Two week wait (before testing, not always 2 weeks)
Aunt Flo, your period.
Baby Dance. Have intercourse for conception purposes.
Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test)
Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test)
Cervical mucous, also known as cervical fluid. It is fluid produced by your cervix as you approach ovulation due to increased estrogen.
DH, DD, DS
Dear Husband, Dear Daughter, Dear Son
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
a condition of low fertility characterized by low numbers of remaining oocytes in the ovaries.
Days Past Ovulation
Doing the deed, same as baby dance.
Estimated Due Date
Evening Primrose Oil. Can be taken from CD1 up to ovulation to promote fertile CM. Don't take it after ovulation, though.
Eggwhite cervical mucous. See Eggwhite cervical fluid below.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone
Home pregnancy test. Measures levels of the hormone hcG which are produced in pregnancy.
Hormone detected by pregnancy tests. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
Last menstrual period. The first day of your last period.
Laughing out loud
Luteal Phase Defect
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Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) is an exaggerated response to ovulation induction with FSH and HCG. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovarian_hy
Ovulation Prediction Kit. OPKs measure luteinizing hormone, the last hormone to peak before ovulation.
Pee on a stick
Reproductive Endocrinologist- Fertility Specialist
Taking Charge of Your Fertility, book on fertility awareness by Toni Weschler.
Trying to conceive.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Fertility chart that does not have an ovulation (biphasic) pattern.
Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
Your body temperature at rest as measured with a special Basal Body Temperature thermometer. A rise in BBT occurs after ovulation making BBT the only fertility sign that is useful for pinpointing the actual day of ovulation.
Chart pattern that shows ovulation by showing two levels of temperatures on a graph. Basal Body Temperature (BBT) rises after ovulation. The pre-ovulation temperatures are slightly lower than those after ovulation.
Cervical Fluid (CF, CM)
Also sometimes called cervical mucous, cervical fluid is produced by your cervix as you approach ovulation due to increased estrogen.
A chemical pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg does not implant into the uterine wall. If a pregnancy test is taken just at the right time it will be positive, however, when a repeat test is taken several days later it will be negative. The majority of women who have a chemical pregnancy never know they are pregnant before they miscarry and begin what they think is their normal menstrual cycle.
Clomiphene citrate (CC, Clomid, Serophene) is often the first fertility drug that couples come in contact with. It is easily taken (orally rather than by injection) and it is the first line drug used for ovulation induction in patients with PCOS and other ovulatory disorders. It has been used for patients with luteal phase defect. It can also be used to assess ovarian reserve or, in other words, the likelihood that a woman's ovaries can still produce viable eggs. Clomid is not useful for women whose ovaries have reached the end of their working life.
Literally meaning "yellow body" because of its color, the corpus luteum is what remains of the dominant ovarian follicle that released an egg at ovulation. The corpus luteum is responsible for producing progesterone after ovulation.
A coverline is a visual tool used to differentiate your pre- and post-ovulation phases on your fertility chart. It is drawn horizontally across your chart once ovulation has been detected. The way it is calculated depends on the ovulation pattern of your chart.
The ovarian follicle that will release an egg at ovulation. The dominant follicle is responsible for estrogen production before ovulation.
Eggwhite Cervical Fluid
This is the most fertile kind of cervical fluid. It is stretchy and usually clear and resembles raw eggwhite. Also called Eggwhite cervical mucous (EWCM).
One of the principal female sex hormones. Produced in the ovaries, estrogen dominates the first part of your menstrual cycle, before ovulation and stimulates follicular growth. It strengthens tissues and helps to build up the lining of the uterus and is responsible for many of your fertility signs, including cervical fluid and cervical position.
A normal ovulation pattern when your temperature rises then drops slightly immediately after ovulation and then rises again.
The period when you are most fertile (most likely to conceive) before ovulation.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone
The hormone produced by the pituitary gland that causes the growth of follicles in the ovary early in the menstrual cycle, before ovulation.
GAMETE INTERFALLOPIAN TRANSFER (GIFT)
In this technique, sperm and eggs are placed directly into the woman's fallopian tubes to encourage fertilization to occur naturally. This procedure is done with the help of laparoscopy. In laparoscopy, a small tube with a viewing lens at one end is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision. The lens allows the physician to see inside the patient on a video monitor.
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)
The hormone GnRH pulses through your bloodstream from the hypothalamus to the pituitary gland in spurts every 60-90 minutes from menstruation until ovulation. The GnRH signals the anterior pituitary gland to secrete FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and later LH (Luteinizing Hormone).
Hormones are biochemical substances that are produced in one area of your body and carried in your bloodstream to send signals that trigger responses in another part of your body.
When the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus.
Some women experience spotting when implantation occurs.
IUI (intrauterine insemination)
With an IUI, your partner provides a sperm sample at home or in the doctor's office on the same day of the insemination. Then, his sperm are "washed" -- that is, the sperm are separated from the semen and concentrated; the washing also cleanses the sperm of potentially hazardous chemicals that could harm the uterus. The resulting liquid is placed in a thin soft tube and injected high into your uterus. This positions the sperm much closer to the fallopian tubes, where it will have to be for one of them to fertilize an egg.
The procedure takes only a few minutes. You may experience mild cramping, but it's usually brief and you can resume your activities immediately afterward.
A procedure in which a viewing tube is inserted through the abdominal wall (usually via an incision in the belly button and bikini line) to examine a woman's reproductive organs.
A sudden and large increase in Luteinizing Hormone in response to increased levels of estrogen in the blood. The LH surge is detected by ovulation prediction kits. Ovulation follows within about 24 hours of an LH surge.
The second part of your menstrual cycle, after ovulation. The time between ovulation and mentruation. It is called luteal phase because the corpus luteum governs hormone production at this time.
Luteal Phase Defect
When the luteal phase (the time between ovulation and menstruation) is too short (less than 10 days) it may indicate that the corpus luteum is not functioning properly and may prevent implantation of a fertilized egg or may lead to early pregnancy loss.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
The hormone produced in the pituitary gland that triggers ovulation. Luteinizing hormone is the last hormone to peak before ovulation. LH is measured by ovulation prediction kits.
see Ovulation pain
Special underwear worn during the 2 week wait, for luck.
See also Pirate Pants
Same as Estrogen - Estrogen is the American spelling.
Produces eggs (ova) and female hormones.
When the ovary releases an egg.
Slight cramping or twinges in your abdomen before, during or slightly after ovulation. This is a secondary fertility sign and because it can happen before, during, or after ovulation and can be misidentified, it is not reliable for pipointing ovulation. Also called mittelschmertz, or middle pain.
A pattern on your fertility chart that shows that you have ovulated.
Special underwear worn during the 2 week wait, for luck.
See also Monkey Pants
Chorionic Gonadotropin. Pregnyl is a hormone used for treating fertility problems. Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) stimulates ovulation (release of an egg) in women
A lubricant very similar to natural cervical fluid, which provides a good environment in which sperm can thrive. Available online.
Primary fertility signs
These are the fertility signs that you need to include on your chart to get an accurate assessment of your fertility status and to make the most of fertility charting. Your primary fertility signs are your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) and your cervical fluid.
Progesterone is one of the major female sex hormones. Progesterone dominates the luteal phase (the time between ovulation and menstruation) of the menstrual cycle. Progesterone is released from the corpus luteum after ovulation, and causes your basal body temperature to increase slightly. Progesterone helps build the lining of the uterus so that a fertilized egg can implant.
A saliva microscope is a device that measures the level of the hormone estrogen. When there is increased estrogen in your bloodstream (indicating increased fertility) you are able to see ferning patterns when your saliva is observed through a microscope.
Secondary fertility signs
Fertility signs other than cervical fluid or basal body temperature (BBT) that are useful for cross-checking your primary fertility signs and giving added insight into your cycles
Normal ovulation pattern where the temperature rises slowly after ovulation.
Stretchability, webbiness (of cervical fluid). See eggwhite cervical fluid
A triphasic chart shows three levels of temperatures: pre-ovulation, post-ovulation, and then a second rise after ovulation. Triphasic charts are occasionally an indication of pregnancy when the second rise occurs when you would expect implantation. Triphasic charts often do not end up showing pregnancy. You can be pregnant without a triphasic pattern and you can have a triphasic pattern without being pregnant.
ZYGOTE INTRAFALLOPIAN TRANSFER (ZIFT)
If infertility is caused by a low sperm count, zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT) can be tried. This technique combines GIFT and IVF. This procedure is also called a "tubal embryo transfer."
In this technique, in-vitro fertilization is first performed, so that the actual fertilization takes place and is confirmed in the laboratory. Two days later, instead of placing the embryo in the uterus, the physician performs laparoscopy to place the embryos in the fallopian tube, much like the GIFT procedure.
A woman must have at least one functioning fallopian tube in order to participate in ZIFT.