With the cycle monitoring you are analyzing your cycle together with your gynecologist. The findings of this cycle observation help to determine the exact time of ovulation and identify fertility problems. They thus form the basis for treatment. Read more about the procedure and the results of a cycle monitoring.
Have you ever your monthly cycle using the basal body temperature and cervical mucus (symptothermal method) observed? Then you have already performed a cycle observation basically even. A more accurate method is the cycle monitoring, which you are performing together with your gynecologist. For this, three or four dates during the course of your cycle are necessary, in which you removed blood and your uterus is examined by ultrasound.
What is the cycle monitoring?
When cycle monitoring your gynecologist pays particular attention to whether your menstrual cycle is regular, whether ovulation occurs and whether the endometrium is ready for implantation of a fertilized egg may later. The observation of the cycle can help with the following points:
- The cycle monitoring helps to accurately determine your ovulation date. So you can better schedule when should you have sex to conceive a child naturally with your partner.
- the monitoring cycle to determine the ovulation date is also used in artificial insemination. So do your doctor when he can take the matured oocytes and use for artificial insemination. The time of ovulation is then even more often influenced by a hormone treatment to achieve better planning and higher chances of success.
- It can serve the diagnosis of possible fertility problems such as hormonal imbalances and problems in germ cell development, maturation and -einnistung. Are those Conception blockages Once diagnosed, your doctor may discuss the next steps with you.
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What happens when cycle monitoring?
three to four appointments to the gynecologist are necessary for the cycle monitoring. He then measures the hormone levels in your blood and examined by ultrasound your uterus. In the studies the following takes place:
- first examination: On the third to fifth day of your menstrual cycle, the cycle monitoring begins. First, your ovaries and your uterus are examined with ultrasound. In a blood test your hormone levels will also be analyzed. In this case your doctor pays particular attention to your estrogen and LH levels. Both hormones are especially important for oocyte maturation.
- Second study: Between the tenth and twelfth day, the second investigation takes place. The measurement of hormone levels and ultrasound provide information as to whether the maturation process of the egg was successful and ovulation is imminent. Now Your gynecologist can also judge on the ultrasound how your cervical mucus has built and whether the cervix is prepared to allow sperm.
- third investigation: In a third study of the hormone level is measured again. Here, especially the corpus luteum hormone, also called progesterone is considered. The progesterone value is used for evidence of ovulation. It is also important for possible fertilization of the egg and supports the implantation of the egg in the uterine lining and the successful continuation of a pregnancy.
The cycle monitoring is often the prelude to further fertility treatments or diagnostic procedures. More about fertility problems and what options exist then, you can in our areas "infertility" and read "Artificial insemination". More tips about your menstrual cycle and natural family planning, you can find in our area "Getting Pregnant".