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What are the Chances of Getting Pregnant on Clomid

Clomid is one of the most commonly prescribed fertility drugs in the UK. It’s helped a lot of people get pregnant; lots of others are hesitant to use it. If it’s offered as an option by your doctor, you need to weigh up some questions: what are the chances it can work for you? What are the side effects and are they worth it?

How Does Clomid Work?

It’s helpful to understand how this medication works to boost your fertility. Clomid is slightly more complicated than a mere boost to the chemicals that make your body ovulate.

Rather than simply giving you more hormones like Luteinising Hormone which governs ovulation, Clomid blocks the receptors that tells your brain your body has created ‘enough’ LH. This causes it to create more and more, which can often lead to ovulation, if you’ve not been ovulating previously. Your doctor will work with you to create a schedule for your Clomid doses that works with your existing cycle, boosting it when it needs it, rather than using the drug as a blunt instrument.

It comes with side effects, possibly most significantly quite severe mood swings. It’s this that makes some people look elsewhere for help.

Chances of Success

Current studies indicate that 70 – 80% of women who take Clomid will ovulate in their next cycle. That’s not the same as your chance of getting pregnant though. Ovulation is only part of the journey.

If you’re going to get pregnant you need to know when you’re going to ovulate so you can try to conceive within your fertile window: the time in the run up to that egg being released into the fallopian tubes when sperm can survive long enough to encounter it and fertilise it.

OvuSense tracks your progesterone levels by monitoring your core temperature with a specialised sensor. Our clinically tested algorithm can turn that data into a prediction of when you’re going to ovulate within days, and cuts through the hormonal confusion of both PCOS and Clomid in a way other methods cannot.

Other Factors

As well ovulation you need to look into other factors that can affect fertility: your luteal phase is as important as ovulation. It’s in this phase that your body builds up the endometrial lining in your uterus that a fertilised egg implants into. Issues with the luteal phase can lead to unsuccessful conceptions even if you are ovulating and that egg is fertilised.

It’s also important to consider the reproductive health of your partner. Fertility issues are just as common for men, and they may need to take action as well – poor sperm health and low motility can be treated in men, but needs to be identified first!

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