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Guide to Common Fertility Acronyms

Language is a key form of interaction in our everyday lives. We use language to inform the people around us of what we feel, what we desire, and to question and build an understanding of world around us.

When it comes to fertility and infertility there is a plethora of terminology to learn and understand. If you’ve checked out any of the leading fertility forums and fertility blogs you will have noticed that fertility language includes a long list of acronyms and short hand. To help you navigate the language of fertility the following table is a guide to common fertility acronyms plus you can download a copy below.

Common Fertility Acronyms

2WW 2 Week Wait
  ACA Anti-cardiolipin Antibody
  ACTH Adrenal Carticotropic Hormone
  AF Aunt Flo, After Flo, Period, or Menstrual Cycle
  AH Assisted Hatching
  AI Artificial/Assisted Insemination
  ADA Anti-DNA antibodies
  ANA Anti-nuclear Antibodies
  APA Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
  APS Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome
  APTT Activated Partial Thrombo Time
  ART Assisted Reproductive Technology
  ASA Anti-sperm Antibody
  ASRM American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  BA Baby Aspirin
  BBT Basal Body Temperature
  BCP Birth Control Pills
  BD Baby Dance (sex)
  Beta HCG pregnancy test
  BFN Big Fat Negative
  B/W, b/w Bloodwork
  CAH Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
  CASA Computer-assisted Semen Analysis
  CB Cycle Buddy
  CBAVD Congenital Bilateral Absence of Vas Deferens
  CCCT, CCT Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge Test)
  CGT Couple Genetic Testing
  CD Cycle Day
  CF Cystic Fibrosis
  CM Cervical Mucus
  CMV Cytomegalovirus
  CNM Certified Nurse Midwife
  COH Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
  CP Cervical Position
  CPFM ClearPlan Fertility Monitor (Brand Name)
  CVS Chorionic Villae Sampling
  D&C Dilation & Curettage
  D&E Dilation & Evacuation
  DE Donor Eggs
  DES Diethylstillbestrol
  DH Dear Husband
  DHEAS Dihydroepiandrosterone
  DI Donor Husband
  DIPI Direct Intra-peritoneal Insemination
  DOR Diminished Ovarian Reserve
  DPO Days Post-Ovulation
  DPR Days Post-Retrieval
  DPT Days Post-Transfer
  DP3DT Days Post 3-Day Transfer
  DP5DT Days Post 5-Day Transfer
  DW Dear Wife
  Dx Diagnosis
  E2 Estradiol
  EB, EMB Endometrial Biopsy
  ENDO Endometriosis
  EPT Early Pregnancy Test
  ER Egg Retrieval
  ET Egg Transfer
  ETA Embryo Toxicity Assay
  ETF Embryo Toxicity Factor
  FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
  FBG Fasting Blood Glucose
  FI Fasting Insulin
  FF Fertility Friend
  FHR Fetal Heart Rate
  FP Follicular Phase
  FM Fertility Mucus or Fertility Monitor
  FRED Fertility Response Early Detection (Brand Name)
  Frostie Frozen Embryo
  FSH Follicle-Stimulating Hormone
  FTTA Fertile Thoughts to All
  GD Gestational Diabetes
  GI Gastrointestinal
  GIFT Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
  GnRH Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone
  GP General Practitioner
  GT Genetic Testing
  GTT Glucose Tolerance Test
  hCG, HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
  hMG, HMG Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
  HCP Health Care Practitioner
  HEPA Hampster Egg Penetration Assay
  HPT Home Pregnancy Test
  HRT Hormone Replacement Therapy
  HSC Hysteroscopy
  HSG Hysterosalpingogram
  HX History
  IBT Immunobead Binding Test
  ICI Intra-cervical Insemination
  ICSI Intra-cytoplamic Sperm Injection
  IF Infertility
  IGTT Insulin and Glucose Tolerance Test
  INCIID International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
  IM Intramuscular injections
  IOR Immature Oocyte Retrieval
  IR Insulin Resistant
  ITI Intra-tubal Insemination
  IUGR Intra-uterine Growth Retardation
  IUI Intra-uterine Insemination
  IVC Intra-vaginal Culture
  IVF/ET In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
  IVF In Vitro Fertilization
  IVIg Intravenous Immunoglobulin
  LA Lupus anticoagulant
  LAD Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
  LAP Laparoscopy
  LH Luteinizing Hormone
  LIT Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
  LMP Last Menstrual Period (start date)
  LOL Laughing Out Loud
  LP Luteal-Phase
  LPD Luteal-Phase Defect
  LSP Low Sperm Count
  LUF, LUFS Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome
  MESA Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
  MF Male Factor
  MTHFR Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is a genetic mutation that can affect fertility
  M/C Miscarriage
  NFB Natural Fertility Breakthrough (Brand Name)
  NFT Natural Fertility Treatment
  NT Nuchal Translucency scan
  NKC Natural Killer Cells
  OHSS Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
  OI Ovulation Induction
  OPK Ovulation Prediction Kit
  OPU Oocyte Pick-Up
  OT Ovulation Tracking
  OV Oocyte Vitrification
  OW Oocyte Warming
  PCHCP Preconception Health Care Preparation
  PCO Polycystic Ovaries
  PCOS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  PESA Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
  PGD Pre-implanatation Genetic Diagnosis
  PICSI Physiological Intracytoplasmic Sperm
  POAS Pee On A Stick
  RE Reproductive Endocrinologist
  RO Right Ovary
  SA Sperm/Semen Analysis
  SD Sperm Donor
  SIUI Stimulated IUI
  SMU Second Morning Urine
  SURR Surrogate
  TD Treatment Day
  TB Testicular Biopsy
  TESE Testicular Sperm Extraction
  TTC Trying To Conceive
  Trigger hCG shot given to induce ovulation
  TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
  WFP Wait For Period
  WIC Where In Cycle


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