Fertility Scans In Dublin
At Ultrasound Dimensions we offer a fertility scanning service for those trying to conceive naturally or those that are undergoing fertility treatment at another centre.
We have partnered with treatment centres both in Ireland and abroad to help monitor the cycles of women going through both natural and assisted conception.
how much does it cost
1st visit : €160.00
Limited pelvic scans (within 6 months): €100.00
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- Ovulation Scan €160
- 21 Main St. Blackrock Co. Dublin
- Open 7 Days A Week 9am – 9pm
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MORE DETAIL YOU NEED TO KNOW
When is the ovulation scan performed? ( every woman is unique)
Day 3 to 5: This scan is performed initially as it is the best time to examine the endometrium (lining of the womb) and to ensure there are no ovarian cysts present. Day one of your cycle is considered the first day of heavy bleeding.
Day 9 to 11 This scan would be performed to identify a dominant follicle or several follicles in an assisted cycle.
Day 14 to 16: This scan would be performed to confirm ovulation.
Day 18 to 20: This scan would be performed to confirm ovulation if it was not confirmed on day 16 and or to observe resolution of ovarian cysts.
You will often have three to four scans in any one cycle. A detailed gynaecological scan will be performed on your first appointment, subsequent scans within the same cycle focus on the ovaries and lining and are performed only tranvaginally and are lower in cost.
What happens during an ovulation scan?
Ovulation scans are performed on the first visit both externally and internally. The first scan will be detailed to check for pathology such as fibroids, endometrial polyps and abnormal ovarian cysts.
After the first scan and for ease and maximum accuracy the scan will be performed transvaginally. A long narrow probe designed especially to be inserted into the vagina is used. The ovaries, lining, cervix and uterus are examined in close proximity. The size of the follicles within your ovaries will be measured and documented. The thickness of the endometrium or lining of the womb will be measured and documented. The size and number of follicles are monitored with special attention paid to any large or dominant follicles. In the middle of the cycle one of these follicles will rupture confirming ovulation.
These findings help to determine the best time for sexual intercourse to assure successful fertilisation. For assisted cycles size and the number of follicles is very important information for your treatment centre so that any can make any adjustments to your treatment.
What’s included in the report?
The gynaecological survey will include clinical diagnostic information in regards to the:
- Adnexa (area around the pelvic organs)
- Endometrium (lining of the womb)
- Right ovary
- Left ovary
Results from your ultrasound examination will be available immediately after your appointment. We will provide a copy for you and your gynaecologist or fertility specialist.
If required, we are happy to email you a digital copy of both the report and imaging for you to send to your treatment centre.
Fertility Scan FAQs
Do I need a referral letter from my GP in order to book a fertility ultrasound scan?
Not always. Often you can attend without a GP referral; however, depending on the ultrasound scan requested, we may require a referral from your GP to ensure the correct ultrasound examination is performed.
What preparation is needed for a pelvic fertility scan or a repeat pelvic limited scan?
For the first part of the scan, the patient will need a full bladder. It is recommended that the patient drink 1 liter of water prior to your appointment time. It is best if this is finished at least 20 minutes prior to the scan time in order to allow the liquid to fill the bladder.
If you are having a repeat pelvic limited exam the bladder needs to be empty and you may do so after arriving at the ultrasound clinic to ensure it is so.
What is looked at during a pelvic fertility ultrasound?
During a pelvic ultrasound, the sonographer will evaluate the bladder, uterus, cervix, endometrial lining, the ovaries, and the surrounding area. Extra measurements of the ovarian follicles will be measured during the fertility scans as well as details of the appearance of the endometrium.
What happens during the pelvic scan?
There are usually two parts to a pelvic ultrasound to get the best diagnostic images. The first is the trans-abdominal scan where the transducer/camera is placed on the abdomen with gel to obtain images. In the event that the transabdominal is insufficient and more detailed images are needed the second part is called a trans-vaginal or endovaginal ultrasound. If a patient is having abnormal bleeding then the trans-vaginal exam is able to give a more detailed view of the endometrial lining. After emptying the bladder the patient will return to the exam room and undress from the waist down and lay on their back. A thin transducer is covered with a sheath and is lubricated with gel. Once inserted into the vagina the sonographer will gently move the transducer/probe from side to side in order to get the appropriate images. If at any stage the patient feels pain or would like to discontinue the exam, the patient only needs to alert the sonographer and they will end the exam.
How does a pelvic Ltd. scan differ from a complete?
If you have had a complete pelvic ultrasound previously but are returning to track fertility treatment you will only receive the transvaginal scan that is done with an empty bladder.After emptying the bladder the patient will return to the exam room and undress from the waist down and lay on their back. A thin transducer is covered with a sheath and is lubricated with gel. Once inserted into the vagina the sonographer will gently move the transducer/probe from side to side in order to get the appropriate images. The number and size of the ovarian follicles and the endometrium are documented.
How long will the pelvic exam take?
The complete pelvic exam is scheduled for approximately 30 mins while the limited is 15 minutes,
Who will report my scan?
In the case of repeated pelvic limited exams for fertility, the preliminary report is emailed to the patient by the sonographer so that they may send it to their fertility clinic. Only the first complete pelvic ultrasound is reported by the radiologist unless ultrasound findings dictate otherwise.
When will I receive my results?
You will get verbal results from the sonographer at the end of the examination. The sonographer will have you enter your email and you will receive the report and a few images of the study for you to pass onto your clinic.