Glossary

Azoospermia

When a man has no sperm present in his semen.

Blastocyst

This stage is achieved around 5 days after the egg is fertilized.

Cetrotide

Cetrotide is a gonadotropin releasing hormone that helps control hormonal responses in women's body affecting the development of eggs. Cetrotide isblocking the trigger effect of GnRH. This blocking action stops the premature LH surge in women undergoing controlled ovarian stimulation before they begin. In doing so, this allows eggs to reach the level of development needed forfertilization. 

Clomid

Clomid (clomiphene) is a non-steroidal fertility medicine. It causes the pituitary gland to release hormones needed to stimulate ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary).

Donor Eggs

Eggs that are taken from a fertile woman and implanted in another woman.

Donor Embryo

An embryo donated by another couple, either known or anonymous. The donor relinquishes all parental rights to any resulting offspring. Our program conforms to ASRM guidelines regarding donor embryos

Ectopic Pregnancy

A pregnancy in which the fertilized ovum has implanted in a location other than the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube

Egg Retrieval

Procedure using ultrasound to guide a needle through the vagina into the ovary to collect eggs. Usually performed under sedation for the safety and comfort of our patients

Embryo Transfer

Placement of embryos into a woman’s uterus through the cervix after IVF

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common condition where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb (the endometrium) is found outside the womb. These pieces of tissue can be found in many different areas of the body, but they are most commonly found on the ovaries, on the lining of the pelvis behind the uterus and covering the top of the vagina. The condition is estimated to affect around two million women in the UK. Most of them are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 40.

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