Acronyms & Definitions

There are so many acronyms thrown around in the fertility business, I thought I’d document them here and just link to them throughout my posts, instead of re-explaining them all the time.

Please note, although I use Shady Grove links a lot on my blog, I am in no way affiliated with the clinic, other than as a regular patient.  I am not being compensated in any way for these links.  Linking to a recognized expert is better than linking to Wikipedia ;-).

IVF: In Vitro Fertilization – process by which egg cells are fertilized by sperm outside the body.  Further information on this process can be found on the Shady Grove website.

ICSI: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection – a medical technique used in assisted reproduction.  Further information on this process can be found on the Shady Grove website.

IUI: Intrauterine Insemination – sperm is placed into the uterus by artificial means.  Further information on this process can be found on the Shady Grove website.

HSG: A procedure where dye is shot into the uterus and fallopian tubes to check all is open and healthy.  Further information on this process can be found on the Shady Grove website.

LH: Luteinizing Hormone – Ovulation tests work by detecting luteinizing hormone or LH. Just preceding ovulation, women experience an “LH surge” – a sudden, dramatic, and brief rise in the level of luteinizing hormone. Ovulation tests detect this LH surge, allowing you to accurately predict when you will ovulate. A positive result on an ovulation test means that the woman will most likely become fertile over the next three days – with peak fertility at 36 hours following the LH surge.  I am using the Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test to predict my fertility, which I ordered online from Amazon.com.

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