I said in a previous post that I would be answering some common questions about IVF. First we'll start with terminology.
Intramuscular shot: A shot into a muscle, usually the butt.
Subcutaneous shot: A shot under the skin; for fertility meds, this usually means in the stomach.
hCG: human chorionic gonadotropin
Egg retrieval: A surgical procedure where the doctor uses an ultrasound guided needle to go through the wall of the uterus (going up through the vagina) to collect the follicles (eggs).
Embryo transfer: The transfer of a fertilized embryo into the uterus.
ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection): A procedure where one sperm is injected directly into the egg.
Trigger shot: An intra-muscular shot of hCG to tell my body to release the follicles (eggs) that have been growing. Retrieval takes place 36 hours after this shot.
Stimulation drugs: Drugs that tell my body to grow follicles (eggs). In other words, to stimulate my ovaries.
Suppression drugs: Drugs that keep my body from ovulatin and from only growing one follicle (egg). The goal is multiple follicles; I had 22 in my last cycle. A good goal is 10 to 15.
I'll continue to add to this list as I find more terms that need definition.