If you have been trying to get pregnant, you may already be tracking your menstrual cycle so that you know when you are ovulating, and therefore most likely to become pregnant. As you begin working with a fertility specialist to address difficulties conceiving, you may begin the process of cycle monitoring, which is a bit more in-depth than simply tracking the timing of your cycle at home. With cycle monitoring, you will need to make several clinic appointments, during which you will receive several tests and, if appropriate, hormone injections. Tracking your cycle will facilitate the highest chances of successful pregnancy following insemination or timed-intercourse, and it may provide insight to guide future fertility tests and treatments if you are still not able to become pregnant.
How It Starts – Contacting Your Clinic
You’ll need to call your reproductive center on the first day of your cycle, which is the first day of steady flow, not spotting. You will schedule a visit on day 3 of your cycle, where you will have a baseline ultrasound and blood work and may begin taking fertility medications.
Receiving Ultrasound and Blood Tests
Your baseline ultrasound at your day 3 appointment will assist throughout the rest of your cycle, as you will continue to have ultrasound exams to monitor the maturation of follicles in the ovaries. Blood testing may also take place to measure hormone surges throughout your cycle. As you move through the cycle, the medical team will be monitoring your results.
Medication to Help Trigger Ovulation
Once you are ready for ovulation (based on your cycle progression), some patients will be given a single subcutaneous hCG injection to trigger ovulation. You will then either schedule insemination for the following day (or day after) or be provided with instructions for intercourse. Two weeks later you will return for a pregnancy blood test.
Coping with infertility in Toronto can be challenging, but ReproMed is available to provide the resources and state-of-the-art treatments you need to achieve your family planning goals. To explore our services or request a referral to our clinic, call (972) 494-5438.