C is for Conceive

conceive – to become pregnant with offspring.

C is for Conceive and when most of us are thinking about this concept we are thinking down the road, about 9 months down that road, we see ourselves holding a happy, bouncing baby and our lives are starting to feel fulfilled and complete.

But sometimes along the way to our happy ending, we run into some of these other C’s and they can make the road bumpy, long, dusty and heartbreaking!

C is also for:

Cannula – A hollow tube like that used for insemination.

Centrifuge – A machine that separates materials with different densities by spinning them at high speed. Used in sperm washing.

Chemical Pregnancy – A pregnancy where hCG levels are detected, but the pregnancy is lost before a heartbeat is seen on an ultrasound. This is a very early miscarriage — often before the woman misses a period.

Chromosome – The structures in the cell that carry the genetic material (genes: DNA); the genetic messengers of inheritance. The human has forty-six chromosomes, twenty-three coming from the egg and twenty-three coming from the sperm.

Clomid – A brand name of clomiphene citrate.

Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid, Serophene) – A fertility drug that stimulates ovulation through the release of gonadotropins from the pituitary gland.

Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (CCCT, CCT)– This test entails the oral (by mouth) administration of 100 milligrams of clomiphene citrate on menstrual cycle days 5-9. Blood levels of FSH are measured on cycle day 3 and again on cycle day 10. Elevated blood levels of FSH on cycle day 3 or cycle day 10 are associated with very low pregnancy.

COH – Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation.

Condom Therapy – Therapy prescribed to reduce the number of sperm antibodies in the woman by using a condom during intercourse for six months or more and by the woman refraining from all skin contact with the husband’s sperm. The woman’s antibody level may fall to levels that will not adversely affect the sperm.

Continuing Infertile – Someone who has gone through primary infertility, successfully given birth, and is trying for another child.

Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation (COH) – Using fertility medications to stimulate the growth of multiple follicles for ovulation. Also called Superovulation.

Cryopreservation – Freezing quickly and then storing, as in sperm, embryos, and, more recently, unfertilized eggs.

Cycle Day – The day of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The first day (day 1) is when full flow starts before mid-afternoon.

Cyst – A fluid-filled sac.

Cytoplasmic Transfer – An extension of in vitro fertilization which takes the genetic material from a mother’s egg and combines it with the cytoplasma of a donor egg. Two methods of cytoplasm transfer were developed, one which transfers a small amount of cytoplasm by tiny needle from the donor to the recipient egg, the other transfers a larger amount of cytoplasm which is then fused to the recipient cytoplasm with electricity.


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