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    Glossary

    Understanding the terminology

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    Anonymous Donor is an egg donor the recipient does not know. The donor’s identity remains unknown.

    Assisted Activation of Eggs after ICSI is a laboratory procedure in which eggs that have been injected with a sperm (undergone ICSI) are treated with a chemical agent that induces egg activation and triggers the fertilization process. This procedure is limited to those few couples that have low ICSI fertilization rates.

    Assisted Hatching is a laboratory micromanipulation procedure in which an acidic solution is used to thin and/or create a small hole in the outer shell of the embryo to facilitate hatching of the embryo. This may facilitate implantation of the embryo into the uterine wall.

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    Blastocyst is the stage of embryo development in which differentiation of cells has occurred.

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    Cervical Mucus is the mucus produced by the cervix and it indicates changes in hormonal levels.

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    Donor Eggs (Oocytes) are eggs retrieved from a young, fertile woman. Donor eggs are used to generate embryos an individual or couple in need of healthier and younger eggs.

    Donor Embryos are cryopreserved embryos that have been donated by a patient/couple to a known recipient(s) or donated to RSMC for use by an anonymous recipient(s) to establish a pregnancy.