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The Postcoital test (PCT) is one of the oldest tests used to investigate infertility and has been used for over a century now. This is a pretty obsolete test and not many doctors do this any longer. It’s because the test provides very little information. In PCT, timing is everything and it has to be done in the preovulatory period; it’s when there is a profusion of clear, cervical mucus.
If you’re using an ovulation predictor kit, it will be the determining factor of when you should have intercourse. You should have sex that morning and you shouldn’t use any lubricants or a douche. It’s okay to take a shower though. You would also have to schedule an appointment with your doctor and come to the clinic after you have had sex.
The gynecologist examines a very small sample of the cervical mucus under a microscope, a few hours post sexual intercourse. It’s not really a great thought to rush to the clinic soon after you have had intercourse, and then allow the gynecologist to examine your insides ! Little wonder then that most women have an intense dislike for this test
Postcoital test (PCT)- Some facts
A positive Postcoital test (PCT) can be very reassuring and it implies that:
In case this test is negative, there could be a number of reasons for it, such as:
The aspect to keep in view here is that a negative test is meaningful only if it is repeatedly negative under perfect conditions. We don’t do the PCT test at the Malpani Infertility Clinic, as we feel that the information it provides is very limited and that it doesn’t really affect the treatment plan.
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