Saturday, August 27, 2011

Secret Language

So I've introduced you to a few of the acronyms that us infertile myrtles use to describe our experience, procedures, feelings, etc. Here's a more comprehensive list so hopefully you can start understanding this cryptic language :)
  • 2WW = 2-Week Wait - this is the worst one. It's the period of time between "IT" and when Aunt Flo (AF)does or does not make her appearance.
  • AF = Aunt Flo (menstruation - unwelcome visitor)
  • AO = Anovulation - this is part of my diagnosis. For some reason I'm anovulatory - combination of exercise induced, being moderately underweight and incredibly active as a young'un (darn you ballet classes!), and PCOS in one ovary, blocked tube for quite a while on the other side, my acupuncturist says "you have a very complicated case indeed" - thanks for the comforting words...just stick the needles in me and let me hang out with my Chinese music please...
  • AWOL = A Woman On Lupron - this is a med that you take which basically shuts your hormones down completely forcing you into menopause. Giving your body time to "rest" and giving your doc total control over your hormones when you start back up.
  • BBT = Basal Body Temperature - I've never been into tracking this. Doc says that by the time you detect a temperature change, you've already ovulated, so it's too late to do anything with it. Definitely not effective tracking mechanism for someone with all of my issues and irregularities.
  • BCP = Birth Control Pills
  • BD = Baby Dance - i.e. sex, IT, doing the deed, or as Marvin Gaye so eloquently put it, "Let's Get It On". This sounds well and good until you get a call during the middle of the work day while TTC and says that according to your 7am bloodwork results it's time and not pass go, do not collect $200...get your booty home 10 minutes ago!
  • BFN = Big Fat Negative - I'm WAY too familiar with this. It sucks.
  • BFP = Big Fat Positive - maybe some day!!!!
  • BW, b/w = Bloodwork - I'm a human pincushion, needles have no effect on me anymore.
  • CD = Cycle Day - Cycle Day #1 starts with AF's arrival...
  • CM = Cervical Mucus - you can look this up on your own...
  • COW = Curse of Womanhood (menstruation) - not so much a curse for those of us who are AO (see above)
  • DPO = Days Post-Ovulation - self explanatory
  • DPR = Days Post-Retrieval - self explanatory
  • DPT = Days Post-Transfer - self explanatory
  • ENDO = Endometriosis - I have this - had surgery to remove as much as possible, however it is known to come back, the only way to know is to go in and have the surgery again.
  • EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
  • ET = Embryo Transfer
  • FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer - my doc actually supports FET, he says it gives the woman's body time to recover after all the stimulation meds and gives the embryo's a more nurturing environment to implant. We'll see. He does 90% fresh embroy transfer b/c most of us infertile myrtles are impatient and want to do it "right now". Also the Attain Fertility plan covers up to 3 fresh and 3 frozen transfers, so you're required to try fresh first go round.
  • FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone
  • FTTA = Fertile Thoughts To All - sending to some special ladies who should hopefully be receiving good news soon!!!!!
  • FV = Fertile Vibes - ditto
  • hCG, HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin - a hormone secreted early in pregnancy. It helps maintain high levels of progesterone which is critical for the success of preganancy. hCG is also the hormone detected by urine & blood pregnancy tests. I took this (via muscular injection) prior to my IUIs - it helps the mature follicle release. It can also cause a false positive on your HPT (see below), so you're not supposed to test until after the 2WW
  • HPT = Home Pregnancy Test - love seeing pics of these on my friends' blogs and facebook pages with BFP's!!!!!
  • HSG = Hysterosalpingogram - have had 2 of these. 1 unmedicated (yowza!)...1 with valium....valium makes everything all better :) I highly recommend the medicated HSG over unmedicated. You lay on an x-ray table while they shoot die into both fallopian tubes to detect potential blockage. I had a blocked tube which they cleared on the 2nd HSG.
  • ICSI = Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection - this is part of IVF where they actually take the sperm and inject it into the egg in the petri dish rather than relying on the two to combine on their own.
  • IF = Infertility - ugh, hate this label
  • IM = Intra-muscular (WRT injections) - awesome
  • IUI = Intra-uterine Insemination - 3 strikes and you're out for us.
  • IVF = In Vitro Fertilization - our next step. Tons of meds to stimulate follicles (i.e. eggs), then they retrieve the eggs perform the ICSI and wait a few days to see how many grow and how many (if any) pass away :( Then they place the growing embryos (up to 2 per my doc's instructions) back into the uterus and pray that one or both implant.
  • LSP = Low Sperm Count - not an issue for us
  • MFI = Male Factor Infertility - not an issue for us
  • OHSS = Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome - during IVF there is a chance that your Ovaries may become overstimulated and this can result in a hospital stay. Extremely painful.
  • PCOS = Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - one or both ovaries produce too many small follicles which prohibits any one follicle from fully maturing and releasing (i.e. ovulation). I have this in one ovary which partially explains my why I am AO
  • PG = Pregnant - hopefully someday???? soon???? :) :) :)
  • RE = Reproductive Endocrinologist - Dr. Katz at REACH is my RE...we think he's great! :)
  • TESA = Testicular Sperm Aspiration - YOWZA! The Italian is SO thankful that he doesn't have to deal with this....OUCH!
Alright, there will be a quiz later!

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