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Clomid Success Rates: Discussing Fertility Drug Effectiveness

By Dr. Kalan on February 28, 2018


A mother with her babyWhile in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) are effective procedures that significantly increase the chances of pregnancy and live birth, there are other less expensive options to consider. The use of fertility drugs like Clomid have helped many of our Los Angeles, CA patients become pregnant and give birth to healthy children.

Clomid is a brand name of clomiphene citrate. A lower-cost alternative to IVF and other assisted-reproduction procedures, it helps improve the chances of pregnancy and live birth. Clomid is also available under the names clomiphene and Serophene. Let’s consider the success rates an effectiveness of Clomid.

How Does Clomid Work?

Clomid is used when a woman suffers from infrequent or irregular menstrual cycles, or when they suffer from otherwise unexplained infertility. Clomid is usually taken in 50mg doses. If the initial dosage does not work, your fertility specialist may recommend increasing the dosage by another 50mg or more.

Your fertility specialist may recommend taking Clomid in combination with other fertility drugs depending on your situation and the nature of your fertility obstacles.

Success Rates for Ovulation with Clomid

According to a literature review from Human Reproduction, the estimated ovulation success rate for ovulation with Clomid is 73 percent. Up to 80 percent of women will experience ovulation after their first Clomid cycle. That means Clomid is a quite effective option for improving a woman’s cycle, hence boosting the chances of pregnancy.

Success Rates for Pregnancy with Clomid

In terms of successful pregnancy, Clomid has a success rate of approximately 36 percent. Other numbers can vary on this, of course. The general pregnancy rate from Clomid use according to multiple studies is between 7 percent and 30 percent.

For perspective, a couple with no fertility issues has a 25 percent chance of pregnancy from intercourse without any fertility treatment.

Success Rates for Live Birth with Clomid

The success rate for live birth with women taking Clomid is 29 percent. This is lower than the pregnancy rate because of the potential for pregnancy loss. That said, Clomid itself does not appear to increase the risk of miscarriage. Instead, various infertility and health factors play a role in the pregnancy loss.

Note: The Cause of Infertility Affects Clomid Effectiveness

While Clomid is generally effective at addressing female infertility linked to ovulation problems, it is not as effective when prescribed to help address unknown causes of infertility. It’s important the patients have realistic expectations about what Clomid can achieve and how effective it may be in addressing needs.

When Will I Know If Clomid Is Ineffective?

If you take Clomid for six months and are unable to get pregnant, your fertility specialist will recommend that you try something else. That six-month threshold gives the drug ample chance to work.

Creating a Fertility Treatment Plan for Your Needs

During the consultation process, we can perform a full exam to assess the nature of your infertility issues and then develop a treatment plan just for you and your needs. Clomid may be just one part of the initial part of the treatment plan, so please keep that in mind.

Contact Los Angeles Reproductive Center

If you would like more information about Clomid and how fertility drugs may be able to help you start a family, be sure to contact the team at Los Angeles Reproductive Center. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.

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