.
Talk to your doctor. Clomid is a prescription drug that should only be taken under the guidance of a medical professional. Certain medical conditions may prohibit the use of Clomid, so give your doctor your complete medical history to determine if Clomid is suitable for you. Talk to your doctor about the advantages, disadvantages, risks and side effects of the medication before deciding whether or not to take the drug.
Follow your doctor's instructions on how to take the drug. Specific instructions may vary depending upon the individual situation, including when to begin taking the drug. However, generally speaking, one tablet of Clomid will be taken once a day for five consecutive days at some point at the beginning of your menstrual cycle. The drug should be taken at the same time every day. If you miss a dose of Clomid, be sure to contact your doctor for further instructions about what to do.
Monitor your reaction to Clomid. Many doctors will ask you to come in for blood work after taking Clomid to check your hormone levels to ensure the medication is working properly. Basal body temperature charting, urine testing or mucus testing may also be requested. In addition, watch for side effects. Upset stomach, vomiting, breast discomfort, headaches and abnormal vaginal bleeding may occur. Tell your doctor if these symptoms are severe or do not go away. If you have changes in vision, stomach pain or swelling, weight gain or shortness of breath, this can indicate a serious problem and you should contact your doctor immediately.
Anticipate ovulation and time intercourse appropriately. You can use ovulation predictor kits, monitor your cervical mucus or ask your doctor for advice on how to know when you are about to ovulate. According to Drugs.com, ovulation typically occurs five to 10 days after taking Clomid, although this may vary depending upon the individual. Frequent sexual intercourse during the three days preceding ovulation will greatly maximize your chances of conception, according to FertilityFriend.com.
Follow up with your doctor. Clomid is only meant for short term use. If you have used Clomid for three to six months and have not become pregnant, discuss additional fertility treatments with your doctor that may be a better fit for you.
Using a calendar can be an easy way to record important information for you and your doctor. Some examples of things that could be recorded include the date your menstrual period began, when you took Clomid, when you had intercourse, when you ovulated and any unusual physical symptoms you experienced.
Clomid may increase the risk of multiple births. Discuss this and other risks with your doctor before taking Clomid.