Ovulation Cycle Tracking
If you have been trying to conceive naturally for a while with no success, a good first step is ovulation tracking at Queensland Fertility Group. 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.
Why is timing so important?
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 1-2 days , 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 it work?
By undertaking a combination of blood tests and/or ultrasounds you’ll receive a more accurate and comprehensive overview of your cycle and general fertility. Ovulation is triggered by a surge of hormones from the pituitary gland (Luteinising Hormone). This normally takes place 36-44 hours before ovulation. 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. This allows us to confidently help you to identify your fertile window and ideal time to have sex to achieve conception.
Find out more
To find out more about ovulation cycle tracking please call us on 1800 111 483 or request an appointment to see a fertility specialist.