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A Menstrual Cycle Map

The initial examinations of the woman include charting the menstrual cycle.

Charting the Menstrual Cycle

The purpose of this examination is to determine whether there are any abnormalities in the ovarian function, whether ovulation occurs, and whether the function of the corpus luteum is sufficient for pregnancy. These will be determined by means of blood samples collected at different stages of the menstrual cycle.

Early-cycle Samples

In the early stages of the cycle (usually 2 to 5 days into the cycle), blood samples are collected for determining the levels of hormones which control ovarian function (such as the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), the luteinizing hormone (LH), and prolactin, or the milk producing hormone). The sample will also be analyzed for the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).

Since the rate of prolactin secretion varies over the course of 24 hours, the sample will be collected in the morning between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon. Physical exercise and intercourse the previous night should be avoided before sampling.

End-of-cycle Sample

Approximately seven days after a positive ovulation test, a blood sample will be collected for determining the level of progesterone (PROG).

Why Felicitas Mehiläinen

Felicitas Mehiläinen is the leading fertility clinic in Finland providing a wide variety of fertility treatments ranging from basic infertility care to the most advanced IVF technology available today.
Over 30 years of experience has made it possible for the Felicitas Mehiläinen to offer the highest standards of patient care and reproductive health services in a modern and comfortable clinic.
Our doctors and scientists have always been at the forefront of IVF science and development; in fact, our founder, was part of the team involved in the birth of the Finland’s first IVF baby in 1984.
We always remain focused on the individual needs of each and every patient. We always put out patients first, and that is why we work so hard to listen to and treat every patient individually.