Follicular Scan for Ovulation tracking: Is it worth all the inconvenience and stress?

Once you’ve made the momentous decision to have a baby, you and your partner would want things to move ahead without any possible hiccups or hurdles. Tracking your ovulation and timing your intercourse is undoubtedly the key behind a successful conception !

If you have been trying to get pregnant for a few months, and consult a doctor, you will be advised to go through Follicular Study or a Follicular Scan every month to keep a track on your ovulation cycle.

What is a Follicular Study ?

A Follicular Study is a series of scans that help you know when you are ovulating. Generally, these scans will start around day 9th of your cycle and continue till ovulation occurs. The doctor observes the follicle development occurring in your ovaries to calculate the exact time when the egg will be released. If a couple plans intercourse at that time, it maximizes the chances of conception. Sounds simple and easy? Not really.

Why Follicular Study may not help !

Researches reveal that even after tracking your cycle via ultrasound, it will take few months to conceive successfully. Given that you will need to track your ovulation for a few cycles, lets see how follicular scans could be more detrimental to trying to conceive rather than make the process faster:

1. Additional stress can actually reduce fertility.

The biggest problem with follicular studies is that the additional stress and the kind of impact it has on your chances of conceiving. Not just you have to go to the clinic and wait for scans every day, the traffic and long commute adds to the frustration.
It’s a proven fact that this kind of mental pressure might actually bring down the fertility levels and a desire to have sex, which further reduces your chances of conception.

2. Work and career gets affected.

We lead busy lives these days, and spending hours travelling and sitting in the doctor’s office is not easy or practical. Regular follicular scans would essentially mean taking leaves from work and added stress of missing meetings and deadlines.

3. Operator dependent results

Scan centers often reduce the number of scans from the prescribed 6-7 to actually 3-4 to cause less inconvenience. However, it leads to confusion and results subject to the interpretation of the ultrasound machine operator.

4. Limited accuracy with abdominal scans.

The ideal protocol to perform a follicular study is trans-vaginal scans but most scanning centers do an abdominal scan to reduce the intrusiveness of the procedure. This leads to low clarity of the scans and reduced accuracy.

Fertility Monitor – A stress free method to conceive!

A Fertility Monitor is a home device that lets you find your ovulation time by measuring the levels of the two hormones that control your ovulation.

  • It is proven to increase your chances of conception by up to 89%.
  • Predicts 6 most fertile days specific to your body by measuring Estrogen & Luteinizing Hormone in urine.
  • The results shown by a Fertility Monitor are accurate and easy to interpret. It is convenient and portable - unlike follicular scans, you don’t need to go to the lab multiple times every month.
  • Fertility Monitors track your cycles even if they are irregular
Written by Josephine Joseph
On November 30, 2017