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Glossary of Terms

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Your Health Care Team
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Your Health Care Team

Nurse Practitioner: A registered nurse with special training for providing primary health care, including many tasks customarily performed by a physician.

Medical Assistant
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Assists the provider in giving care to patients. Will draw blood for lab tests. Also, coordinate care and serve as primary contact.

Referral Coordinator: Responsible for aspects of the referral process including inputing and maintenance as well as file maintenance, processing and distribution of documents related to files.

Sonographer: A technician qualified to perform ultrasounds to determine the size, shape, and dimensions of pelvic organs and ovarian follicles.

Receptionist
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The first person the patient comes in contact with over the phone or at the office. Handles administrative duties. Also, able to assist patients with scheduling procedures and insurance benefits.

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Lab Tests & Procedures

Laparascopy: Use of a surgical instrument inserted through small incision below the navel to allow direct visualization of the ovaries and the exterior of the fallopian tubes and uterus.

Ultrasound: Also called sonogram. A technique using sound waves to visualize the uterus and ovaries, a fetus in the uterus, or the growth of ovarian follicles during infertility treatment.

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Other Terms

Ovarian Cyst
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Fluid filled sacs in the ovary.

STD: Sexually Transmitted Diseases include Chlamydia, Herpes, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and other conditions.

Testosterone: Male sex hormone produced in the testicles.

TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is released by the pituitary gland to increase thyroid hormone production. TSH results can reveal whether thyroid function is normal, which is necessary for normal ovulation.

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