The Fertility Dictionary!

The Fertility Dictionary!

If you have looked at socials or Facebook groups about fertility and IVF,  you've probably seen a LOT of acronyms! Some are easy to guess, others not so much, so we've compiled a list of the most common terms so you'll be able to navigate with ease:

2WW: Two-week wait
ART: Assisted reproductive technology (e.g., in vitro fertilization)
BBT: Basal Body Temperature
BCP: Birth Control Pills
BD: Baby Dance (sex!)
Beta/Beta hCG: hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) pregnancy test
BFN: Big Fat Negative
BFP: Big Fat Positive
CB: Cycle Buddy
CD: Cycle Day
DE: Donor Eggs
DH: Dear Husband
DI: Donor Insemination
DOR: Diminished Ovarian Reserve
DPO: Days Post-Ovulation
DPR: Days Post-Retrieval
DPT: Days Post-Transfer
DW: Dear Wife
Dx: Diagnosis
ENDO: Endometriosis
EPT: Early Pregnancy Test
ER: Egg Retrieval
ET: Embryo Transfer
FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer
FF: Fertility Friend
FHR: Fetal Heart Rate
Frostie: Frozen Embryo
FSH: Follicle-Stimulating Hormone
FTTA: Fertile Thoughts to All
HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hormone detected by pregnancy tests)
HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
HyCoSy: Hystero-salpingo contrast sonography (an ultrasound procedure to assess whether fallopian tubes are open or blocked)
HX: History
ICSI: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IF: Infertility
IR: Insulin Resistant
IVF: In Vitro Fertilization
IUI: Intrauterine Insemination
LAP: Laparoscopy
LH: Luteinising Hormone
LMP: Last Menstrual Period (start date)
LSP: Low Sperm Count
MAI: Miscarriage After Infertility
MC, m/c, misc.: Miscarriage
MF: Male factor
O, OV: Ovulation
OB, OB/GYN: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
OC: Oral Contraceptives
OPU: Oocyte pick up, e
OPK/OPT: Ovulation Predictor Kit, Ovulation Predictor Test
OTC: Over-the-Counter
PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PG: Pregnant
PGD/PGS/PGT: Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis, Pre-implantation Genetic Screening, Pre-implantation Genetic Testing
PI: Primary Infertility
PIO: Progesterone in Oil injection
PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
POAS: Pee on a Stick
POF: Premature Ovarian Failure
POI: Primary Ovarian Insufficiency
PUPO: Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise
RE/REI: Reproductive Endocrinologist
RM/PL: Recurrent Miscarriage/Pregnancy Loss
SA: Semen Analysis
SI: Secondary Infertility
STD: Sexually Transmitted Disease
TL/TR: Tubal Ligation, Tubal Reversal
TTC: Trying To Conceive
TTCAR: Trying to Conceive After Reversal
TVOR: Transvaginal Oocyte Retrieval
TWW: Two-week wait
TX: Treatment
US: Ultrasound
V/VR: Vasectomy, Vasectomy Reversal


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