Fertility Acronyms, Abbreviations and Slang

Nov 18 2010 in Trying to Conceive by Nancy

I’ve been immersed in the fertility world since 1997. Some of these go way, way back. AF, DH, MD, CD.

Sometimes I think we IFers were the founders of those wonderful abbreviations so commonly used on text messages today. You know….TY instead of thank you. LOL instead of laugh out loud (or lot’s of love)

I thought I would put them all here in one spot as a point of reference and if I have missed any, please feel free to comment with them.

2WW: two-week wait; the time between ovulation and period
47XXY: Klinefelter’s Syndrome

- A -
ACA: Anti-cardiolipin Antibodies
AF: Aunt Flo (menstruation)
AH, AZH: Assisted Hatching
AHI: At-home Insemination
AI: Artificial Insemination
AIH: Artificial Insemination from Husband
ANA: Anti-nuclear Antibodies
AO: Anovulation
AOA, AVA: Anti-ovarian Antibody
APA: Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology
ASA: Anti-sperm Antibody
ASRM: American Society of Reproductive Medicine
ATA: Anti-thyroid Antibody
AWOL: A Woman On Lupron

- B -
BA: Baby Aspirin
BBT: Basal Body Temperature
BCP: Birth Control Pills
BD: Baby Dance (sex)
BFN: Big fat negative on a pregnancy test
BFP: Big fat positive on a pregnancy test
BG: Blood Glucose
BMS: Baby-making Sex
BW, b/w: Bloodwork

- C -
C#: Cycle Number
CB: Cycle Buddy
CCCT, CCT: Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge Test)
CD: Cycle day
CF: Cervical Fluid
CM: Cervical Mucus
CNM: Certified Nurse Midwife
COH: Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
COW: Curse of Womanhood (menstruation)
CP: Cervical Position
CBFM: ClearBlue Fertility Monitor

- D -
D&C: Dilation & Curettage
D&E: Dilation & Evacuation
DD: Dear Daughter, Darling Daughter
DE: Donor Eggs
DES: Diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen)
DH: Dear Husband, Darling Husband, Damn Husband (depending on your mood)
DI: Donor Insemination
DIPI: Direct Intra-peritoneal Insemination
DOR: Diminished Ovarian Reserve
DOST: Direct Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
DP: Dear Partner, Darling Partner
DP3DT: Days Post 3-Day Transfer
DPIUI: days past IUI
DPO: days past ovulation
DPR: Days Post-Retrieval
DPT: Days Post-Transfer
DS: Dear Son, Darling Son
Dx: Diagnosis

- E -
E2: Estradiol
EB, EMB: Endometrial Biopsy
EDD: Estimated Due Date
ENDO: Endometriosis
EPO: Evening Primrose Oil
EPT: Early Pregnancy Test
ET: Embryo Transfer
ETA: Embryo Toxicity Assay
ETF: Embryo Toxic Factor
EW, EWCM: Eggwhite Cervical Mucus

- F -
FBG: Fasting Blood Glucose
FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer
FF: Fertility Friend or Fat Friendly
FHR: Fetal Heart Rate
FI: Fasting Insulin
FM: Fertile Mucus or Fertility Monitor
FP: Follicular Phase
FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone
FTTA: Fertile Thoughts To All
FV: Fertile Vibes

- G -
GD: Gestational Diabetes
GI: Gastrointestinal
GIFT: Gamete Intra-fallopian Transfer
GnRH: Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
GP: General Practitioner
GTT: Glucose Tolerance Test

- H -
hCG, HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
HCP: Health Care Practitioner
HEPA: Hamster Egg Penetration Assay
hMG, HMG: Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
HRT: Hormone Replacement Therapy
HSC: Hysteroscopy
HSG: Hysterosalpingogram

- I -
IBT: Immunobead Binding Test
ICI: Intra-cervical Insemination
ICSI: Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IF: infertility
IGTT: Insulin and Glucose Tolerance Test
IM: Intra-muscular (WRT injections)
IOR: Immature Oocyte Retrieval
IPS: imaginary pregnancy symptoms
IR: Insulin Resistant
ITI: Intra-tubal Insemination
IUFD: Intra-uterine Fetal Demise
IUI: Intra-uterine Insemination
IVC: Intra-vaginal Culture
IVF: In Vitro Fertilization
IVIg: Intravenous Immunoglobulin

- L -
LAD: Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
LAP: Laparoscopy
LH: Luteinizing Hormone
LIT: Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
LMP: Last Menstrual Period (start date)
LO: Love Olympics (sex)
LP: Luteal Phase
LPD: Luteal Phase Defect
LSP: Low Sperm Count
LUF, LUFS: Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome

- M -
MC, m/c, misc.: Miscarriage
MESA: Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
MF: Male Factor
MIFT: Micro Injection Fallopian Transfer
MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

- N -
NEST: Non-surgical Embryonic Selective Thinning
NK: Natural Killer Cells (CD56+)
NORIF: Non-stimulated Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fertilization
NP: Nurse Practitioner
NSA: Non-surgical Sperm Aspiration

- O -
O, OV: Ovulation
OB/GYN: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
OB: Obstetrician
OC: Oral Contraceptives
OD: Ovulatory Dysfunction
OHSS: Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit
OPT: Ovulation Predictor Test
OTC: Over The Counter
OW: Overweight

- P -
P4: Progesterone
PA: Physician’s Assistant
PCAO= Polycystic Appearing Ovaries
PCO: Polycystic Ovaries
PCOD: Polycystic Ovary Disease
PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCP: Primary Care Physician
PCT: Post Coital Test
PG: Pregnant
PGD: Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
PI: Primary Infertility
PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PIO: Progesterone in Oil
PMS: Pre-menstrual Syndrome
PNM: Perinatal Mortality
POF: Premature Ovarian Failure
PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PZD: Partial Zona Dissection

- R -
RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist
R-FSH, R-hFSH: Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone
RI: Reproductive Immunologist
RIP: Reproductive Immunophynotype
RPL: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
RSA: Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
Rx: Prescription

- S -
s/b, S/B: Stillbirth
SA: Semen Analysis
SART: Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology
SB: SugarBusters diet
SCORIF: Stimulated Cycle Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fertilization
SHG, SonoHSG: Sonohysterogram
SI: Secondary Infertility
SIS: Saline Injection Sonogram
SLE: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
SPA: Sperm Penetration Assay
SPALS: Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support (mail list)
STD: Sexually Transmitted Disease
SUZI: Sub-zonal Insertion

- T -
T1: Type I Diabetic — Juvenile Diabete
T2: Type II Diabetic — Insulin Resistant, Adult Onset
TEBG: Testosterone-Estradiol Binding Globulin
TESA: Testicular Sperm Aspiration
TESE: Testicular Sperm Extraction
TET: Tubal Embryo Transfer
TL: Tubal Ligation
TNF: Tumor Necrosis Factor
TORCH: Toxoplasmosis, Other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus & Herpes test
TR: Tubal Reversal
TRH: Thyroid Releasing Hormone
TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
TTC: Trying to Conceive
TTCAR: Trying to Conceive after Reversal
TTCYFC: trying to conceive your first child; message board I’m a regular on
TUFT: Trans-uterine Fallopian Transfer
Tx: Treatment
TZD: Thiazolidinediones

- U -
UR: Urologist
US, u/s: Ultrasound
UTI: Urinary Tract Infection

- V -
V: Vasectomy
VR: Vasectomy Reversal
WBC: White Blood Cells

- W -
WNL: Within Normal Limits

- Z -
ZIFT: Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer

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