If you and your partner have been trying to have a baby for a while, you’ve probably tried calculating your ovulation carefully. You know that your best day to get pregnant is on the 14th day of your menstrual cycle, so you’ve been dropping everything in an attempt to conceive. If your attempts have not yet gotten you pregnant, it might be time to talk to your doctor about fertility treatment.

Many women who are hoping to become mothers fear the word “infertile.” Technically, infertility is defined as a woman’s inability to get pregnant in one year after discontinuing any contraceptive methods. So, while infertility might be inconvenient, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will never be a mother. Once you talk to your doctor about your inability to conceive, he or she might even be able to help move things along. One common fertility treatment for women in the United States is a medication called Clomid.

Clomid Is the brand name for clomiphene citrate. It can’t cure all type of infertility, but it can help women who are not conceiving due to a problem with ovulation. If you have irregular periods or polycystic ovarian syndrome, Clomid could help. In fact, it works with 80% of the women who take it. It works by stimulating ovulation so that you can better predict when conception would be most effective. You’ll take it in pill form, and your doctor will give you a schedule that outlines which days you should take the medication and which days you should try to conceive.

Compared to other types of fertility treatments, Clomid has very few side effects. You might experience nausea and hot flashes. A well-known symptom of fertility treatments is multiples in pregnancy, and that is also true to Clomid. When you become pregnant with Clomid, you have a 10% chance of having multiples. In normal pregnancy, your chances are less than 1%.

If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, don’t panic. It doesn’t necessarily mean you will never be mom. Talk to your doctor about your fertility, and he or she might recommend that you try Clomid to regulate your ovulation.

But before you start taking Clomid have your partner do a spermanalysis. In about 1 in 3 couples his sperm count is abnormal, and before you start taking medicine, you want to ensure that he does not have an issue too.

If you don’t become pregnant within six months of starting Clomid, your infertility might be caused by another factor, and your doctor will recommend another type of treatment. It might be a sign that your fallopian tubes are blocked.

Source: LW Cox: Infertility, Practice and Practicability. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Volume 12 Issue 2 pp. 126-130 February 2008