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.


What is ovulation (follicular) tracking?

Ovulation tracking is a simple process that can help you identify which days you are 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.


Why is the timing of sex so important?

If you are 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 and if you have sex at the right time the sperm are ready and waiting for the egg when the female ovulates.  Most common advice says having sex every second day prior to and including ovulation day, but this is unscientific advice.  Dr Greening believes that daily sex improves sperm quality.  In 2009 he received quite a bit of attention at the World ESHRE conference in Amsterdam for his novel pilot study of 118 men who ejaculated for 7 days in a row.  The study abstract “Keep the River Flowing” is attached.

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?

You will require an initial consultation with Dr Greening, and you can call his private rooms on (02) 42713900.   You will require a GP referral.