In modern society, it’s becoming more and more common for women to have children later in life. It is now the case that as many as 1 in 25 babies are born to mothers aged 40 and above. There are lots of reasons as to why we’re having children later, including: pursuing demanding career paths, the cost of raising a family being on the rise, or not finding the right partner at the right time.
However, as the biological clock ticks, fertility experts stress the importance of knowing your fertility status as early as possible in order to plan ahead and maximise your chances of conceiving naturally in the future.
This is where the ‘Fertility MOT’ comes in. Pioneered by our medical team, the Fertility MOT is a comprehensive assessment of your fertility in just one hour. It is designed to give a qualitative and quantitative assessment of your reproductive function using advanced 3D Ultrasound Scanning.
How long does a Fertility MOT take?
Thanks to medical and technological advances, the ability to check your fertility status is no longer a lengthy or demanding process. Our Fertility MOT can now be performed in one hour and you will receive your results in the same appointment.
Why should I have a fertility MOT?
A fertility test can be useful for women who wish to know their fertility status and be able to plan ahead. If you are still unsure whether you want children, or want children but further down the line, a fertility MOT will give you a realistic idea of your fertility time-line so you can think about your next steps.
What does a Fertility MOT include?
The female Fertility MOT includes an advanced, internal Ultrasound Scan scan which takes around 20-30 minutes and can be performed at any time in the menstrual cycle.
Through ultrasound technology we are able to examine the ovaries and identify follicles, which are egg sacs containing immature eggs. The greater the number of follicles, the greater number of eggs remain. Colour Doppler is used during the ultrasound scan and measures blood flow to individual follicles and to the ovaries, which facilitates a qualitative assessment of reproductive health. Better blood flow to follicles is a marker for better quality eggs. In addition, by looking at the number and size of follicles in the ovaries, the doctor will be able to assess how your body might react to stimulating drugs and whether, if you were to undergo fertility treatment, you may be at risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS).
The 3D ultrasound technology used during the scan also provides a full assessment of the womb and establishes whether the uterine environment may be preventing successful pregnancy. Conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis can be identified and the scan can highlight polyps, fibroids or any other factors that could affect implantation of the fertilised egg and cause miscarriage. In addition, the scan assesses the blood flow to the uterus and the lining of the womb.
What happens after the Ultrasound Scan?
After the scan, you will have a consultation where the results and their meaning will be explained to you and you will have a chance to ask the Consultant any questions. The Consultant will also discuss your medical history and lifestyle and give you advice on maximising your fertility naturally.
Where and when can I have one?
All of CREATE Fertility’s clinics offer the Fertility MOT, including our newest Oxford clinic. We have no waiting lists for appointment so you could be seen within a few days!
Having knowledge about your fertility and chances of conceiving can be extremely powerful and can help you make informed decisions about your future fertility options.
Get in touch for more information or to book your Fertility MOT today.