Cycle monitoring means an ultrasound examination of the uterus and the ovaries as well as a hormone analysis. It is a part of basic diagnostics steps which will assist us to find any possible disorders leading to infertility.
In the ovary, the number of growing follicles is counted and their size will be measured which provides valuable information about your follicular reserve at that moment. Based on the size of the follicles the maturity of the egg and the approximate time of ovulation can be estimated. During cycle monitoring, uterine lining (endometrium) and the uterus itself is also assessed.
The fallopian tubes are usually only detectable on ultrasound if they are abnormally altered.
In addition to the ultrasound examination an accurate hormone analysis is carried out. Data obtained from both exams together will help us to understand your cycle and your days of maximum fertility. This information helps us to support your body exactly where it is needed. In order for your fertility treatment to be most effective it is important to determine the exact time of egg maturity. Therefore it might be necessary to come to clinic a few times for cycle monitoring.
If an unusual shape of your uterus, uterine fibroids, endometrial polyps, abnormal fallopian tubes or endometriosis is detected during the ultrasound examination we may recommended you to have a hysteroscopy or laparoscopy for further diagnostic assessment or therapy. During these interventions the problem can be detected and operated on at the same time.
When is cycle monitoring useful?
- To evaluate your fertility factors
- for the diagnosis of cycle irregularities
- during fertility treatments
- determining the window of maximum fertility when the plan is to conceive naturally at home
When do I have to come to the cycle monitoring?
We will let you know at what time during the cycle you should come for monitoring and how many times approximately you would need to come for best therapy. Please find more information under IVF Naturelle, Insemination, IVF & ICSI.