OvuSense logo

What are the Chances of Getting Pregnant on Clomid?

If you’re having difficulty conceiving, one of the solutions you may explore is to use a fertility drug, of which the most common prescribed is Clomid. Clomid is a medication that comes with a long list of side effects, including (but not limited to) visual distortions, diarrhoea, vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain caused by swollen ovaries.

Given the list of side effects, you need to know what the chances are of success when you try to get pregnant while taking Clomid: if it doesn’t make a difference to your chances of conceiving it may not be a worthwhile step for you to take.

What Does Clomid Do?

Clomid is a fertility drug that specifically treats the issue of irregular and infrequent ovulation – so the first thing you need to remember is that if the cause of your fertility issues isn’t related to ovulation, Clomid won’t help.

It works by blocking the receptors in your brain that would normally register when your body has produced ‘enough’ of the hormones that stimulate ovulation. This means your body continues to produce the Luteinising Hormone that causes the ovaries to release an egg in high quantities – until an egg is indeed ovulated! You’ll work with your doctor or fertility specialist to find a schedule for your Clomid doses that matches your body’s menstrual cycle.

The Effects

70%-80% of women who take Clomid will ovulate during treatment, but this isn’t the end of the story. You need to identify when you’re going to ovulate, and make sure you’re trying to conceive during the days leading up that event – this is what’s known as your ‘fertile window’, when you’re most likely to succeed.

The average chance of a successful conception on Clomid is 35%, but you can make sure you’re taking fuller advantage of the opportunity it affords you by tracking when you’re going to ovulate, so you know when your fertile window is coming in advance.

Basal Body Temperature

Some of the most widespread ways of tracking when you ovulate are dependent on checking your hormone levels, but unfortunately, Clomid disrupts your hormonal background. An ovulation predictor kit is convenient, but it tests the hormones in your urine and if those hormones are being affected by medication, the tests can’t give an accurate answer.

Your basal body temperature gives you a more accurate guide as to when you’re close to ovulating that isn’t affected by your hormone levels. OvuSense uses this method to give you reliable predictions of your next fertile window to help you capitalise on your Clomid treatment and give you the best chance of getting pregnant.

To learn more about pregnancy and fertility issues visit PCOS