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What does the Fertility Scan include?
Fertility Scan with Transvaginal Ultrasound
Reasons for a Fertility Scan ..
About the Fertility Scan
A fertility scan is crucial when investigating your fertility and reproductive health. The scan looks at the uterus, ovaries and the surrounding areas to establish if there is an underlying gynaecological problem which may hinder your chances of conceiving naturally or get in the way of your fertility treatment path. The scan also provides information about your egg count or follicle activity.
Whether you’re considering having children or getting a routine check-up, a fertility scan is one of the first tests your healthcare provider will ask for. This scan is also the first test that any woman experiencing difficulty conceiving. It provides vital information on the health and status of the uterus and the ovaries. It can help diagnose various conditions, including ovarian cysts, fibroids and other reproductive organ abnormalities and is used to monitor various fertility treatments to ensure things are going to plan.
Objective of the Fertility Scan
Our detailed fertility scan uses a high-resolution transvaginal ultrasound scanning to not only assess the general gynaecological health of the female reproductive organs but also potential issues which could impact fertility. The scan is currently regarded as one of the best and safest methods to check your ovarian reserve (egg count).
The fertility ultrasound test is performed using transvaginal ultrasound scanning. It can provide information about your womb (uterus), the lining of your womb (endometrium thickness/structure) and your overall ovarian health including your ovarian reserve and follicles (egg count). The results of the fertility scan are briefly explained to you following the test and a detailed fertility ultrasound report is sent to your email typically within 24 hours. We also have a same-day ‘priority’ reporting service should you require your results sooner*.
Our fertility ultrasound test will check the overall health of the uterus and ovaries and check for potential issues which could impact your fertility. Examples of potential problems include a low egg count or ovarian reserve, fibroids and ovarian cysts.
What can the Fertility Scan detect?
Our private fertility scan checks a variety of problems that could affect the female reproductive system and includes information about the follicles or egg count. Our fertility scan will assess for common problems which include:
- Follicle Information ‘egg count’
- Possible reasons for not conceiving
- Womb or ovarian problems could be impacting fertility health
- Endometrial thickness
- Ovarian abnormalities
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic cysts
- Ovarian tumours
- Polycystic ovaries
- Fluid in the pelvis
- Coil / IUD / IUS position
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Fluid-blocking tubes (hydrosalpinx)
Why choose the scan clinic for your Fertility Scan
We pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP's, doctors, physiotherapists, midwives and many other healthcare professionals.
Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and drives us to do the best we can for each and every patient that we see. Our team of experts have years of experience and are fully registered and regulated meaning you are in safe hands with us.
Benefits of having the Fertility Scan
A fertility ultrasound scan is used to check for any problems which could be affecting your fertility. It can be used in conjunction with other tests such as blood tests to gain a better understanding of your fertility health.
The fertility scan can also help determine the cause of certain problems to aid in understanding your gynaecology health and planning the best fertility treatment for you.
No waiting time
No long waiting times! We can schedule your appointment at our private clinic quickly, potentially on the same-day or at a date and time convenient to you. Our clinics have extremely low wait times and are open 6 days a week, including on the weekends.
You simply walk into the scan clinic at the appointed time for your scan. There are no queues.
Premium patient care
Private fertility scan clinics employ passionate, qualified, and experienced experts who ensure you’re comfortable and update you on each step.
We are open 6 days a week and offer easy and convenient appointments at a date and time that suits your needs, including weekends.
Our scan experts use high-quality and updated equipment for clearer images and better results.
Your dedicated scan expert will personally review the results with you immediately following your scan. You can expect a comprehensive written scan report in your email inbox within just a day or two after your appointment. For those in need of same-day results, we offer an expedited service for a nominal additional fee.
We provide top-quality healthcare that doesn’t break the bank. With transparent pricing and competitive scan cost, our commitment to affordability extends to all aspects of your experience.
One Stop Service
Have your scans and fertility blood tests at the same appointment. We provide a one-stop service for all your fertility test needs with super speedy results directly to your email.
A wide range of fertility blood test packages and custom fertility blood tests are available with our expert phlebotomists.
The fertility scan is one of our most popular services and is often recommended by fertility clinics prior to treatment. Many women choose to have their fertility scans with us based on recommendations from their fertility clinic. We work with numerous private fertility clinics across the World and are proud to be part of their recommended network.
Our fertility scan is a safe and painless procedure that is an excellent tool to check your fertility, monitor fertility treatment and diagnose many common gynaecological problems. It can provide clinically useful information on various conditions affecting fertility and the female pelvis.
Our fertility scans are performed in London, at our East London Clinic and are affordable allowing greater access to self-paying patients wishing to check their gynaecological health.
Why do I need a Fertility Scan
A fertility scan is an essential tool for checking the health of the female reproductive organs. It is critical for monitoring fertility treatments such as IVF and is recommended if are considering or are about to undergo any kind of fertility treatment.
Many women struggle with infertility in the UK. Infertility can be caused by various factors and can have various signs including;
- Pain during sex
- Back pain
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Bowel problems or pain with bowel movements
- Irregular periods and spotting
If you have any of these symptoms, your may benefit from a fertility scan to assess;
- The uterus
- Endometrium (womb lining)
- Measurement of follicles (for fertility)
- Ovulation time estimation
Different types of fertility ultrasounds serve different purposes. Some possible reasons for getting a scan include the following;
- Follicle tracking for assisted conception cycles
- Accurately predicting ovulation
- Helping time embryo transfers
- Predicting optimum time for fertilisation
- Identifying the cause of pelvic pain, irregular periods or other menstrual problems
- Evaluating reproductive health before conception
- Assisting doctors with treatment
Some common reasons for the fertility ultrasound include:
- Primary infertility
- Secondary infertility
- Low AMH or ovarian reserve
- Abnormal female hormone tests e.g. PCOS
- Determine fertility health of the reproductive organs
- Determine ovarian reserve or egg count
- Determine follicular activity
- Under-going fertility treatment in the UK or abroad such as IVF/ ICSI
- Considering fertility treatment in the UK or abroad such as IVF / ICSI
- To find out more about your fertility health
- As part of a gynaecology health assessment
- The general well-being of the reproductive organs.
- Pelvic pain
- Irregular, frequent or absent periods or other menstrual problems
- Investigate endometrial lining
- Check for fibroids or ovarian cysts or polycystic ovaries
- Follow-up scan to monitor known conditions
- Reassurance and peace of mind
- General gynaecology check-up
Fertility scans are done trans-vaginally using a specially designed ultrasound probe. Among other things, the scan checks the size, shape and condition of the uterus, finds out when you will be ovulating, checks the individual follicles in your ovaries, measures and tracks follicles to ensure they’re developing as expected, and checks your reproductive system for problems like cysts and polyps.
A full medical report of the examination and findings are included with the scan. Images may also be available if required at additional fee.
What does the Fertility Scan involve?
During the scan, you will be asked to uncover the area being scanned, hence we advise to wear suitable loose clothing and a small amount of ultrasound gel will be placed over your skin.
An ultrasound camera (‘probe’) will then be placed on top and moved along and around the area. This results in a picture appearing on the ultrasound monitor and patient TV which will be translated by the clinical specialist/ medical practitioner.
The ultrasound scan itself usually lasts around 10-15 minutes and is pain-free. At the end of the scan, a verbal summary of the results will be provided, as well as your opportunity to ask any questions.
How do I prepare*
An internal (Transvaginal) scan is recommended or may be mandatory for specific services instead of the scan over your tummy as it often provides greater detail and better information, please ask our customer care team for more information.
For internal scans you do not need to have a full bladder and will be asked to empty your bladder if full. Also please do arrive in clothing that can allow easy and comfortable access to your pelvic area.
- For scans over your tummy (Transabdominal) then we recommend you arrive with a comfortably full bladder. Please drink 0.5 litres of clear fluid approximately 30 minutes or so before your scheduled appointment and kindly try your best not to empty your bladder before the examination.
- Please refer to the patient information guide by clicking here.
Fertility Scan FAQ's
How much is a fertility scan in the UK?
The cost of a fertility scan in the UK varies depending on the requirements and type of fertility scan. On average, the price ranges from £150 to £300.
What is a fertility scan?
A fertility scan is a diagnostic tool used to check a woman’s reproductive organs and verify they are present. The scan can serve various functions depending on the type of scan.
What kind of scan is done for infertility?
An ultrasound scan is one of the scans you need to do for infertility. The scan is minimally invasive and helps create a basis for future tests and imaging.
When should you get a fertility scan?
You should get a fertility scan if you and your partner are trying to conceive without success. It’s also recommended to get the scan annually if you’re sexually active and under the age of 35 and bi-annually if you are over 35 years.
What are the 4 causes of female infertility?
The four main causes of female infertility are 1. Their biological clock, 2. Smoking, 3. Weight (being overweight or underweight affects ovulation and reduces chances of conceiving) 4. Alcohol
Can ultrasound tell if you're infertile?
Yes and no. If the cause of infertility is structural, it can be viewed on the scan. But for other causes, additional testing is necessary to confirm the cause of infertility.
Can a scan show blocked fallopian tubes?
It is possible to view blocked fallopian tubes on an ultrasound. Naturally, the tubes are thin and can’t be seen on the scan. But when they’re blocked, they fill with fluid making them visible on the scan.
What are the signs of blocked fallopian tubes?
Signs of a blocked fallopian tube include abdominal pain and unusual vaginal discharge. Also, the tubes may be filled with fluid making them visible on the ultrasound.
Are fertility checks worth it?
Routine fertility checks aren’t necessary for healthy couples. However, a check can help clear any doubts and help you tackle any potential issues before trying to conceive.
Will I get the written results the same day?
Your clinician will go through your results verbally following your scan and a written report is sent to you within 24 hours. However, if you require the results sooner we can expedite the results so you receive them on the same day for a small additional fee.
More information about the Fertility Scan
To find out more about this scan and the areas / organs that are scanned as part of as well as ultrasound in general, you can head over to our knowledge centre by clicking the image or button.
- We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
- This scan requires access to the area of interest; therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
- Study images may be available at an additional charge – more information and to request this can be found by clicking here.
- All our first line ultrasound scans are optional. You must be at least 16 years old and you should have no existing medical condition or treatment pending that relates to the scan you are booking. If you are in any doubt about having any type of scan, you should consult your GP.