I have realized that IVF has its own language. I put this here to help readers understand this process and what I'm saying.
3-day Transfer (3dt): Embryos are transferred back into mother 3 days after retrieval
5-day Transfer (5dt): Embryos are transferred back into mother 5 days after retrieval. I had this.
BCP: Birth control pills
BFN: Big Fat Negative :-(
BFP: Big Fat Positive :-)
Bravelle: Stimulant. Causes many follicles to grow in the ovaries to retrieve for IVF.
CAVD: (Congenital Absence of the Vas Deferens) Birth defect where tube on both left and right side that carry sperm out of body are missing. Found with an external physical exam.
CD: Cycle Day, e.g. CD1 is Cycle Day 1
CF: Cystic Fibrosis
Doxycycline: 7-day antibiotic my Doc uses at the beginning of the IVF cycle to ward off any unwanted infections
dp (days past): Usually used in conjunction with transfer day. (i.e. 3dp5dt is 3 days past 5-day transfer)
Dr. Mr. Clean: Urology Specialist, Hubby's Doc, about an hour away. Brawny looking with a bald head.
Dr. Larry King: My Reproductive Specialist Doc, about an hour away. Giant glasses and I'm sure he wears a bow tie and suspenders under that white coat.
Guage: How big the needle is. The bigger the number, the smaller the needle. Bigger guages are better!
HPT: (Home Pregnancy Test) usually performed by POASing.
Hubby: supportive, loving, best guy ever with CAVD
ICSI: (Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) Special form of IVF we have to use. A singular sperm is injected into a single egg.
IM: (Intra-Muscular) Shot that has to go into muscle tissue, which is deep. Usually uses bigger needle, goes in the rump, and hurts.
IVF: In-Vitro Fertilization. Allowing sperm and egg to unite and grow in a petri dish until ready to transfer into the body.
Lupron: Subcutaneous shots that shut down ovaries until Doc is ready for them to produce a bunch. Causes hot flashes.
Metformin: Drug used to help hormones get back on track. Causes insulin production and uptake to become regulated.
Minocycline: Antibiotic administered right before and after egg retrieval to ward off infection.
Necon: Generic for Ortho Novum - Birth Control Pills.
OHSS: Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome. Eggs left in body after retrieval are still being stimulated by the trigger shot. They get large and bust, causing fluid to be leaked into abdominal cavity. This causes weight gain, uncomfortable bloating, and terrible pain. Severe cases have caused people to go to the hospital.
POAS: Pee on a stick. Take a home pregnancy test.
PCOD: (Poly-Cystic Ovary Disease) (Same as PCOS) Cysts form instead of eggs each month in the ovary. Hormones are messed up, causing weight gain and all other kinds of irritating side effects. Found with bloodwork paired with physical symptoms.
PCOS: Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome (Same as PCOD)
Progesterone: Comes in 2 forms. Progesterone in oil (PIO) or suppository. Pregnancy hormone.
SQ: (Sub-Cutaneous) Shots that go just under the skin, usually around my belly button. Generally use a small needle and don't hurt too badly.
Trigger Shot: Intra-muscular shot 36 hours before egg retrieval. Makes the follicles mature overnight.
Vas Deferens: Tubes on either side of the body that carry the sperm from the testicle where they're made to the top of the urethra in order to get out of the body.