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

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

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

LPD: Luteal-Phase Defect

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

POC: Products of Conception

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