Women who are trying to get pregnant have reported that clomid affects their basal body temperature and thus, misinterpretation of temperatures on their BBT charts can happen.
What is Clomid?
Clomiphene, Serophene is an oral medication that induces ovulation. It works by making your pituitary gland think you ovaries are not doing their job. The pituitary gland will try to stimulate the ovarian response by increasing the output of stimulating the Luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
According to report by women who take Clomid, the resulting high hormone levels begin to drop again by the fifth day of taking the medication. This is when the ovary begins to respond.
Clomid can be used by women who are not ovulating, those who are ovulating regularly, and those who require assistance in the correction of their luteal phase defect.
How does clomid affect basal body temperature?
According to some users of Clomid, this medication causes their basal body temperature to be quite high while taking it, then drop after, finally rising again with ovulation. Clomid has also been reported to have an effect on fertile cervical mucus. Clomid causes a decrease in the volume of cervical mucus or produce hostile cervical mucus, according to scientific studies.
Some women report that when charting your BBT and taking clomid at the same time, your temperatures will rise usually on the third day of Clomid use up to a few days after you stop using the medication. Ovulation usually happens 5-14 days after your last day of taking Clomid. Thus you can identify if the increase in your temperatures is due to Clomid or ovulation.
If you start using your ovulation prediction kits while taking Clomid or even up to 2 days after the last pill, you will reportedly see a false positive test, which is quite normal. But for more accurate results, use your ovulation prediction kits 3-4 days after your last Clomid pill.