Glossary of Terms

Assisted Hatching - Using very fine tools under a microscope, a small opening is created in the shell of the fertilized egg in the laboratory to assist in embryo implantation.

Donor Egg Program - For women unable to produce their own eggs, eggs may be donated by another woman after ovarian hyperstimulation and used during an IVF cycle.

Donor Semen Program - Sperm may be obtained from a donor bank and inseminated at the time of ovulation.

Embryo Cryopreservation -  Embryos from one cycle may be frozen, stored and successfully thawed for use in another cycle.

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) - Using very fine tools under a microscope in the laboratory, a single sperm is injected into a single egg to aid in fertilization.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) - After ovarian hyperstimulation, eggs are removed from the ovaries with a needle through the vagina and mixed with sperm in the laboratory where fertilization occurs.  Several days later, the embryos are transferred through the cervix into the uterus.

Semen Cryopreservation - Sperm may be successfully frozen and thawed for use at a future date.

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