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TTC ACRONYM GLOSSARY

TTC acronym glossary

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RRE: Reproductive EndocrinologistReproductive endocrinologists specialize in infertility diagnosis and treatment for both men and women. As an ‘endocrinologist’ an RE will have a firm understanding of the human hormonal (endocrine) system, which nearly entirely determines the likelihood of fertility in a couple, or at least the cycle schedules which will control conception. [http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/gynecology_obstetrics/specialty_areas/fertility_services/reproductive_endocrinology/index.html , http://www.socrei.org/detail.aspx?id=3142 ]R-FSH: Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating HormoneR-FSH is one term that truly is in need of abbreviation. To begin, the human follicle-stimulating hormone works to regulate bodily growth and sexual maturation. Each month or so, it is a small surge in FSH secretion that leads to ovulation and maintains the menstrual cycle. Recombinant FSH, then, is FSH without any effect on the Luteinizing Hormone (LH). In terms of infertility treatment, R-FSH is often given to intervene in a woman’s monthly cycle and ensure follicular development. R-FSH is used in in vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination. [http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/12/10/2133.short , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Follicle-stimulating_hormone , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Follicle-stimulating_hormone_receptor ]RI: Reproductive ImmunologistReproductive immunology looks at the role of the immune system in reproduction. A reproductive immunologist, then, specializes in understanding the related sources of infertility such as maternal immune tolerance in pregnancy, miscarriages, birth defects, etc. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immune_tolerance_in_pregnancy , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reproductive_immunology ]

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