Hello! and welcome to another entry of our humble blog, navigating the fertility world can be a scary and confusing experience, there’s a lot of data, new words, acronyms, testing and a whole lot altogether, but fear not! we are here to help you! and not only on your fertility treatment (although feel free to ask us anything), but also on understanding everything so here are some acronyms and what they mean, we got you!
- AMH: also known as anti-Mullerian hormone, we have talked a lot of AMH on this blog so if you still have some doubts go check our different entries on this. AMH is one of the most important hormones related to fertility. It serves as a proxy for ovarian reserve aka how many eggs you have.
- OB-GYN: This you probably already know, but we are covering our basis. obstetrician-gynecologist. This is a doctor who will care for you throughout your entire reproductive lifespan: from puberty to menopause.
- DOR: or diminished ovarian reserve, is a clinical diagnosis that means a person has fewer eggs than expected for their age.
- E2: estradiol, is one of three types of estrogen produced by the ovaries to help your body prepare for egg fertilization. When you are close to ovulating your ovary triggers a dominant follicle within to release its egg. Throughout this maturation process, your follicle produces E2.
- FSH: follicle-stimulating hormone, This hormone helps follicles grow and mature in your ovaries so that one of those follicles will release an egg during ovulation.
- PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome, this definitely gets its own entry and it already has a few, it basically is is a very common hormonal disorder marked by high levels of androgens (“male” sex hormones)
- POI: primary ovarian insufficiency, is what happens if the ovaries stop functioning normally before 40 years old.
- TSH: thyroid-stimulating hormone is the hormonal message the pituitary gland in your brain releases to monitor thyroid hormone production
And with that we say goodbye, there’s a ton left and are definitely on our list, so keep an eye out for our next entry!