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What is Clomid and what does it have to do with ovulation? Well, Clomid is a fertility drug used to induce ovulation in women. Women might use Clomid to induce fertility when they have a problem with anovulation, which is a lack of ovulation. Anovulation occurs mostly in women who have infrequent or even absent periods.
What causes anovulation? For some reason, if your body does produce the correct amounts of LH (luteinizing hormone) or FSH (follicular stimulation hormone) the egg that you are suppose to produce every month will be immature and not ready to release, causing you not to ovulate. Clomid and other brands of prescription drugs can help women who are infertile because of anovulation achieve a pregnancy from anywhere between a few months to a half year of treatment.
Clomid can help women in a few different ways. What Clomid does is affect your estrogen brain receptors so that they do not bind with the estrogen floating around in your body. There are specific receptors in your brain that are used for only certain type of hormones, sort of like a lock and key. If the keyhole is blocked, the key cannot enter. The same is what happens to your estrogen brain receptors when you are on Clomid. Clomid blocks up your brain receptors so the estrogen cannot attach to them.
So what does your body do to combat this? It calls on your pituitary gland and hypothalamus to produce more GnRH (Gonadotropin Releasing hormone), LH and FSH, which is important in maturing the egg for ovulation! To sum things up, Clomid causes your body to release the hormones that are important to ovulation as well as increases the amount of estrogen in your body (sometimes doubles and may even triple the amount of estrogen).
Estrogen also plays a major role in the stimulating and growing the ovarian follicles as well as the implantation of the egg that is released.
Most women start taking about 50 mg of Clomid starting at day 3 or 5 of their cycle. It is only taken for 5 days per month. If for some reason 50 mg does not induce ovulation, your doctor might recommend 100 or even 150 mg.