- What is a Follicular Tracking Pelvic Scan?
It’s an ultrasound scan used to monitor the development of follicles in the ovaries. The process helps in identifying the size and number of follicles and determining the best time for ovulation or conception.
- Why Would I Need a Follicular Tracking Pelvic Scan?
This scan is often recommended for women undergoing fertility treatment or those trying to conceive naturally to track ovulation. It can also help in diagnosing fertility issues.
- How is a Follicular Tracking Pelvic Scan Performed?
For your upcoming follicular tracking ultrasound, certain preparation steps are crucial for optimal imaging. For the 1st part of the scan (transabdominal), you’ll likely be asked to drink about 1 litre of water prior to your appointment. This is to ensure your bladder is full, enhancing the visibility of the pelvic organs; it’s important to keep your bladder full during this part of the scan.
For the 2nd part of the scan (transvaginal), you’ll need to empty your bladder. After using the restroom, you will return to continue with the transvaginal scan. Generally, no additional special preparations are necessary for this part of the procedure, making the process straightforward and efficient.
- Is a Follicular Tracking Pelvic Scan Painful?
The scan is generally not painful, but some women may experience discomfort, especially during a transvaginal scan. It’s usually described as less uncomfortable than a routine gynaecological exam.
- What Can I Expect During a Follicular Tracking Pelvic Scan?
You’ll lie down, and the technician will apply a gel to the probe (for transvaginal) or your lower abdomen (for abdominal). The probe will then be gently inserted or moved over the skin to get images of your ovaries.
- What Information Does a Follicular Tracking Pelvic Scan Provide?
It provides information about the number, size, and development of follicles in the ovaries, helping to predict ovulation and the best time for conception or fertility treatment.
- Are There Any Risks or Side Effects Associated with a Follicular Tracking Pelvic Scan?
There are minimal risks associated with this ultrasound scan. It’s a non-invasive procedure and doesn’t use ionizing radiation.
- How Should I Prepare for a Follicular Tracking Pelvic Scan?
To prepare effectively for your upcoming pelvic ultrasound, there are specific steps to follow for the best imaging results. Initially, for the transabdominal portion of the scan, you should drink around 1 litre of water before your appointment. This step is crucial to ensure that your bladder is adequately full, which significantly improves the clarity of the pelvic organs during the scan. It’s essential to maintain a full bladder throughout this stage of the examination.
In contrast, for the transvaginal part of the scan, you will be required to empty your bladder. You can do this by visiting the restroom after the first part of the scan. Once you have emptied your bladder, the transvaginal scan will proceed. Typically, this part of the procedure doesn’t require any special preparation, making it a relatively simple and straightforward process.
- When in My Menstrual Cycle Should I Have a Follicular Tracking Pelvic Scan?
The timing can vary depending on individual circumstances, but typically, the first scan is performed on day 10 of your menstrual cycle, with subsequent scans as required.
- How Long Does It Take to Get the Results of a Follicular Tracking Pelvic Scan?
Results are often available immediately as the scan is being performed, with real-time observations made by the technician. However, a more detailed analysis may be sent to you via email.