Jeffrey B. Russell, MD Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Infertility Specialist Yale University Trained
Post Coital Test - PCT
The "PCT" test is performed to evaluate the interaction between the sperm and cervical mucus prior to ovulation.
As ovulation approaches there is an increase in the secretion of the hormone estrogen by the ovary. Higher estrogen levels make the mucus clear and thin. This allows the sperm to make the transition from the vagina, cervix, and into the uterus.
You and your husband are asked to have intercourse 2-4 hours before your scheduled appointment. It is important to have intercourse 2-4 days prior to the test and abstain until the morning of the test. The examination consists of evaluating the cervical mucus and the number of motile sperm present in the endocervix (the opening to the uterus).
The test is similar to a pelvic exam. The speculum is inserted into your vagina and a sample of the cervical mucus will be placed on a glass slide. The sperm numbers and movement will be evaluated under the microscope. This test should not cause you any discomfort.
Once all of your tests have been completed, please schedule a consultation to review all of your test results.