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Infertile, Trying to Conceive, and Forty-One Years Old – Ain't THAT a Bummer!?!

What do all these damned acronyms mean, anyway?? March 3, 2008

  • PCOSpolycystic ovarian syndrome – A condition in which your ovaries often develop cysts on them.  These cysts are full of hormones, which cause your cycle to do all kinds of wonky things, like go for months and months without menstruation.  Therefore, no period, no ovulation.  No predictable ovulation usually causes couples with this condition to not know when a good time is for babymaking.
  • PG – pregnant
  • IUIintrauterine insemination – A procedure which involves placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilization. This fertility treatment does not involve the manipulation of a woman’s eggs, and therefore is not considered an assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedure.
  • OPK – ovulation predictor kit
  •  POAS – pee on a stick
  •  # do (ex. – 14dpo) – # days past ovulation
  • O – ovulation
  • DH – dear husband
  • CD# – cycle day # (Ex. – CD1 – cycle day 1, the first day of menstruation)
  • HPT – home pregnancy test
  • BFN – Big, fat negative (unwelcome result on an HPT after POAS)
  • BFP – Big, fat positive (the goal!!)
  • lol – laugh out loud, laugh online – take your pick
  • RE – reproductive endocrinologist
  • AF – Aunt Flo – menstruation
  • LH – luteinizing hormone – The hormone whose indicates that ovulation is about to begin.  It’s what causes an OPK to test positive.
  • TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone – A hormone within the body that (duh) stimulates the thyroid to release other hormones.  Just so you know, hypothyroidism is not having enough TSH, hyperthyroidism is too much.
  • beta hCG – beta human chorionic gonadotropin – the substance within a pregnant person’s urine that allows the pregnancy test to show as positive.  Interestingly enough, using an injection of hCG such as Ovidrel will stimulate ovaries to drop those lovely mature follicles.
  • FSP – fallopian sperm perfusion – a procedure where sperm are injected at the base of the fallopian tubes instead of within the uterus, as in IUI.  Again, the purpose is to provide the sperm sample with an even shorter distance to go to fertilize the egg than it would normally travel. 
  • OB – obstetrician
  • FYI – For your information
  • IVF – in vitro fertilization – fertilization where an egg is removed from the mother, and manually combined with a sperm before being returned to the womb as a fertilized egg.  Generally several embryos are placed inside the potential mother’s womb, hoping at least one will implant.  The fertilized eggs are allowed to grow to several cells in size before transferring the best looking ones back into the mother.  Just to let y’all know, this little procedure costs about $12,000 to $15,000 without insurance.  Sigh.
  • GIFTgamete intrafallopian transfer – GIFT is an assisted reproductive procedure which involves removing a woman’s eggs, mixing them with sperm and immediately placing them into your fallopian tube. One of the main differences between this procedure and in vitro fertilization (IVF) and zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT) procedures is that the fertilization process takes place inside the fallopian tubes rather than inside the laboratory.
  • ZIFTzygote intrafallopian transfer – An assisted reproductive procedure similar to in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer with the difference being that the fertilized embryo is transferred into the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. Because the fertilized egg is transferred directly into the tubes, the procedure is also referred to as tubal embryo transfer (TET). This procedure can be more successful than gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) because your physician has a greater chance of insuring that the egg is fertilized.
  • m/c – miscarriage

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