Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How does ultrasound monitor ovulation?

Ultrasound has a role in monitoring ovulation

Basic information:
  • The egg develops in a follicle of the ovary
  • The follicle contains fluid with the egg attached to the wall of the follicle
  • Usually one follicle develops each month
  • Usually a vaginal probe ultrasound is used to monitor follicular growth
  • On ultrasound, the follicle appears as a circular fluid-filled bubble.
  • It can be seen when it measures about 7 mm in size. It grows about 1-2 mm per day.
  • The follicle is ready for ovulation when it measures about 1.8 to 2.5 cm in diameter.
  • Following ovulation, the follicle usually disappears from the ultrasound view completely - this is the best evidence that ovulation has occured.
  • Also, follicular fluid which was released when the follicle ruptures can be detected in the abdomen behind the uterus.

Disclaimer: This website is not intended to create a physician patient relationship. We do not offer ultrasound for fertility purposes in our office. But there are many OB/Gyn's that do. Please check facts with your OB/Gyn doctor. We do offer fertility acupuncture services. There is no specific targeted medical advice here. Please see your physician in person. This disclaimer also applies to our other websites with generalized information: Plastic Surgery Modesto CA, Plastic Surgery Modesto, Cosmetic Surgery, Acupuncture Modesto, Veins Modesto, How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon, Breast Augmentation FAQ, Tummy Tuck FAQ


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