If you are looking for help to conceive naturally, a good initial step is to have some ovulation cycle tracking, also known as follicular tracking. We have a fertility nurse (Lauren) to help you along the way.
What is ovulation (follicular) tracking?
Ovulation tracking is a simple process that can help you identify which days you’re most fertile in your menstrual cycle.
This is done by tracking your hormone cycle to predict when you are going to ovulate. By having a simple pelvic ultrasound and blood tests to detect ovulation, we can advise you of the ideal time to have sex to give you the best chance of conception.
This is more accurate than home ovulation kits and you do not require a consultation with Dr Greening initially or visits to our practice. The tests can be done at an ultrasound and pathology that is suitable to you.
Why is the timing of sex so important?
If you’re trying to fall pregnant, so many couples get it wrong. The timing of when you and your partner have sex is critical and the most fertile time in your menstrual cycle are the days leading up to ovulation, before the egg is released from the ovary.
After ovulation, the egg survives for about 24 hours. Sperm retain fertilising capability for two to three days in the fallopian tubes. For this reason, it is recommended that couples have sex every two days in the lead up to ovulation. This means that sperm are ready and waiting for the egg when the female ovulates.
If you wait until you ovulate, then you are most likely to have missed your fertile window and the opportunity for conception that month.
How do I organise tracking?
What if this does not work?
Lauren our fertility nurse will help you through this cycle of tests giving you professional and expert advice. If after 3 months of tracking you still have not achieved a pregnancy, then you are already in the right place to have this checked further with a consultation by Dr Greening. The staff will be able to assist you with a suitable appointment and you will require a referral from your GP for both you and your partner.
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