Pelvic ultrasound scans for follicle tracking
Pelvic examination scans to detect pathologies
Performed to examine the uterus (womb) and ovaries, their size, shape and appearance. The lining of the womb (endometrium) is examined to check thickness as it can detect causes of bleeding in pre and post-menopausal women.
A pelvic ultrasound scan can also detect fibroids, cysts, pelvic infections, tumours, and polycystic ovary syndrome, among other conditions.
Priced at £95 per scan
Pelvic scans for follicle tracking
Day 2 - to check for antral follicles, also to exclude any cysts from previous cycle.
Day 9 - to check all the anatomy to exclude fibroids and endometrial polyps. We can also exclude any pathology from the previous cycle.
We measure the lining of the womb (endometrium) and measure the follicles within the ovary (which contain the eggs).
The next scan is performed depending on the size of the follicles and they are monitored to inform you when an estimation of ovulation is likely to occur, which in turn increases your chances of conceiving. It is performed to estimate when ovulation is likely to occur and can increase your chances of fertilisation, both naturally and with the help of fertility treatment.
The third scan is performed after ovulation, a corpus luteal cyst should be present to ensure ovulation has occurred; this will give you an insight of how the ovaries are working within it and whether you are definitely ovulating.
- A transvaginal scan is normally performed;
- Report provided after scan.
Priced at £95 per scan
Ultrasound scanning methods
The transabdominal scan requires you to drink one litre of water one and a half hours before the procedure. This ensures your bladder is full so that the scan produces a clear image. During the examination, the sonographer places gel onto your lower abdomen, and firmly moves the probe back and forth.
A transvaginal scan produces very clear images of the female pelvic organs, owing to the position of the probe. This examination is an internal ultrasound that involves placing a probe the scans are performed internally using a long narrow probe that is inserted into the vagina and is gently moved around. The procedure is not painful however you may experience mild discomfort.