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Assisted Hatching

Weakening the outside shell of an embryo to allow the dividing embryo a greater ability to hatch (escape).

Blastocyst Transfer

Transfer of a day five embryo to the uterus


Canadian Assisted Reproductive Technologies Registry - This is a registry where IVF clinics in Canada send their yearly results for compilation into a national average.

Controlled Ovarian Stimulation

Controlled stimulation of follicles to produce multiple eggs.

Cryo-preservation of Embryos

Freezing of embryos for use in future cycles.

Diagnostic Cycle Monitoring

Non-medicated monitoring of a patient’s cycle through a combination of hormonal blood tests and ultrasounds, which are used to give a biological profile of a patient’s ovulation status.

Diagnostic Laparoscopy

Diagnostic assessment of a patient’s internal abdominal organs. This test involves the insertion of a thin diagnostic scope through the umbilicus (belly button).

Egg Donation Program

The utilization of donor eggs from an IVF cycle, from a known donor.

Endometrial Biopsy

A sampling of the inside lining of the uterus. This is then analyzed for implantation defects, hormonal status or infection.

Epididymal Aspiration

Fine needle extraction of sperm cells from the epididymal sac surrounding the testicles.

FISH (Flourescence Insitu Hybridization)

Screening of the embryo for familial genetic disorders, a tool for counting the number of chromosomes in the embryo.

Genetic (inherited) Counselling

Appointment with a trained geneticist, to discuss a potential genetic abnormality or prospects for a genetic abnormality.

HSG (Hystersalpingogram)

X-ray evaluation of uterine shape and fallopian tubes’ status. This test involves injecting x-ray dye into the uterus.


Diagnostic vaginal procedure to examine the inside of the uterus, most often used to treat pathology in the uterine cavity. Hysteroscopy is usually performed under general anesthetic using an endoscope.

ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection)

The microscopic injection of a single sperm into an egg for fertilization.

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