A list of IVF definitions (strictly my own), to help those without a Ph. D. understand the process a little better.
Cycle = Menstrual Cycle
Doctor/Doctor’s Office = Fertility center (for purposes of related articles on this site)
IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
Monitoring Appointment = regular appointments to the fertility center to get bloodwork and ultrasounds done, which help determine your protocol for the next few days
Protocol = Calendar outlining process for your individual treatment plan for that month, includes planned medications and dosage, anticipated monitoring appointments and an approximate date for the retrieval and transfer
Retrieval = The process of extracting eggs from the follicles, in order to be fertilized and then placed back into the uterus.
Transfer = The process of placing fertilized eggs back into the uterus, usually happens about 5 days after the retrieval.
Two-Week Wait = The period of time after having an embryo transfer that you must wait to find out if you are pregnant (fertility clinics advise against taking a pregnancy test at home during this time due to all the medications that have been taken and their possible effect on the validity of the pregnancy test). Also known as crazy town for hormonal (read: hopeful) mommies-to-be, when any ‘symptom’ can be misread to indicate success or failure of the cycle.
More official information can be found by visiting Shady Grove Fertility’s Resources page.
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