Jumping into the world of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) can be scary and overwhelming. There is so much to learn and emotions and stress levels are usually high. There will also be new terms you’re going to have to learn and become accustomed to using and understanding.
I remember when we began the process of IVF, I became obsessed finding fellow “IVF sisters” on Instagram and reading IVF message boards on the internet. I would constantly see “Beta test tomorrow!” or “FET BFN” and “Blastocsyst transfer 5 DPT” sprawled all over their posts, and I admit, I had no idea what they meant! I felt overwhelmed with my lack of understanding. I spent a lot of time looking up definitions trying to learn all that I could.
Today I would like to share a few commonly used IVF terms and words that might help you as you begin your journey into IVF.
A hormone (human chorinoic gonadotropin) produced by pregnancy. Measurement of beta hCG is the blood test used to confirm pregnancy and follow its progression.
An embryo that is 5-6 days old .
A term used to describe a situation when a fertilized egg fails to survive after implantation in the uterus.
A positive hCG level in the blood that fails to continue to rise and does not lead to a clinical pregnancy.
The freezing of extra embryos from an IVF cycle.
Eggs that are removed from the ovaries of one woman for use by another
An embryo created for and IVF cycle which has been donated.
Sperm that are collected from a man who is not the woman’s spouse to be used to artificially inseminate her.
An embryo implanting and developing outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube, on an ovary or in the abdominal area.
The term used to describe the early stages of fetal growth.
A procedure used to obtain eggs from ovarian follicles for IVF
The procedure during which a fertilized egg is placed in the uterus during IVF with the goal of implantation and pregnancy.
Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
Transfer of an embryo(s) that were previously created and then thawed, into a woman’s uterus.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
A hormone produced in the pituitary gland that stimulates the ovary to ripen a follicle for ovulation. In the male, FSH stimulates sperm production.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)
A hormone secreted by the placenta during pregnancy.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
Injection of single sperm into the center of an egg. This is very useful for cases of male factor infertility
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
The procedure which an egg is removed from a mature follicle and fertilized by a sperm outside the human body.
Ovarian Hyerstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
A medical condition affecting the ovaries of some women who take fertility medication to stimulate egg growth.
Semen Analysis (SA)
Freshly ejaculated semen that is evaluated to count the number of sperm (count), the percentage of moving sperm (motility), and to check the size and shape of the sperm (morphology).
Massive dose of hCG given intramuscularly in order to trigger ovulation before retrieval.
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