EGG FREEZING GLOSSARY
AntiMullerian Hormone, also referred to as MIS (Mullerian Inhibiting Substance), is produced by the ovarian follicles. AMH levels correlate with the number of antral follicles in the ovaries and gives an estimate of remaining egg supply. Women with lower AMH have lower antral follicular counts and produce a lower number of eggs compared with women with higher levels.
Antral follicle count (AFC)
The number of follicles detected by the ultrasound at the beginning of the menstrual cycle, which indicates the size of your ovarian reserve.
American Society of Reproductive Medicine
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (i.e.: IVF, egg vitrification)
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An atypical number of chromosomes. When numerical abnormalities occur in germ cells (i.e. sperm and egg cells) or during the very early stages of fetal development they may result in a miscarriage or in a developmental abnormality such as Down’s syndrome.
The process by which a woman donates several (usually 1015) eggs for purposes of ART.
See oocyte cryopreservation
Instead of slowly being cooled, eggs are quickly vitrified by replacing their water content with a cryoprotectant solution. When ready to be used, vitrified eggs are thawed instead of warmed resulting in decreased rates of ice crystal development that often occurs in the slow cooling method.
A fertilized egg that has begun cell division.
The primary female sex hormone. It is formed from developing ovarian follicles and is responsible for female characteristics and sexual functioning. Estradiol levels are also measured in the FSH Day 3 blood exam to check ovarian reserves.
Two tubes that transport the egg from the ovary to the uterus (womb).
"Fast” egg freezing
see egg vitrification
The union of mature male and female gametes (reproductive cells) to form a zygote (or fertilized egg).
Frozen embryo transfer
Follicle stimulating hormone; causes follicles to grow
FSH Day 3 Test
Follicle stimulating hormone test is a routine blood test administered on Day 3 of menstruation to measure ovarian reserves. High levels of FSH may indicate poor ovarian reserves while low levels of FSH indicate strong ovarian reserves.
Human chorionic gonadotropin
Hysteroscopy assesses the health of the womb. The patient is put under mild sedation while a doctor uses a telescope to check the uterine cavity for fibroids, polyps, scar tissue or other issues.
Luteinizing hormone; causes eggs to mature
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection is used to fertilize frozen eggs. The technique involves directly injecting a single sperm into a single egg with a needle instead of allowing sperm to penetrate the egg naturally in a Petri dish.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
The process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. If successful, the fertilized egg or embryo will be transferred to the uterus.
The cessation of ovulation and menstrual cycles.
An immature, or unfertilized, female egg cell.
Commonly referred to as egg freezing, oocyte cryopreservation is a procedure that extracts, freezes and stores unfertilized eggs for future use.
A cellular structure found in the ovary where immature eggs mature, leading to ovulation and either pregnancy or menstruation.
Ovarian hyperstimulation occurs when ovaries are overstimulated causing them to become extremely swollen and painful and in rare cases requires aspiration of accumulated fluid in the abdomen cavity.
Indicates a woman’s fertility potential and is commonly used as a barometer for the likelihood of fertility success.
One of a pair of reproductive glands located on each side of the uterus. The ovaries produce eggs and female hormones. During a healthy menstrual cycle, one egg is released from one ovary.
Time at which a mature egg is released from the ovary, passed through the fallopian tube and ready for fertilization.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome occurs when estrogen and progesterone hormones are out of balance leading to ovarian cysts, menstrual irregularities and infertility issues.
Society for Reproductive Technology
“Slow” egg freezing
Process by which female eggs are slowly dehydrated by replacing their water content with small amounts of cryoprotectant, or freezing agent. When the eggs reach minus 32 Celsius they are placed in liquid nitrogen and transformed into a solid.
A medical imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves. Ultrasounds are used in egg freezing for visualizing the follicles in the ovaries.
To change or make into glass or a glassy substance. (see egg vitrification)