What Are My Chances of Becoming Pregnant on ClomidⓇ?

When you’re concerned about your fertility, it’s understandable to want clear, definitive answers about whether or not various treatments will help you become pregnant. Understanding the risks and success rates of each option will help you make better choices and increase your chance of conceiving. Unfortunately, fertility is often a complex issue, affected by many factors within a couple. Mark Schumacher, MD, a fertility specialist in Reno, Nevada, can help you discover what’s causing your infertility and understand your treatment options.

Clomid® is often the first treatment explored when you’re having trouble conceiving. Below is some information that will help you understand the role of Clomid on fertility and your chances of becoming pregnant while taking it.

Clomid: The Statistics

Around 30% of infertility is caused by ovulation disorders, meaning your ovaries fail to release an egg in a predictable, healthy manner. Clomid supports ovulation by changing your hormone balance. If Dr. Schumacher determines you’re not ovulating, he may recommend Clomid as the first line of therapy.

Clomid has a high rate of success in inducing ovulation. In fact, one study reported that 73% of women taking Clomid ovulated while on the drug. These women experienced a pregnancy rate of 36%. Of those who become pregnant using Clomid, up to 87% of them do so within three months of use. Six months is considered the standard amount of time to be on Clomid before moving onto more aggressive fertility options.

Clomid is non-invasive and less expensive than many other fertility treatments. It can be used for up to six months or a bit longer and is taken at a specific time in your menstrual cycle. Dr. Schumacher will discuss your treatment options with you and let you know if he thinks Clomid is right for you.

Understanding the Complexity of Fertility

Many factors that affect your ability to conceive. Both men and women can have issues with fertility. Men may have low sperm count or may produce sperm with irregular shapes causing decreased mobility. Women may have hormonal or physical problems which prevent pregnancy. Common issues include blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, and cysts on the ovaries. Infertility is often caused by a combination of factors, not just one.

Because of the complexity of fertility, it’s essential to have a thorough exam and fertility tests for both you and your partner. This allows Dr. Schumacher to determine whether you have a second issue in addition to a lack of ovulation. If ovulation issues are the main reason for your infertility, you will have a greater chance of becoming pregnant while using Clomid. If another problem is found, Dr. Schumacher may suggest you treat that issue before trying Clomid. He will also let you know if a more aggressive fertility treatment is needed.

Factors Affecting Ovulation

Clomid can only be effective in helping you get pregnant if it stimulates ovulation. However, some women are considered resistant to Clomid, meaning it doesn’t make them ovulate. Clomid might not stimulate ovulation if you’re overweight, underweight, participate in extreme exercise, have high stress levels, or have hormone issues with prolactin or your thyroid gland.

Dr. Schumacher will likely test your hormone level to ensure your ovulation problems aren’t caused by prolactin or thyroid problems. There are also several things you can do on your own to increase your chances of success. If you’re overweight, talk to Dr. Schumacher about a healthy weight-loss plan. If you’re underweight, discuss the proper way to increase your weight. If you have extreme stress, consider therapy or lifestyle changes to help reduce your stress levels. All of this should be done before starting Clomid, if possible. Dr. Schumacher will take all of your fertility factors into consideration before recommending when you should begin therapy with Clomid.

If you have problems conceiving, it may be difficult to determine why. Fertility issues and treatment are highly personal, and we want you to choose what’s best for you. If you’re ready to explore your fertility treatment options, you can make an appointment with Dr. Schumacher online or call our office in Reno to find out if Clomid is right for you.

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