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TTC ACRONYM GLOSSARY

TTC acronym glossary

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EE2: EstradiolEstradiol is a type of estrogen for which the chemical name is E2, which has a very strong estrogenic effect. High levels of estradiol have the ability to suppress the body’s follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which can result in ovulation and conception troubles, and lessened chances of successful IVF. Estradiol tests are done through a simple blood drawing, and can help identify any abnormalities. [http://www.sharedjourney.com/define/estradiol.html , http://www.drmalpani.com/estradiol.htm , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estradiol ]EB: Endometrial Biopsy The endometrium is the lining of the uterus. An endometrial biopsy, then, is a selection of a bit of this lining to be biopsied by a doctor. The EB can help identify endometrium troubles that may be having an effect on your fertility or menstrual cycle. The biopsy is often performed during a hysteroscopy, which aids the doctor with a better visual aid and a better idea of what their motives for performing the biopsy are (See HSC: Hysteroscopy) The procedure is usually quick (5 – 15 minutes), and discomfort includes some cramping. [http://women.webmd.com/endometrial-biopsy , http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003917.htm ]EC: Embryo Cyro/FreezingSee “FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer”ENDO: EndometriosisEndometriosis is characterized by the growth of uterine lining cells outside the uterus, elsewhere in the body. Pain in the lower back, lower abdomen, during or following sexual intercourse, during bowel movements, and during your period (or a lack of symptoms, in some cases) may be an indication of endometriosis. A pelvic exam is often done to initially to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for someone who doesn’t desire children is usually focused on pain relief and prevention of the worsening of the disease through routine check-ups. In severe cases, removal of the womb, fallopian tubes, and ovaries through a hysterectomy can usually provide relief for someone not concerned with ever bearing children. For someone wishing to have children in their future, the treatment will often include birth control pills or progesterone treatment, and at times, surgery to remove the excessive tissue. [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001913/ ]EP: Ectopic PregnancyPregnancy that takes place outside the uterus (possibly in the fallopian tube, ovary, or stomach area) is referred to as “ectopic pregnancy” and is a severe complication which results in fetal death and threatens the life of the mother. Causes include endometriosis, fallopian tube defects, and surgery scarring. Being older than 35 years of age, having tubal sterilization, many sexual partners, or resorting to in vitro fertilization increases the risk of experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. Symptoms of pregnancy may be present in addition to severe abdominal pains. Treatment requires quick removal of the developing cells, and methotrexate medication may be prescribed. If the ectopic pregnancy ruptures, however, emergency medical attention will be needed to treat the subsequent internal bleeding and shock. [ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000547/ , http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001897/ ]EPO: Evening Primrose OilEvening primrose oil is derived from the evening primrose plant, and is a homeopathic remedy for many conditions ranging from eczema to diabetes. EPO, though, is commonly used to lessen premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptom severity. According to the National Institute of Health, there is little to no evidence supporting the claims that EPO affects menopausal and PMS symptoms. Despite this, many women rely on EPO for relief. [http://nccam.nih.gov/health/eveningprimrose , http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1006.html ]EW, EWCM: Egg white Cervical MucusSee “CF: Cervical Fluid”

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