Cycle Monitoring for Fertility
Irregular or abnormal ovulation is a common cause of infertility. Early interventions, such as cycle monitoring and/or ovulation induction, can improve the odds of pregnancy with each cycle.
Cycle monitoring involves monitoring the development of eggs through follicle measurements. This can be done for both natural cycles and for those taking fertility medication to stimulate the ovaries.
How it Works
Whether you’re doing a natural cycle monitoring or pairing it with fertility treatment, the process works relatively the same. The development of eggs, follicles and hormone levels are monitored using bloodwork and a series of transvaginal probe ultrasounds. Knowing when your body is ready to conceive is one of the best ways to increase your fertility outcomes.
Can I plan my visits or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) ahead of time?
How many visits will I need per cycle?
What are the possible side effects of fertility medications?
It’s important to note that most patients do not experience any signifiant side effects. In fact, fewer than 1% of patients have to stop taking their medication because of a side effect. Some side-effects of the medications you may be prescribed include:
- Mood changes
When should I bring in my sperm sample for IUI?
What times am I able to come in for IUI at an OFN clinic?
IUI procedures are completed in the morning; clinic scheduling will determine appointment availability however we always try our best to accommodate our patient’s preferred appointment time.
What should I do if I get my period before my bloodwork appointment?
Contact us on day one of your menstrual cycle (the first day of bleeding) and your nurse will send you further instructions.
How can I best prepare for each cycle monitoring visit?
You will also need to know how much medication you have left at each visit.
How many cycles will need to be monitored?
This varies for each woman, as each cycle can vary. It’s common for a woman to have a regular cycle one month, and a different experience the next. It is often necessary to monitor several cycles until conception is achieved.
What are the success rates of cycle monitoring?
To get a better understanding of your chances for a successful pregnancy, your medical team will determine any causes of infertility and form a plan to optimize your chances of conceiving.
Why choose an OFN clinic for cycle monitoring?
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