We see lots of women at the clinic who need reassurance that their bodies are functioning normally. They may have been trying to get pregnant naturally for a good while and, essentially, they want to find out if there are any obvious problems. It can be particularly useful too if you have an irregular cycle.
Which is why we often suggest a monitored cycle as part of our early investigative procedures. It's a series of vaginal ultrasound scans conducted throughout the menstrual cycle, generally on a weekly basis. The scans can help us to gauge the number and distribution of your follicles (giving us an idea of your "ovarian reserve") and help us to predict accurately the timing of ovulation and therefore the "fertile phase" of your cycle. We can also learn more about the development of the corpus luteum and get valuable, detailed information about your ovarian blood-flow. The scans can also identify many pelvic and gynaecolgical disorders (such as fibroids, endometrial polyps and polycystic ovaries, as well as anatomical malformations that might affect fertility or increase the risk of very early miscarriage) which can often be treated, removing the need for assisted conception entirely.
A monitored cycle is not a standard investigation, but many women find these scans very reassuring, and the benefits of having a positive experience can be very empowering. It is important for a woman to be able to visualise her pelvic area positively. As evidence of which, a significant number of our clients conceive during a monitored cycle, and a number more become pregnant within six months of having one, without any further medical interventions or further involvement on our part.