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TTC ACRONYM GLOSSARY

TTC acronym glossary

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H HCG: Human Chorionic GonadotropinA hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy, HCG plays a major role in identifying successful conceptions as its increased levels are easily picked up by a urine test about 2 weeks after conception. HCG is measured in mIU/ml both by urine test and blood test. HCG has recently made it into the headlines as a weight loss product, and it should be noted that it is neither approved nor suggested by the FDA as such, and all current use is strongly advised against. [http://www.americanpregnancy.org/duringpregnancy/hcglevels.html/ , http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm281333.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_chorionic_gonadotropin ]HMG: Human Menopausal Gonadotropin Human Menopausal Gonadotropins, also called menotropins, is used as a hormonal fertility treatment. HMG is composed of luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and sometimes human chorionic gonadotropins This mixture can often aid in conception for those with unexplained infertility, luteal phase defects, or polycystic ovarian syndrome. HMG can incite egg production, and is therefore often used in women who are plan on attempting in vitro fertilization. [http://www.babycenter.com/0_fertility-drug-gonadotropins_6188.bc , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menotropin ]HSC: HysteroscopySimilar to the concept of a colonoscopy, a hysteroscopy allows your doctor to examine an internal organ using a special viewing tool. The hysteroscope is slid into the uterus, and is then able to project video images of the uterine lining for the doctor to see. A hysteroscopy is often used to identify causes of infertility, abnormal bleeding, or to remove polyps or fibroids. [http://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/guide/hysteroscopy-infertility , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hysteroscopy ]HSG: Hysterosalpingogram A hysterosalpingogram, despite the daunting name, is simply a special x-ray for your uterus and fallopian tubes. In order to observe the organs in action, a technique called fluoroscopy is used. Fluoroscopy requires that the fallopian tubes and uterus are filled with a special water soluble dye, and then examined using a fluoroscope. Hysterosalpingograms are usually ordered to identify any scarring, abnormal shape or openness of the uterus and fallopian tubes, possible tumors or fibroids, blockage, etc. Many of these factors play a role in fertility, thus an HSG will help your physician in diagnosing the root cause of apparent infertility.[http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=hysterosalp , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hysterosalpingography#Procedure ]HSS, also OHSS: (Ovarian) Hyperstimulation SyndromeOvarian hyperstimulation syndrome often arises in women who have taken fertility medication which hormonally trigger egg development. The stimulation becomes overbearing for approximately one in every four women, and they experience swollen and painful ovaries. However, most cases are mild in severity and short in duration. Severe Ovarian HSS, conversely, can cause more interrupting symptoms including vomiting and weight gain. [ http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrome-ohss/DS01097/

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