At a glance
A follicle tracking scan is a gynaecological survey which measures the size of any active follicles and helps to predict when ovulation will occur.
- Optimises chance of natural fertilisation
- Assists fertility treatment
- Surveys the uterus, endometrium and ovaries
- Blood tests available if required
- No GP referral required
- Weeday, Thursday evening or Saturday clinics
- Convenient central London location
You will receive
- Results on the day
- 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 detail information on your gynaecological survey.
What is it?
A follicle tracking scan is performed to measure the size of any active follicles - the fluid filled sacs of the ovaries that can contain an egg.
It is preformed to estimate when ovulation is likely to occur and can increase your chances of fertilisation, both naturally and with the help of fertility treatment.
When is the follicle tracking scan performed?
You will usually need three follicle tracking scans performed in any one menstrual cycle.
A detailed gynaecological scan is performed on your first appointment - this takes place from about the ninth day of your menstrual cycle – day one is measured as your first day of bleeding.
Subsequent scans, at 1 - 2 day intervals, concentrate on the ovaries and are a lower cost.
What happens during a follicle tracking scan?
Follicle tracking scans are performed internally for maximum accuracy. A long narrow probe is inserted a small distance into the vagina and the ultrasound signal is focussed on the ovaries. Any growing follicles are measured, as when the follicles reach a certain size we are able to estimate when you are likely to ovulate.
During the examination we also check to see if you have any fibroids or polyps present that may cause complications with embryo implantation.
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 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 follicle tracking scan appointment. Results from any blood tests will be available after 24 hours.