Fertility Assessment and Ovulation Tracking
If you have been trying to conceive naturally for a while with no success, a good first step is a fertility assessment from an experienced Fertility Specialist (Dr Anne Coffey or Dr Natalie Kiesey-Calding) and nurse-managed ovulation tracking from Queensland Fertility Group.
Your Fertility Assessment (for both you and your partner) will help identify any possible reasons contributing to delay, as well as highlight ways to improve your chances of falling pregnant
The team at QFG Cairns are dedicated to helping you conceive in the most natural way possible. Ovulation tracking is a simple process that can help you identify which days you’re most fertile; making it easier to plan when to have sex to give you the best chance of conception.
It doesn’t require any invasive treatments and is much more accurate than home ovulation predication kits. Not only that, our experienced fertility nurses will offer you pregnancy advice and tips as you go through the process.
- Why is the timing of sex so important?
If you’re trying to fall pregnant, the timing of when you and your partner have sex is an important factor, and one that many couples get wrong. The most fertile time in your menstrual cycle – your ‘fertile window’ – are the days leading up to ovulation, before the egg is released from the ovary.
If you are trying to have sex at exactly the time of ovulation you will probably miss your fertile window and the opportunity for conception that month. After ovulation, the egg survives for just 24 hours, while sperm retain fertilising capability for two to three days in the fallopian tubes. Rather than trying to pinpoint the exact time of ovulation, it is recommended couples try to have regular sex (about every two days) in the week of ovulation – between days 11-17 of the woman’s cycle. This means that sperm are ready and waiting for the egg when the female ovulates.
- How does ovulation tracking work?
Whether you have regular or irregular periods, if you’ve been trying to fall pregnant for a few months without success, we can confidently help you to identify your fertile window. We do this by tracking your blood hormone levels to predict when ovulation is going to take place.
Ovulation is triggered by a surge of hormones from the pituitary gland (Luteinising Hormone). This normally takes place 24 hours before ovulation. We are able to carry out simple blood and ultrasound tests which detect this hormone surge, allowing us to advise you of the ideal time to have sex to achieve conception.
- Clinic ovulation tracking versus home ovulation kits
By undertaking a combination of blood tests and ultrasounds you’ll receive a more accurate and comprehensive overview of your cycle and general fertility.
Unlike most home ovulation tests that just measure the level of luteinising hormone (LH) we also measure the quantity of estrogen and progesterone present throughout your cycle enabling us to identify the period of time before you ovulate. We also perform ultrasounds to confirm that there are actually follicles developing in the ovaries.
Our fertility nurses will help you understand your results and you’ll also have a consultation with a Fertility Specialist for expert advice and to identify any underlying problems.
- How much will my fertility assessment and ovulation tracking cost?
There is no out-of-pocket cost for ovulation cycle tracking program at QFG Cairns. This service is bulk billed for all Medicare card holders. This is undertaken together with The Fertility Assessment for both you and your partner is around $150 (after Medicare rebates). This includes all tests and your consultation with a Fertility Specialist. The consultation for you and your partner has an out-of-pocket cost of $70 or less and the AMH blood test costs $80.
However, to be eligible for Medicare rebates you’ll need to obtain a referral from a GP, as well as have a valid Medicare card.
- Sounds easy! What do I do now?
A member of our nursing team will then book in your Ovulation Tracking scans and blood tests based on your previous cycle (period) dates. They will also send you pathology request forms for a range of (bulk-billed) blood tests including: reproductive hormones, infectious diseases, chromosomal analysis, AMH*, semen analysis and thyroid function for your Fertility Assessment.
Starting from approximately day 10 of your cycle, you will then come in for ultrasound scans and blood tests over a period of 2-3 days. Your nurse will then let you know when is the right time to have sex.
Around two weeks later, you will come back for another blood test to determine whether you are pregnant.
*This test attracts a fee of $80, all other tests are bulk billed.
- What if we don't conceive when my cycle is being tracked?
During your Fertility Assessment appointment your Fertility Specialist will explain the combined results of your blood tests and cycle tracking. She’ll help you understand when your fertile window is, and identify and possible reasons for pregnancy delays. Dr Coffey and Dr Kiesey-Calding will work with you and discuss a personalised pregnancy plan. This may involve recommending some lifestyle changes, or further investigations in some cases. Their goal is always to help you get pregnant as quickly and naturally as possible.
To book your Fertility Assessment and Ovulation Tracking, call 1800 111 483 or complete the form below.