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.