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How Many Days After Clomid do you Ovulate?

There are lots of different reasons you might find you are not ovulating as regularly or as often as you’d like. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has a long list of symptoms that include hirsutism and anxiety as well as fertility issues. As many as 20% of women in the UK may be affected according to the NHS. While PCOS accounts for a lot of ovulation issues, even something as simple as stress can disrupt when you ovulate: if you’re extremely stressed at work, your body interprets this as being a situation that could be dangerous to go through pregnancy in, so your menstrual cycle slips. In extreme cases this can lead to missing ovulation altogether!

Whatever the reason your body starts to miss ovulation, there is medication that can help. Clomid is one of the common ovulation drugs, which can effectively encourage your body to ovulate when it needs to by stimulating it to produce more hormones. This won’t help, however, if you don’t know when it’s going to make you ovulate. If you don’t know when you ovulate, you can’t take advantage of it to boost your chances of getting pregnant!

How Does Clomid Work?

Clomid isn’t just a pill containing hormones that make you ovulate. Your body, and especially your reproductive system is a carefully balanced system, so affecting that system might require a more complicated intervention than you might think.

Clomid works by encouraging your body to create more of its own ovulation stimulating hormones, namely LH, the Luteinising Hormone, and FSH, the Follicle Stimulating Hormone. It does this by blocking your body from registering high levels of oestrogen. It’s oestrogen that tells your body an egg has been released from the ovaries, so if it can’t detect it, it will continue to push towards ovulation.

When Does it Work?

If your body has ceased ovulating altogether, Clomid can take some time to get to work. From the point you start taking Clomid, your body begins the processes that lead to ovulation, maturing eggs in the ovaries, and eventually releasing one (or potentially more) into the fallopian tubes.

You can expect to begin ovulating within 5-10 days of beginning Clomid, but getting an effective result means timing it carefully with your cycle to ensure it’s giving you the hormonal boost you need at the right time for your body. Your doctor or fertility specialist will advise you on the best time to start.

Knowing When you Ovulate

If you’re taking medication to help you ovulate, you need to make sure you know when or if it’s working! Hormone-based ovulation predictor kits aren’t as useful when you’re taking Clomid, as the medication itself disrupts the normal levels of hormones in your system and makes it hard for these OPKs to get an accurate result.

OvuSense uses your Basal Body Temperature for a more accurate result if you’re using Clomid. Our sensor and algorithm turn your core temperature readings into a prediction of when you’re due to ovulate that you can trust to give a boost to your chances of conceiving.

To learn more about pregnancy and fertility issues visit PCOS