If you are suffering from fertility issues then you may be prescribed a drug known as Clomiphene Citrate, more often known by its brand name as Clomid. This is a fertility drug which is used to induce ovulation in those that are struggling to get pregnant or are suffering from irregular ovulation. However, it is not prescribed in every situation.
Clomid is only prescribed to those people who are having problems with ovulation. Therefore before you are prescribed drug you will be screened for a while by your doctor to ensure that there are no other issues at play which could be affecting your fertility. If they believe there aren?t then you will be prescribed this drug.
To understand how Clomid works it is best to start by discussing a little bit about the normal menstrual cycle. It is during the first half of your cycle that follicles within your ovaries enlarge. Each of these follicles contains one egg. During the maturation process the follicles produce estrogen. If the level of estrogen is low in your body a hormone is released called GnRH which stimulates FSH production within the body. This FSH (it stands for follicle stimulating hormone) causes these follicles to grow and thus building up estrogen levels. This eventually causes a release of LH which eventually causes the egg to be released and thus ovulation occurs.
Clomid works by blocking the estrogen receptors in your brain. This of course causes the body to believe it is low in production of estrogen and kicks up the supply of the aforementioned hormones. This hopefully will stimulate ovulation in women who are suffering from issues in this particular department.
In deciding whether you need to be prescribed Clomid or not, your doctor will take a look at your ovulation pattern. If you not ovulating regularly then there is a good chance that Clomid may be able to help you out. This is why it is important that if you believe you are suffering from fertility issues that you keep a record of when you ovulate. You can also purchase things from the pharmacy which will tell you whether you are ovulating or not.
When you are prescribed Clomid you will take a dosage of 50mg on days 5-9of your menstrual cycle. This is five days after your period starts. In some cases people may not be having a regular period and thus your doctor will also be able to prescribe you medication which induces a regular period. Like birth control pills the Clomid will need to be taken at the same time every single day for a period of five days. If it does manage to spur on ovulation this will occur around seven days after your last dose of Clomid. If ovulation does not occur then your doctor will be able to ramp up the dosage. Generally speaking, around 45% of women are able to get pregnant within six cycles of taking Clomid, which makes it one of the most successful treatments on the market.
If you are suffering from fertility issues why not talk to your doctor about the possibility of using Clomid?