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Ovulation Tests

Ovulation is the point during the menstrual cycle when a mature egg is released from the ovary. It is an essential step for both natural and assisted conception, so it is important to know if and when it is happening.

Who Should Have Ovulation Tests?

Ovulation tests are often included in fertility assessments. You might want to get your fertility checked if you are planning for the future, ready to try for a baby, or having trouble conceiving. The tests can tell you if there are any issues that might make it harder or prevent you from conceiving naturally. Some women experience problems conceiving because they are not releasing eggs regularly. If this is the case then it may be possible to find out why and address the underlying problem. Alternatively, we may be able to trigger ovulation using medication.

If you need help getting pregnant, then you may have more ovulation tests during your IVF treatment. During the early stages of IVF, you will be given medication to encourage your ovaries to release more mature follicles. Ovulation tests can tell us how well this medication is working and when your eggs are ready to be collected.

What Do Ovulation Tests Involve?

We can use several different kinds of tests to check on ovulation. The tests will usually be timed according to your menstrual cycle as most women will be ovulating about halfway through the cycle. For example, if you have a regular 28-day cycle then you should be ovulating at around day 14. We would then recommend starting the tests a few days before this and repeating them until we get the right results. If you have an irregular cycle, it can be trickier to know when to perform the tests, but your doctor can determine when is the best time.

  • Blood test to measure the levels of progesterone, the hormone that is produced when a mature egg has been released at ovulation
  • Urine test to measure the levels of other hormones related to ovulation, such as luteinizing hormone (LH), which should rise just before you ovulate
  • Ultrasound scan to monitor the developing follicles in your ovaries so that we can see them maturing, being released and travelling down the fallopian tubes

The results of these tests can tell us whether you are ovulating, when it is happening, and what we can do to help you to get pregnant.

How We Can Help

Ovulation tests can help us to understand why you may be having trouble conceiving. We also use them to guide your fertility treatment. Our experienced fertility doctors can recommend the ovulation tests you need and tell you when they should be performed. We can ensure that you get the right tests and explain the results in detail. We will also use these results to determine the best course of treatment or to get the timing right for your IVF treatment.

If you are worried about your fertility or you need ovulation tests as part of your IVF treatment, then get in touch to discuss your needs and arrange testing in the UK or overseas.

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