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.  Nurse Kay, our fertility nurse will assist with this.

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 change 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 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. 

Read the study abstract Keep the river flowing

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?

Call (02) 42713900 and the staff will give you all the information you require to get started.  You do not need a referral from your GP and you do not need to see Dr Greening.  There is a fee involved for each cycle of tracking.

What if this does not work?

Nurse Kaye will help you through this cycle of tests giving you professional and export 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.