If your doctor has recommended clomid for infertility, you're probably curious about what to expect. Of course, treatments will vary from person to person, depending on a number of factors. For example, clomid treatment with a gynecologist often looks different from treatment by a fertility specialist, and sometimes clomid is combined with IUI treatment, while other times it's timed with intercourse at home. This guide to day-by-day clomid treatment will give you a general idea of what your cycle may look like.
Important note: As always, you should follow your doctor's instructions when taking clomid. Don't be shy about asking her questions about your treatment before, during, or after the cycle.
Clomid Cycle Day 1: Your Period Begins
Your doctor will likely tell you to contact her office on the first day of your period. (If you have irregular periods, your doctor may prescribe the medication Provera, a form of progesterone, to induce a period first.) The first day of your period is the day you have a menstrual flow, and not just very light spotting. If you're unsure about how much bleeding is a new period, or if your bleeding is unusually light, ask your doctor. She may have you take a beta pregnancy test (via blood work) to ensure you're not pregnant.
The first day of your period is Day One of your cycle, though depending on when your flow began, your doctor may tell you that your official Day One is actually the day after your period began. (This is one reason you may need to call.) It's important you write this date down, as you will need to take clomid on particular days of your cycle, and you may also need to have certain tests done on specific days.
To make the cycle easier to track, you can mark on a personal calendar the days of your cycle alongside the calendar dates. For example, if on April 3rd you get your period, you'd write a 1 in a circle on April 3rd, a 2 in a circle on April 4th, and so on.