Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The ABC's of Infertility

If you're new to the infertility world of acronyms, you may not know all of them yet. Don't worry, I don't either! The ones you will learn quickly are the ones that are the most common or that pertain to you. If you join some of the websites specifically for infertility you feel as if you need a dictionary just for infertility words to understand what everyone is talking about! Now picture being a family member or friend of someone dealing with infertility and having no idea what they are saying when they use all those acronyms. I found a website to help! A reference point if you will. I will share some of them here in this post, but then I will refer you out to the website so you can do your own research!

IVF - In Vitro Fertilization

IUI - Intra-uterine Insemination

This one I actually had to look up because I knew women were referring to their husbands, but I didn't know the first word
DH - Dear Husband

ICSI - Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection

LAP - Laparoscopy

AH - Assisted Hatching

ER - Egg Retrieval

ET - Embryo Transfer

ART - Assisted Reproductive Technology

A sad one:
BFN - Big Fat Negative

There are many, many more for all the hormone therapies and different tests and procedures. Feel free to check this infertility website for information.

After joining a few different websites where you can talk to many couples going through the same thing and a lot even at the same time, it is nice to be up on the vernacular! I hope this helps those going through infertility as well as their family and friends.

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