Conceiving is one of the highlights of any couples life together. When you get the confirmation that you are actually expectant, very few feelings can be compared to the joy and elation couple’s experience, especially if they have been struggling with infertility for some time. Unfortunately, sometimes this isn’t possible for some couples as they may need help to conceive. This is where medication such as Clomid comes in.


Clomid can be helpful for those trying to conceive without success. It is an oral medication that can be used to stimulate ovulation. It works by blocking estrogen receptors in the brain which in turn cause the brain to produce more follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. These trigger the onset of ovulation.

How Can Clomid Help?

Clomid is recommended for couples who are trying to conceive. It is especially recommended for couples who are facing the following problems;

  • Male infertility problemsWhen the man has fertility problems, your doctor may recommend artificial insemination to increase the chances of pregnancy. Clomid can, then, be used to predict an ovulation response for timed insemination.
  • Irregular ovulationWhen ovulation is irregular it becomes next to impossible to conceive. Clomid offers an opportunity to couples who are trying to conceive and are facing these challenges by regularizing ovulation.
  • Unexplained infertility – Clomid is a good intervention for couples who are trying to conceive but are unable to because of unknown reasons. This is often recommended by doctors when fertility test can’t point out a specific problem or may otherwise appear healthy.

How Is Clomid Taken?

Most couples start off with a low dose of 50mg, which is taken orally. Clomid is usually taken for 5 days, beginning from the fifth day of your menstrual cycle

If there are no results after 6 months your doctor may consider raising the dose.

Side Effects of Clomid

Rare side effects of using Clomid include visual changes, reversible hair thinning and hives. Others include the following:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Higher chances of multiple births
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Flushing
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal bleeding 

Women who have used Clomid for an extended period of time may experience hyper stimulation. This is when the ovary becomes enlarged with multiple follicles. Your physician should assist you get through these. If you experience the following side effects when taking Clomid, consult your doctor immediately:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizure
  • Stroke
  • Chest pain

When to Have Sex when Using Clomid

Protocol needs to be followed when having sex after taking a Clomid pill. Depending on the kind your doctor puts you on, you can have sex every day or every other day starting on day 11 all through to day 21 of your menstrual cycle. Always ensure that you keep all doctors’ appointments while on Clomid for proper monitoring of your fertility.


Please note that development differs from one child to another. 

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Last reviewed March 2019

Sources: aiwhc, bounty, verywellfamily, rxlist

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