Acronyms For Daaaays: What Do All of Those Fertility Abbreviations Mean?

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Acronyms For Daaaays: What Do All of Those Fertility Abbreviations Mean?

Joining the fertility community is uplifting and insightful. There are so many great social groups where you can connect and share with women like you. But at the same time, with all of the acronyms and abbreviations woven in, deciphering posts can be like learning a new language. But behold! Below I provide you with the Rosetta Stone for fertility acronyms. If you know of any others please comment below and I will add!
2WW: 2 Week Wait, Two week wait, usually referring to the waiting period between a trigger shot/IVF implantation and when the doctor tests for pregnancy.

ACA: Anti-cardiolipin Antibody
ACTH: Adrenal Carticotropic Hormone
AF: Aunt Flo, referring to your period

AH: Assisted Hatching

AI: Artificial/Assisted Insemination
ANA: Anti-nuclear Antibodies
APA: Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
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, referring to sex

Beta: HCG pregnancy test
BFN: Big Fat Negative
BFP: Big Fat Positive
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)
CD: Cycle Day
CF: Cystic Fibrosis
CM: Cervical Mucus
CNM: Certified Nurse Midwife
COH: Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
CP: Cervical Position
CVS: Chorionic Villae Sampling
D&C: Dilation & Curettage
D&E: Dilation & Evacuation
DE: Donor Eggs
DES: Diethylstillbestrol

DH: Dear Husband

DHEAS: Dihydroepiandrosterone
DI: Donor Insemination
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
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
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
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
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
LSP: Low Sperm Count
LUF, LUFS: Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome
MAI: Miscarriage after Infertility
MC, m/c, misc: Miscarriage
MENTS: Subject Matter May Be Difficult to Read
MESA: Microsurgical Epidiymal Sperm Aspiration
MF: Male Factor
MMR: Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
NK: Natural Killer Cells
NORIF: Non-stimulated Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fertilization
NP: Nurse Practitioner
NSA: Non-Surgical Sperm Aspiration
O, OV: Ovulation
OB: Obstetrician
OB/GYN: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
OC: Oral Contraceptives
OD: Ovum Donor, Ovulatory Dysfunction
OHSS: Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
OPK: Ovulation Predictor Kit
OPT: Ovulation Predictor Test
OTC: Over the Counter
P4: Prog Progesterone
PA: Physician’s Assistant
PAF, PANFERT: Pregnancy After Infertility
PCO: Polycistic Ovaries
PCOD: Polycistic Ovarian Disease
PCOS: Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome
PCP: Primary Care Physician
PCT: Post Coital Test
PG: Pregnant
PGD: Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
PI: Primary Infertility
PID: Pelvic Inflamatory Disease
PIO: Progesterone In Oil
PLI: Paternal Leukocyte Immunization
PMS: Pre-menstrual Syndrome
POAS: Pee On A Stick
POF: Premature Ovarian Failure
PROM: Premature Rupture of Membranes
PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PZD: Partial Zona Dissection
RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist
R-hFSH: Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone
RI: Reproductive Immunologist
RIP: Reproductive Immunophynotype
ROS: Reactive Oxygen Species
RPL: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
RSM: Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
RX: Prescription
SA: Semen Analysis
SART: Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
s/b, S/B: Stillbirth
SCORIF: Stimulated Cycle Oocyte Retrieval
SHG, SonoHSG: Sonohysterogram
SI: Secondary Infertility
SLE: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
SPA: Sperm Penetration Assay
SPALS: Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support
S/S: Signs/Symptoms
STD: Sexually Transmitted Disease
SubQ: Subcutaneous Injection
SUZI: Sub-zonal Insertion
T1: Type 1 Diabetic – Juvenile Diabetes
T2: Type 2 Diabetic – Insulin Resistant, Adult Onset
T4: Thyroxine
TEBG: Testosterone-Estradiol Binding Globulin
TDI: Therapeutic Donor Insemination
TDI: Therapeutic Sperm Extraction
TET: Tubal Embryo Transfer
TL: Tubal Ligation
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
TX: Treatment
TZD: Thiazolidinediones
UR: Urologist
US: Ultrasound
V: Vasectomy
VR: Vasectomy Reversal
WBC: White Blood Count
WHR: Waist to Hip Ratio
WNL: Within Normal Limits
ZIFT: Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer


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