What is it?
If cycle monitoring is not successful, the next step would be assisted reproductive technologies (ART). This is when medication is given to stimulate the growth of the ovarian follicles, which produce the eggs and important hormones. CDS offers modern ultrasound technology to assess a patient’s response to medication.
What can it show?
Advanced 2D and 3D transvaginal scanning (TVS) accurately measures follicle numbers, size and growth. The use of colour Doppler (blood flow) shows the maturity of the ovulatory follicle. Detailed imaging of the endometrial thickness and texture is crucial in assessing the response to the medication.
ART monitoring initially involves the simple timing of ovulation. If this is unsuccessful, it might lead on to IUI or IVF at a later stage.
IUI (intrauterine insemination) is carried out around the time of ovulation. It involves introducing sperm into the womb, close to the Fallopian tubes, to increase the chance of conceiving. A single cycle offers a 10-20% chance of conception, and multiple cycles (x3-5) of over 50%.*
IVF (in vitro fertilisation) is when an egg is fertilised by sperm outside of the body, then implanted into the womb. IVF-related techniques might also include procedures such as frozen embryo replacement or egg donation.
CDS are regarded as pioneers in ultrasound assessment of assisted conception cycles and offer considerable expertise in key areas of reproductive healthcare and fertility treatments.
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*HFEA statistics 2018