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A Follicle Tracking ultrasound scan allows your referrer to assess the ovarian follicular activity throughout your natural or IVF cycle.


For natural cycles, referrers often request the first follicle tracking scan to be performed on the 9th day of your menstrual cycle. Day 1 is the first day of your last period. You may need an earlier or later scan depending on the length and regularity of your usual cycle. Your referrer will determine when the best day to start tracking your follicles.


The follicular growth pattern will be assessed by your referrer, who may recommend further scans performed at 1-2 day intervals to track the follicles as they develop. Doctors often request three follicle tracking scans in a single cycle so that they can watch the follicle as it matures.


For those having IVF treatment, your fertility specialist often requests a baseline follicle tracking scan on days 2-4 of your cycle. They will then plan your ovarian follicular stimulation based on these findings and start stimulating your ovaries with medication.

About

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.

Preparation

You should empty your bladder just before the Follicle Tracking Scan, this prevents discomfort and ensures your uterus and ovaries are in the most optimal position to perform the scan.


You’ll need to remove the clothes from the waist downwards, including your underwear. Our sonographer will give you privacy whilst you prepare. A large hygienic tissue sheet will be provided to cover your modesty.


If you’re undergoing fertility treatment you may need to take medication to stimulate ovulation. Your fertility doctor can advise you about this.

Methodology

Follicle tracking is performed using a transvaginal ultrasound probe. The specially designed probe will be inserted into your vagina so that the ultrasound waves can be focused on your ovaries.


Your fertility specialist might also recommend a blood test to check your hormone levels alongside the ultrasound scan as they can affect ovulation and your ability to conceive. We are able to perform blood tests for you. Please let our team know which blood tests you require.

Indications

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:

  • Determine when you are ovulating so you can time your sexual activity to maximise the chances of conceiving naturally
  • Ensure that your eggs are maturing and being released for fertilisation to exclude gynaecological conditions which can affect fertility
  • Determine the baseline antral follicle count (AFC) to help plan IVF treatment
  • Ensure that your medication is working if you’re having fertility treatment to stimulate ovulation
  • Determine when your eggs are ready to be collected for IVF treatment
  • Ensure that your eggs are maturing and being released for fertilisation to exclude gynaecological conditions which can affect fertility

Interpretation

The sonographer will be able to tell you the results of the scan at the time of visit. You will also get a detailed ultrasound report to file with your health records.

Disclaimer

The scan results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.

How it works

  • Book a visit

    Contact us via our website, email or phone to book your visit. A visit fee will apply depending on your location, regardless of required service(s).

  • Meet our medic

    We come to you on the day your visit is booked. Our medic will have all the required equipment to provide medical care to you and your family at your home, work, or a place of your choice.

  • Get the results

    We deliver results electronically via email, or by post to you and your doctor, if requested. Our medics can liaise with your doctor to help you get the care you need.