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TTC ACRONYM GLOSSARY

TTC acronym glossary

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FFET: Frozen Embryo TransferFrozen embryo transfer is used in cases when embryos are created through in vitro fertilization but not yet transferred. In order to maintain the embryo, they are frozen for future use. An FET cycle, also known as the ‘thaw cycle,’ requires hormone preparation to ready the uterus for an incoming embryo, including Lupron, estrogen, and progesterone treatments. Timing becomes very important when thawing the embryo becomes a factor, but otherwise there are few distinctions between fresh and frozen embryo transfers. Though a definitive preference for fresh or frozen is not apparent, some studies suggest that pregnancy rates are no different in either case. Oftentimes lower pregnancy rates with frozen embryo transfer can be attributed to the fact that the healthier, more viable embryos are usually transferred in the initial cycle, and the less viable are saved for freezing. [ http://www.ivf1.com/frozen-embryo-transfer/ , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embryo_transfer#Fresh_versus_frozen ]FP: Follicular PhaseLike the luteal phase, the follicular phase is a characteristic period of time during a menstrual cycle. The follicular phase is the ‘first’ half of the cycle, and spans the time between the first day of menstruation and ovulation. This, then, includes menses, the actual shedding of the uterine lining associated with a woman’s period. Where the luteal phase is predictably around two weeks long, the follicular phase is more likely to vary in length for each individual, in each situation. [http://www.justmommies.com/articles/follicular-phase.shtml , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Follicular_phase ] FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone Follicle stimulating hormone regulates sexual development and reproductive processes among other maturation feats. FSH is found in both men and women, and helps maintain sperm production and the menstrual cycle respectively. A simple blood test can be done to determine FSH levels, which may point to the cause of infertility between a couple. [http://women.webmd.com/follicle-stimulating-hormone , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Follicle-stimulating_hormone ]

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