Acronyms

Infertility and treatments are difficult enough to comprehend, don’t let the abbreviated lingo hold you up too 😉


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  

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 (sex)  

Beta HCG pregnancy test  

BFN Big Fat Negative  

BFP Big Fat Positive  

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)

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  

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)  

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  

PAI-1 Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1

PAF, PANFERT Pregnancy After Infertility

PCO Polycistic Ovaries  

PCOD Polycistic Ovarian Disease  

PCOS Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome  

PCP Primary Care Physician  

PCT Post Coital Test  

PESA Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration  

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  

PMN Perinatal Mortality  

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  

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  

TESA Testicular Sperm Aspiration  

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  

UTI Urinary Tract Infection  

V Vasectomy

VR Vasectomy Reversal  

WBC White Blood Count  

WHR Waist to Hip Ratio  

WNL Within Normal Limits  

ZIFT Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer