Fertility Scans

At the Surrey Park Clinic we offer ultrasound scans as part of your fertility assessment. They are used to investigate reasons for infertility and also to monitor a natural or assisted fertility cycle.

Ultrasound scanThe purpose of fertility scans

If you are about to start fertility treatment at home or abroad, we recommend a general pelvic ultrasound scan as a good baseline check to investigate the uterus, ovaries and surrounding areas to establish if there is an underlying gynaecological problem which may hinder your chances of conceiving naturally. If you are undergoing fertility treatment you may require regular scans to monitor your IVF cycle, in particular follicle tracking or to measure the endometrial thickness.

What we look for

Uterus

To see abnormalities which might prevent the implantation of an embryo, for example:

  • Development e.g. bicornuate uterus.
  • Septum in the uterus.
  • Fibroids or adenomyosis within the uterine wall.
  • Lining of the uterus – too thin (leads to poor implantation), too thick (evidence of abnormal hormones).
  • Uterine polyps (prevents implantation by acting like a coil).

Ovaries

To see if they are healthy and likely to produce eggs. In particular we look out for the following:

  • Polycystic ovaries (PCOS).
  • Large cysts or endometriosis.
  • Absent ovaries.
  • Absent follicles developing.

Fallopian Tubes

To check for swollen tubes (sign of a blockage).

Fertility Management

Some of the investigations we can carry out are below:

  • Follicle tracking scans – This involves measurement of developing follicles within the ovaries throughout a cycle without ovulation induction. These measurements also include the endometrial thickness (lining of the uterus) as this will influence whether the embryo will be able to implant.
  • Luteal Cyst – This should develop in the second half of the cycle after ovulation and absence of a luteal cyst indicates no ovulation.

Same day scans

Our qualified sonographers are here every day of the week, including weekends, for your convenience and peace of mind. We can often accommodate same day scans, subject to availability, but will do our best to see you as soon as possible.