Your GP, Consultant or IVF Clinic Fertility Specialist may recommend a follicle tracking scan to assist with conceiving a baby. They may request for you to book this ultrasound scan to:
Your GP, Consultant or IVF clinic will calculate when your follicle tracking scan should be timed according to your menstrual cycle. This will determine when you are most likely to be ovulating.
Gynaecological ultrasound and some early pregnancy ultrasound scans are routinely performed using a transvaginal probe technique. This technique is used to view the pelvic anatomy optimally, as the ultrasound probe can transmit safe ultrasound waves more directly to the pelvic area.
There is no clinical risk associated with performing a transvaginal ultrasound scan. Transvaginal ultrasound scans can safely be performed during menstruation and episodes of vaginal bleeding.
It is important that you understand the procedure that is associated with this examination.The ultrasound transducer will be placed in the vagina (the probe is prepared using high grade medical disinfectant)
Below is a link to our Transvaginal Ultrasound Consent Form. This must be completed ahead of your appointment to confirm whether you consent or do not consent to having your scan performed transvaginally.
If you are a virgin (virgo intacta), guidance determines that transvaginal ultrasound scans are clinically contraindicated. If you have discussed this with your referrer and still wish to proceed with a transvaginal ultrasound scan, we can perform this type of examination for you.
The main purpose of the follicle tracking scan is to ensure that you are ovulating and producing eggs. The scan will reveal the growing follicles within your ovaries. Follicles are the small, fluid filled sacs that should each contain an egg. During each menstrual cycle, one or more of your follicles should mature and release an egg so that it can be fertilised. If you’re undergoing fertility treatment, you may be taking medication to stimulate your ovaries so that more eggs are released. Our sonographers will also assess the endometrial lining, to ensure that this is also well prepared for either conception or IVF transfer.
During the Follicle Tracking Scan, we will be able to see the individual growing follicles on your ovaries so we can:
We can easily arrange an appointment at a time that is convenient for you. As well as our usual weekday appointments, we can also provide early morning, evening or weekend ultrasound scan appointments. To help you feel more comfortable, we only have female sonographers.
You will need to arrange the appointment at the correct stage of your menstrual cycle. The first day that your period starts is referred to as Day1 of the menstrual cycle, this is the date of your Last Menstrual Period L.M.P. Your Referring Specialist will be able to tell you when to arrange your follicle tracking scans.
Please be aware that if you arrive late for your gynaecology, follicle tracking or endometrial lining scan appointment, it may delay the sonographer’s time allocated to writing your ultrasound report, thus delay your report being sent to your designated clinic. This may impact your treatment. Please help us to prevent such delays by arriving before your appointment time, allowing enough time to have your temperature taken, empty your bladder and wash your hands.
We will provide a comprehensive Follicle Tracking Scan ultrasound scan report with images. We use the latest Viewpoint 6 Reporting technology. This can easily be shared with your GP, fertility specialist or other doctor. The ultrasound report and images can be sent electronically immediately to you and your referrer. Please note that the Sonographer is responsible for providing a detailed ultrasound report, but is not responsible for the interpretation of ultrasound findings. These findings are to be discussed with your referring physician.
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