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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

2WW2 Week Wait
 ACAAnti-cardiolipin Antibody
 ACTHAdrenal Carticotropic Hormone
 AFAunt Flo, After Flo, Period, or Menstrual Cycle
 AHAssisted Hatching
 AIArtificial/Assisted Insemination
 ADAAnti-DNA antibodies
 ANAAnti-nuclear Antibodies
 APAAnti-phospholipid Antibodies
 APSAnti-Phospholipid Syndrome
 APTTActivated Partial Thrombo Time
 ARTAssisted Reproductive Technology
 ASAAnti-sperm Antibody
 ASRMAmerican Society of Reproductive Medicine
 BABaby Aspirin
 BBTBasal Body Temperature
 BCPBirth Control Pills
 BDBaby Dance (sex)
 BetaHCG pregnancy test
 BFNBig Fat Negative
 B/W, b/wBloodwork
 CAHCongenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
 CASAComputer-assisted Semen Analysis
 CBCycle Buddy
 CBAVDCongenital Bilateral Absence of Vas Deferens
 CCCT, CCTClomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge Test)
 CGTCouple Genetic Testing
 CDCycle Day
 CFCystic Fibrosis
 CMCervical Mucus
 CNMCertified Nurse Midwife
 COHControlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
 CPCervical Position
 CPFMClearPlan Fertility Monitor (Brand Name)
 CVSChorionic Villae Sampling
 D&CDilation & Curettage
 D&EDilation & Evacuation
 DEDonor Eggs
 DHDear Husband
 DIDonor Husband
 DIPIDirect Intra-peritoneal Insemination
 DORDiminished Ovarian Reserve
 DPODays Post-Ovulation
 DPRDays Post-Retrieval
 DPTDays Post-Transfer
 DP3DTDays Post 3-Day Transfer
 DP5DTDays Post 5-Day Transfer
 DWDear Wife
 EB, EMBEndometrial Biopsy
 EPTEarly Pregnancy Test
 EREgg Retrieval
 ETEgg Transfer
 ETAEmbryo Toxicity Assay
 ETFEmbryo Toxicity Factor
 FAQFrequently Asked Questions
 FBGFasting Blood Glucose
 FIFasting Insulin
 FFFertility Friend
 FHRFetal Heart Rate
 FPFollicular Phase
 FMFertility Mucus or Fertility Monitor
 FREDFertility Response Early Detection (Brand Name)
 FrostieFrozen Embryo
 FSHFollicle-Stimulating Hormone
 FTTAFertile Thoughts to All
 GDGestational Diabetes
 GIFTGamete Intrafallopian Transfer
 GnRHGonadotropin-Releasing Hormone
 GPGeneral Practitioner
 GTGenetic Testing
 GTTGlucose Tolerance Test
 hCG, HCGHuman Chorionic Gonadotropin
 hMG, HMGHuman Menopausal Gonadotropin
 HCPHealth Care Practitioner
 HEPAHampster Egg Penetration Assay
 HPTHome Pregnancy Test
 HRTHormone Replacement Therapy
 IBTImmunobead Binding Test
 ICIIntra-cervical Insemination
 ICSIIntra-cytoplamic Sperm Injection
 IGTTInsulin and Glucose Tolerance Test
 INCIIDInternational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
 IMIntramuscular injections
 IORImmature Oocyte Retrieval
 IRInsulin Resistant
 ITIIntra-tubal Insemination
 IUGRIntra-uterine Growth Retardation
 IUIIntra-uterine Insemination
 IVCIntra-vaginal Culture
 IVF/ETIn Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
 IVFIn Vitro Fertilization
 IVIgIntravenous Immunoglobulin
 LALupus anticoagulant
 LADLeukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
 LHLuteinizing Hormone
 LITLeukocyte Immunization Therapy
 LMPLast Menstrual Period (start date)
 LOLLaughing Out Loud
 LPDLuteal-Phase Defect
 LSPLow Sperm Count
 LUF, LUFSLuteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome
 MESAMicrosurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
 MFMale Factor
 MTHFRMethylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is a genetic mutation that can affect fertility
 NFBNatural Fertility Breakthrough (Brand Name)
 NFTNatural Fertility Treatment
 NTNuchal Translucency scan
 NKCNatural Killer Cells
 OHSSOvarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
 OIOvulation Induction
 OPKOvulation Prediction Kit
 OPUOocyte Pick-Up
 OTOvulation Tracking
 OVOocyte Vitrification
 OWOocyte Warming
 PCHCPPreconception Health Care Preparation
 PCOPolycystic Ovaries
 PCOSPolycystic Ovarian Syndrome
 PESAPercutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
 PGDPre-implanatation Genetic Diagnosis
 PICSIPhysiological Intracytoplasmic Sperm
 POASPee On A Stick
 REReproductive Endocrinologist
 RORight Ovary
 SASperm/Semen Analysis
 SDSperm Donor
 SIUIStimulated IUI
 SMUSecond Morning Urine
 TDTreatment Day
 TBTesticular Biopsy
 TESETesticular Sperm Extraction
 TTCTrying To Conceive
 TriggerhCG shot given to induce ovulation
 TSHThyroid Stimulating Hormone
 WFPWait For Period
 WICWhere In Cycle


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