The ABCs of Fertility Treatments

The ABCs of Fertility Treatments

by | May 2nd, 2017
  

The world of fertility treatments is full of abbreviations

The ABCs of Fertility TreatmentsIUI, IVF, PGS. TTC. When you first visit USC Fertility, you might be overwhelmed by all of the abbreviations for fertility treatments. If you feel like you’re swimming in a sea of ABCs, let a Los Angeles fertility specialist throw you a lifeline and explain what all of these letters mean.

Making sense of the ABCs of fertility treatments

The Fertility specialists at USC Fertility want you to feel empowered and educated about your options for fertility treatments. Here’s a list of a few abbreviations that are commonly used in reproductive medicine. You’ll sound like a fertility specialist in no time!

  • IUI is the abbreviation for intrauterine insemination, or artificial insemination. When a woman undergoes IUI, a doctor transfers washed and prepared sperm from the patient’s partner or a donor directly into the uterus. This procedure takes just a few minutes and isn’t painful.
  • IVF is short for in vitro fertilization. During this procedure, the egg and sperm are combined and incubated in a laboratory. The resulting embryos are then transferred to the woman’s uterus or frozen for later use. However, IVF is often the abbreviation used for the entire process, including ovarian stimulation/egg retrieval/fertilization and embryo transfer.
  • eSET stands for elective single embryo transfer, and the procedure is exactly what it sounds like – transferring one embryo to the uterus at a time. This procedure is designed to reduce the risk of twins and triplets.
  • ICSI (ick-see) is another way to say intracytoplasmic sperm injection. ICSI is a variation of IVF that involves injecting sperm directly into an egg. It is used when the male partner isn’t making enough sperm or when we feel that optimization of fertilization may require a little help.
  • AH means assisted hatching, and the procedure can be used in conjunction with IVF. AH involves making a tiny hole in the shell surrounding an embryo to assist implantation.
  • PGS is an acronym for preimplantation genetic screening. Performed during IVF, PGS is an advanced screening technique that is used to determine which embryos have the correct number of chromosomes. PGD, or preimplantation genetic diagnosis, can diagnose genetic illnesses in embryos.

USC Fertility wants you to be informed about every aspect of your treatment

Understanding the ABCs of fertility is just the beginning of being an educated patient. A Los Angeles fertility specialist who is just right for you is here at USC Fertility to answer all of your questions, so you can make informed decisions about your care. There’s no such thing as a stupid question. We encourage all questions as they important for you to be well informed and understand the process you are entering into.

Please contact us if you struggle with infertility. Our experienced and compassionate fertility specialists are experts in providing cutting-edge care to patients from around the United States and the world.


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