The post-coital test (PCT) is one of the least painful diagnostic tests but can also be uncomfortable from an emotional standpoint. Fertilitycommunity.com describes the PCT as follows:An examination which may reveal existing problems between the interaction of sperm with cervical mucus . . . Cervical mucus is collected via pelvic exam a few hours after sexual intercourse has occurred around the time of ovulation. Cervical mucus is then observed via microscope to assess the condition of any sperm present. - Post-Coital Test (PCT)
Your doctor will tell you to schedule an appointment during your fertile time of the month. My doctor just told me to come in on Day 14 of my cycle, but the better practice is to take an… [more]
Dr. H said the next step was to do a post-coital test. I have several friends who have been through the infertility process more recently than I have (I started trying to conceive in 1996), and they have told me that their doctors have not ordered this test for them. This was a completely disgusting test and one that I would never want to repeat.
Dr. H told us to wait until my fertile time of the month - roughly day 14 of my cycle - and then schedule a post-coital evaluation. His instructions were to have intercourse and then not clean up afterward - EWWWW! He wanted to determine how many sperm were getting into my cervix.
I have undergone… [more]