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#1 ~Mintie~

Posted 18 May 2011 - 10:26 PM

Hello, I am the moderator of the AC general area. If you have any issues or questions, please feel free to PM me. There is a button to do this at the bottom of this post.

**Please note that with the exception of pinned topics, I will be moderating this area under the FORUM MODERATOR username. This prevents my byline image appearing every time I post. If you are needing to contact me, please do so via my actual profile (~Mintie~) as I will not be checking PM's sent directly to the FORUM MODERATOR username as that is a shared profile amongst the moderators**

Over the next few weeks I will be going through the below information and links kindly collated by Geranium Queen to ensure all are current and still working. If you happen to notice any that are no longer working, please feel free to let me know. Likewise if you feel any important and relevant links are missing and feel other members might benefit from links you have found, please let me know. It's the members of this forum who make this place such a valuable source of information and support, and by helping to keep information up to date you are assisting in making other member's AC journey just that bit less intimidating.

Thank you!

Following input from members here Admin has agreed upon a few guidelines for posting in this forum.

1. No pregnancy or baby tickers nor signatures with pictures of babies/children here please.
2. No pregnancy updates past the 1st scan if all is ok.
3. Think about what you say and how you say it and at all times show respect for your fellow members.

A link to the full forum rules is here.

Please note that typing in all capitals signifies shouting or yelling and is considered rude under standard netiquette.

Commonly used acronyms and abbreviations within the AC forums:

AC - Assisted Conception
AF - Aunt Flo (periods)
AFAIK - as far as I know
AI - Assisted or Artificial Insemination
AID - Artificial Insemination with Donor Sperm
AIH - Artificial Insemination with husband's/partner's sperm
ART - Assisted Reproductive Technolgy
BBT - Basal Body temperature
BCP - Birth control pill
BD - baby dancing (sex)
BFN - big fat negative (pregnancy test)
BG - Buddy Group
BFP - big fat positive (pregnancy test)
B/T - blood test
BTW - by the way
CD - cycle day
CIO - Cry it out
CM - cervical mucus
CVS - Chorionic Villus Sampling
D&C - Dilation & Curette
DH, DS, DD, DF, DB - dear husband, dear son, dear daughter, dear fiance, dear boyfriend
DI - Donor Insemination
DPO - days past ovulation
ED - Egg Donation
Em D - Embryo Donation
Endo - Endometriosis
EP - Ectopic Pregnancy
EPU - Egg pick up
ET - Embryo Transfer
EW or EWCM - Egg White or Egg White Cervical Mucus (description of cervical mucus at ovulation time)
FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer
FS - Fertility Specialist
FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
FWIW - for what it's worth
FYI - for your information
GIFT - Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
GD - Gestational Diabetes
GYN - gynaecolgist
HB - heartbeat
HPT - home pregnancy test
HTH - hope this helps
ICA - Inter Country Adoption
ICSI - Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my humble opinion
IUI - Intrauterine Insemination
IVF - In Vitro Fertilisation
IYKWIM - if you know what I mean
JMHO - just my humble opinion
LAP - laparoscopy
LOL - laughing out loud
MF - male factor
MIL, FIL, BIL, SIL - mother, father, brother, sister-in-law
M/C - miscarriage
M/S - morning sickness
O - Ovulation
OB - Obstetrician
OHSS - Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome
OI - Ovulation Induction
OPK - ovulation predictor test kit
OPU - Ovum (Egg) Pick Up
OT - Off Topic
OTT - Over The Top
PCO - Poly Cystic Ovaries
PCOS - Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
PG - pregnant
PGD - Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
POAS - pi$ on a stick (do a home pregnancy test)
POF - Premature Ovarian Failure
PMSL - pi$ myself laughing
RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist (Fertility specialist)
ROFL - rolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAO - roll on floor laughing my a$ off
SA - semen analysis
SAHM - stay at home mum
SCSA - Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay (test to check for DNA breakage in sperm)
SD - Step Daughter
SO - significant other
SS - Step Son
TIA - thanks in advance
TTC - trying to conceive
TMI - Too Much Information
U/S - Ultrasound
WAHM - work at home mum
2WW - 2 week wait (wait after ovulation when TTC)

Below are answers to a lot of frequently asked questions in regards to AC.

Thanks to all the members that put this together, especially jules095

Please feel free to add any extra information you think is helpful!

What is ICSI?
ICSI is an acronym for intracytoplasmic sperm injection - which is a long, fancy way of saying "inject sperm into the middle of the egg". ICSI is a very effective method to get fertilization of eggs in the IVF lab after they have been retrieved from the female partner. IVF with ICSI involves the use of specialized micromanipulation tools and equipment and inverted microscopes that enable embryologists to select and then pick up individual sperms in a tiny specially designed hollow ICSI needle. Then the needle is carefully advanced through the outer shell of the egg and egg membrane and the sperm is then injected into the inner part (cytoplasm) of the egg. This will usually result in normal fertilization in approximately 70-85% of eggs injected with viable sperm. First, the woman must be stimulated with medications and have an egg retrieval procedure so that we can obtain several eggs in order to attempt in vitro fertilization and ICSI.

Do you consume caffeine or alcohol while on a stim cycle?
Small amounts of alcohol will probably not adversely affect you or your eggs, but caffeine has been shown to affect fertility, even in small amounts, so try to avoid it.

Is it better to use 3 day embryos or 5 day ones?
In most in vitro fertilisation (IVF) centres, embryos are placed into a patients uterus on the second or third day at the four- or eight-cell stages, respectively. Although high pregnancy rates can result with such day-2 or day-3 transfers, some studies show that the transfer of five-day-old embryos (blastocysts) can enhance pregnancy outcome.

There are three justifications for this statement. First, more physiological viability exists in returning a blastocyst to the uterine environment than returning an earlier cleavage-stage embryo because the uterine environment is designed to be most receptive to the four- or five-day-old human embryo. Second, only the hardiest embryos will survive in culture for five days, and third, embryo selection is better and more precise with day-5 embryos.

Some researchers have claimed that because higher implantation rates result from blastocyst transfers, the transfer of one blastocyst will avoid a multiple-sibling pregnancy (one side effect of IVF). Other scientists believe that appearance alone under the microscope of day-3 embryos poorly predicts future blastocyst quality and that no correlation exists between blastulation rates of cultured spare embryos and transfers on day 2 or 3 in the same patients. Additional studies report contradictory views that blastocyst transfers alone were no better than day-3 transfers in IVF patients.

Can I use an HPT if I had an hCG injection (such as Profasi, Pregnyl or Novarel)?
A: You can, but you should wait 7-14 days after your last injection before the shot is out of your system. If you test too soon, you might get a false positive. Wait 14 days after a 10,000 IU injection, 10 days after a 5,000 IU injection, or 7 days after a 2,500 IU injection.

When does implantation take place?
Implantation can occur as early as 5 days past ovulation (DPO)EPU but on average it happens between 7 and 10dpo and up to 12dpo.

When can I test after an embryo transfer?
Just like when TTC naturally, you should not test until 14 days after EPU/O. There is an approximate 10% chance of getting a positive pregnancy test at 10 days after EPU/O and a small chance at 9 days but one should hold off until at least 12 after EPU/O.

From the Monash IVF website
How long does it take to freeze & thaw an embryo?
Embryo Freezing

The embryo freezing process takes approximately 3 hours. Embryos are sequentially treated with varying concentrations of a special solution, called the cryoprotectant. The cryoprotectant protects the embryos during the freezing process. Each embryo is then drawn into a specially designed sterile straw that is uniquely labelled for the patient. The straws containing the embryos are placed into a freezing machine, slowly cooled to -35oC and stored in liquid nitrogen for long-term storage (-196oC).

Embryo Thawing
Embryo thawing is the reverse of the freezing process, and involves warming the embryos. Scientists will usually thaw the embryos the day before the scheduled embryo transfer. Embryo thawing takes approximately 2 hours. Once the embryos are returned to room temperature, the embryos are passed through a series of solutions to remove the cryoprotectant that is no longer needed. The thawed embryos are kept in the incubator until the embryo transfer, during which time they should resume development and undergo cell division.

Information about the new Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (Eg police checks that must be conducted before treatment).

Fertility Clinics

Melbourne IVF
Monash IVF Australia

Genea (formally Sydney IVF)
IVF Australia
Next Generation

Hollywood Fertility Centre
Concept Fertility Centre
Fertility North
Fertility Specialists of Western Australia

Queensland Fertility Group
City Fertility Centre

Flinders Fertility

Miscellaneous Websites

Access (Australia's National Infertility Network)
Donor Conception Support Group
Advanced Fertility Website (US based)

Transferring one or two embryos

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