At a glance
An endometrial thickness scan is a gynaecological survey which measures the thickness and appearance of the lining of the womb. It helps to estimate when ovulation will occur and to track the changes in response to fertility treatment.
- Optimises chance of natural fertilisation
- Assists fertility treatment
- Surveys the uterus, endometrium and ovaries
- Blood test available if required
- No GP referral required
- Weekday, Thursday evening or Saturday clinics
- Convenient central London location
You will receive
• Results on the day (blood tests may take up to 48 hours)
• A detailed report
What happens with your results?
The results from your scan will be available within a report immediately after your appointment and will include detailed information on your gynaecological survey.
What is it?
An endometrial thickness scan monitors the thickness and appearance of the lining of the womb – known as the endometrium.
Examining the lining in this way helps to follow the changes that occur in a normal cycle, estimate ovulation or to follow the changes within the uterus in response to fertility drugs used to stimulate the uterus.
It can accurately predict when ovulation is expected to be at its maximum so that fertilisation, either naturally or artificially, may be more likely.
When is the endometrial thickness scan performed?
This scan is normally performed at 1 - 2 day intervals from about day nine of your menstrual cycle – day one is measured as your first day of bleeding. You will probably have three scans in any one cycle.
A detailed gynaecological scan will be performed on your first appointment; subsequent scans within the same cycle focus on the endometrium and are lower priced.
What happens during an endometrial thickness scan?
Endometrial thickness scans are performed internally for maximum accuracy.
A long narrow probe is inserted into the vagina so that the appearance and thickness of the womb’s lining can be assessed.
What’s included in the report?
The gynaecological survey will include clinical diagnostic information on the:
- Right ovary
- Left ovary
Results from your ultrasound examination will be available immediately after your appointment. We will provide a copy for you and your gynaecologist or fertility specialist.
What about blood tests?
We are able to perform the following blood tests, if your gynaecologist or fertility specialist requires them:
- Luteinsing Hormone (LH)
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
The progesterone blood test is usually measured at day 21 of your cycle, 7 days before your next period, when it is expected to be at its maximum.
Blood samples are usually collected on a different day to your endometrial thickness scan appointment.
Results from any blood tests will be available after 24 hours.