Clomiphene Citrate is a 25-year-old medication that is able to induce menstrual periods in women who otherwise were not menstruating or ovulating. It is also able to help women who are not ovulating be able to become pregnant since it stimulates the ovaries to produce eggs.
How This Medication Works
Menstruation is a very complex process. It is dependent upon hormones acting in such a way that an egg is released from the ovaries, pituitary glands and hypothalamus. If there is an imbalance in any of these hormones, the normal ovulation process will be disturbed and infertility will occur. Clomid is able to correct this problem by regulating hormonal secretion and by triggering the series of events that ends in ovulation. Studies have shown that between 50 to 90% of women are able to achieve ovulation once they begin taking this medication.
How This Medication Should Be Taken
You can take this medication with or without food. However, otherwise it is important to follow your doctors directions while taking this medication. These instructions should be printed on your prescription bottle in case you have any questions
It is important to properly time sexual intercourse in order to achieve good results with this medication. Your doctor will instruct you to take this medication on either days 3 through 7 or 5 through 9 of your menstrual cycle. After you take a dosage, you will usually ovulate between five to ten days afterwards. Make sure to follow your doctor's orders closely.