Cycle monitoring is a non-invasive medical investigation that determines if a woman’s menstrual cycle is ‘normal’ as described in the section ‘The Normal Menstrual Cycle’. To do this, a routine ultrasound will be conducted to check the ovaries and to track the follicles growing in the ovaries. A blood test is also performed periodically to identify changes in the woman’s hormone levels.
Cycle monitoring can be both an investigation as well as a treatment. When the investigation is performed the first time, it is used to determine specific details about an individual woman’s cycle. Once those details are known, it is easier to predict when ovulation will occur and intercourse can be timed so that it coincides with the time of ovulation.