When You Ovulate and When to Have Sex During a Clomid Treatment Cycle
Choosing the Best Days to Boost Conception on Clomid
When will you ovulate on Clomid? This is an important question if you want to boost your odds of pregnancy success during treatment. If you know when you will ovulate, you can time your horizontal baby dancing for your most fertile time.
Here’s the thing… there’s no one day that everyone ovulates when taking Clomid. There are “Clomid calculators” online that claim to tell you when you’ll ovulate, but they really are a best guess.
That said, there are average ovulation days. Also, there are ways you can time s*x to increase your chances of getting pregnant during treatment.
The Average Time Women Ovulate on Clomid
Most women will ovulate 7 to 10 days after they take their last Clomid pill. Depending on the Clomid protocol you’re on, that means you should be having s*x every day or every other day starting on Day 11 through Day 21 of your cycle.
More on Clomid protocols: Some doctors recommend taking Clomid on Days 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the cycle, while others recommend taking Clomid on Days 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
If you are on the Day 3 to 7 protocol, this would mean you’re most likely to ovulate (on average) sometime between Day 14 and Day 17 of your cycle.
To conceive, you want to have s*x before you ovulate.
So, you might want to have s*x every day or every other day starting on Day 11 and ending on Day 18.
If you are on the Day 5 to 9 protocol, you’re most likely to ovulate (on average) between Day 16 and 19.
In this case, you’d want to start having s*x every day or every other day starting on Day 13 through Day 21.
These are just averages. It’s possible you’ll ovulate earlier or later than the average.
This means you could theoretically miss your most fertile time if you start having s*x too early or too late.
Best Way to Predict Ovulation When Taking Clomid
Your best bet is probably to use an ovulation predictor test.
If you’ve never tried an ovulation predictor test (or OPK, ovulation predictor kit), they work a lot like pregnancy tests.
You pee on a stick, and the test will indicate whether you’re in your fertile window or not.
You can start taking the OPKs the day after you finish your Clomid pills. Keep taking the tests until you get a positive result. A positive result indicates that you’re nearing ovulation and should have s*x. Start having s*x every day until the OPKs are no longer positive.
One thing to keep in mind: a positive OPK doesn’t mean you ovulated. It just means the hormone LH was detected in your urine.
While LH does surge before ovulation, just because LH surges doesn’t guarantee you actually ovulated.
If you want to be more sure that you actually ovulated, consider charting your basal body temperature. This will let you know when and if you actually ovulated.
Ovulation When You Take Clomid and Injectables
Sometimes, Clomid is used together with injectable medications.
The most common injectable medication is the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This is sometimes called a Trigger Shot.
It’s called a Trigger Shot because it triggers ovulation to occur within 24 to 48 hours after injection.
That means your most fertile day will be the day of the trigger shot injection.
So, unless your doctor tells you otherwise, start having s*x that day.
To optimize your odds of conception, keep having s*x every day for the next three days.
Another Great Option: Just Have s*x All Month Long
If you’d rather not bother with ovulation test kits, you could just have s*x every one or two days, all month long.
If you have s*x every other day or every two days, you’re bound to have s*x during your fertile time.
Start having s*x after you finish taking your Clomid pills.
There are other advantages to having frequent s*x—it’s better for his sperm, and it’s better on your relationship.
Is Timed s*x Stressing You Out?
If you or your partner are struggling with having s*x “on the clock,” you’re not alone.
This is a common struggle for couples trying to conceive.
For one, you may need to have s*x when you’re not in the mood. Don’t feel bad for not “feeling” it.
Secondly, it can feel weird to have s*x knowing that your doctor “knows” you’re having s*x on particular days. (Just so you know… your doctor isn’t even thinking about you having s*x. Honestly.)
Having s*x frequently throughout the month—instead of only on your ovulation days—can help with this tension.
Another thing to keep in mind is s*x-on-demand during a fertility treatment cycle isn’t forever. It’s only during those cycles, and this time will not last forever. Keeping in mind that this is a temporary problem can help.