Do You Need to Get a Period before Starting Clomid?

Clomid is an ovulation inductor medication and will be recommended before an assisted reproductive procedure such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI). If you are about to start treatment with Clomid, you will have to know when it’s the best time to start.

Clomid Treatment and Your Cycle

Before you start taking Clomid (clomiphene citrate) to induce ovulation, you will need to wait to get a period. This is mostly due to the fact that you may be pregnant, so it’s safer if you wait until you get your period. A pregnancy test may show negative even if you are indeed pregnant. The treatment with clomiphene citrate may also disturb your ovulation schedule, especially if you have recently ovulated.

Another reason why clomiphene citrate should be started only after you get a period is that the lining of the uterus will have to be prepared for a possible implantation, and if you ovulate when the lining is not fully prepared, the implantation of the egg may fail. If you don’t get a period every month, let your fertility doctor know and he may induce menses, administering a few meds such as progesterone.

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