Pelvic Baseline Ultrasound with AFC

A standard ultrasound exam to identify potential barriers to pregnancy

Pelvic Baseline Ultrasound with AFC

Pelvic Baseline Ultrasound with AFC

About the Exam

A pelvic baseline ultrasound with AFC, antral follicle count is often referred to as a Baseline ultrasound exam and is performed between Day 2 and Day 7 of the menstrual cycle. A baseline exam is a standard investigative ultrasound performed on all patients referred for fertility.

The exam is performed in two steps and is intended to assess the uterus and ovaries for any anomalies. We also do an antral follicle count (AFC) of your ovaries, which is a measure of your egg reserve. The exam takes about 30 minutes to complete and is performed by a sonographer from CARE Imaging, who specializes exclusively in fertility and obstetrical ultrasound. The Markham site for CARE Imaging is in the same building and floor as Markham Fertility Center.

A Baseline ultrasound is also done prior to the start of every treatment cycle. The results of this scan will be used in comparison with your previous ultrasounds to ensure there are no changes that may affect your upcoming cycle.

If you have questions about pelvic baseline ultrasound with AFC, see our common questions.

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Steps to Prepare for a Pelvic Baseline Ultrasound with AFC

  • 1 Call CARE Imaging when you get your period, Tel: (905) 294-4291. Hrs: Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • 2 The receptionist will book an appointment that falls between Day 2 and Day 7 of your menstrual cycle.
  • 3 One (1) hour prior to the appointment finish drinking 1L (32 ounces) of water. It is important that you have a full bladder for the first part of the exam.
  • 4 In the first part of the exam, the sonographer will take a medical history and explain the exam to you. Notify the sonographer of any allergies to latex and whether there are any other conditions that may affect the examination. Then they will perform the lower abdominal pelvic exam using a probe on your belly. Once completed, you will empty your bladder and change into a gown, removing your lower garments.
  • 5 In the second part of the exam, the sonographer will perform the transvaginal ultrasound. A thin ultrasound probe is inserted vaginally and allows the sonographer to visualize the uterus and ovaries with greater detail and accuracy.  The exam is generally painless, but you can expect to feel some pressure and movement of the probe. 
  • 6 The exam will last about 30 minutes.

ALLERGY ALERT : Notify the sonographer if you have a latex allergy.

Investigative and Pre-Treatment Ultrasounds

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Sonohysterogram

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A diagnostic exam to evaluate the shape of the uterus and determine whether the fallopian tubes are open or closed.

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Pelvic Baseline Ultrasound with Antral Follicle Count (AFC)

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A 3D ultrasound to assess the uterus and ovaries for anomalies and to check ovarian reserve.

Ultrasounds that Occur During Treatment

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Follicle Tracking Ultrasound

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A vaginal ultrasound performed during an IUI, IVF or Egg Freezing cycle to assess the number and growth of your follicles. This test helps the doctor know when your ovaries are ready.

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Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer

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An ultrasound performed at the time an embryo is transferred into the uterus to help the doctor find the perfect spot.

Pregnancy Ultrasounds

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Early Obstetric Ultrasound

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An abdominal ultrasound that is done to confirm pregnancy, usually between week 5 and 7 of pregnancy, repeated as necessary.

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Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound

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An ultrasound performed in the first trimester of pregnancy to determine your baby's risk of congenital conditions like Down syndrome.

Common Questions About a Pelvic Baseline Ultrasound with AFC

Knowing more about the ultrasound tests you are being asked to do will help prepare you for the overall experience.  Never be shy to ask a question or let us know how your are feeling about the exam.