What is ovulation cycle tracking?
Ovulation cycle tracking is a simple process that can help you identify which days you are most fertile. This will help you plan when to have sex to give you the best chance of conception.
For one in six couples, getting pregnant can take longer than expected. If you are looking for help to conceive naturally, a good first step is ovulation cycle tracking. It does not require any invasive fertility treatments or medicines and is more accurate than home ovulation predication kits.
Why is timing of sex important?
If you are trying to get pregnant, the timing of when you and your partner have sex is critical and many couples get this wrong. The most fertile time in your menstrual cycle - or your fertile window - are the days leading up to ovulation, before the egg is released from the ovary.
After ovulation, the egg survives for just 24 hours, while sperm retain fertilising capability for two to three days in the fallopian tubes. For this reason, we recommend couples have sex every two days throughout the female’s fertile window and in the lead up to ovulation. This means that sperm are ready and waiting for the egg when the woman ovulates.
If you are waiting trying to coordinate having sex at the exact time of ovulation you are most likely to miss your fertile window and the opportunity for conception that month. For this reason, tools that tell you when you have ovulated are only useful to help you predict when you will ovulate next month, assuming your cycles are regular.
How does Ovulation Cycle Tracking work?
Whether you have regular or irregular periods, if you have been trying to fall pregnant for a few months without success, we can confidently help you understand when your fertile window is. We do this by tracking your ovulation cycle 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 a simple ultrasound scan and urine tests which detect this hormone surge, allowing us to advise you of the ideal time to have sex to achieve conception.
Fertility specialist ovulation tracking VS home ovulation kits
By undertaking a combination of urine tests and ultrasounds you will receive a more accurate and comprehensive overview of your cycle and general fertility.
If required, our fertility specialists can do blood tests to measure the quantity of estrogen, progesterone and luteinising hormone (LH) present throughout your cycle, enabling them to anticipate ovulation earlier and use the ultrasounds to confirm that there are actually follicles developing.
Our fertility specialists will help you understand your results, provide you with professional expert advice and identify any underlying problems.
What if we don’t conceive?
If after ovulation cycle tracking, and timing sex at the right time of the month, you are still unsuccessful your fertility specialist may recommend undertaking further investigations to determine if there are underlying fertility issues with either partner.
Where can I have my cycle tracked?
Ovulation cycle tracking is available with Melbourne IVF fertility specialists in and around Melbourne.
If you haven't become pregnant and have been trying to conceive for twelve months or more without success (or six months if you are over 36) we recommend a fertility assessment with a Melbourne IVF fertility specialist.
If you would like to make an appointment contact our Community Liaison Administrators on 1800 111 483 or book online.