ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology. This is a catch-all phrase for the many different kinds of infertility procedures available.
BBT: Basal Body Temperature. A measurement of your body temperature taken in the morning, which can help you establish a pattern to learn when you're ovulating for increased chances of fertilization.
HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. This is a hormone naturally produced by women during the early stages of pregnancy. HCG can also be administered as an injection to stimulate ovulation.
IVF: In Vitro Fertilization. A form of assisted reproductive technology that helps couples get pregnant. Sperm and eggs are harvested and fertilized in a laboratory before being returned to the uterus.
PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. This is a common cause of infertility among younger women, involving an infection that causes inflammation in the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
SET: Single Embryo Transfer. Many IVF treatments involve transfer of as many embryos as possible in order to achieve the highest chances of success. A single embryo transfer may be used instead in cases where embryos are of very high quality or the risk of multiple pregnancies (i.e., twins) is not feasible.
While it may sound like a lot of alphabet soup, fertility treatments are fairly easy to understand once you become familiar with the terms and phrases. The best way to learn more about how the process works and what options are available is to consult with a fertility expert. Since every couple is unique, the options and treatments available will be different for everyone. Contact our specialists today with any questions you may have, and find out how you can make your parenting dreams come true.