Infertility Acronyms

We know that when navigating infertility you will come across many acronyms that are foreign to you. Don’t get overwhelmed. Here is a guide to help you through it all.

ACA Anti-cardiolipin Antibody
ACTH Adrenal Corticotropic 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 Thromboplastin 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, a reference to having intercourse during your most fertile days
Beta Pregnancy test that measures HCG hormone levels
BFN Big Fat Negative (Pregnancy Test)
BFP Big Fat Positive (Pregnancy Test)
BW Bloodwork
CASA Computer-assisted Semen Analysis
CB Cycle Buddy, someone who either started the cycle, ovulated, or is planning to take a pregnancy test around the same time as you.
CBAVD Congenital Bilateral Absence of Vas Deferens
CCCT, CCT Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge Test)
CD Cycle Day, a reference to the days of a treatment cycle or any menstrual cycle when trying to conceive
CL Cover Line, refers to a line drawn on a body basal temperature chart. Temperatures “above the cover line” occur after ovulation.
CM Cervical Mucus
CMV Cytomegalovirus
CNM Certified Nurse Midwife
COH Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
CP Cervical Position
CY# Cycle Number, since TTC or since starting a treatment.
CVS Chorionic Villus Sampling
D&C Dilation & Curettage
D&E Dilation & Evacuation
DE Donor Eggs
DES Diethylstillbestrol
DHEAS Dihydroepiandrosterone
DI Donor Insemination, as you would have with IUI along with a sperm donor
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
E2 Estradiol
EB, EMBEDD Endometrial BiopsyEstimated Due Date
ENDO Endometriosis
EPT Early Pregnancy Test
ER Egg Retrieval
ET Egg Transfer
ETA Embryo Toxicity Assay
ETF Embryo Toxicity Factor
EWCM Egg White Cervical Mucus, or the most fertile kind of cervical mucus
FBG Fasting Blood Glucose
FE Frozen Embryo
FET Frozen Embryo Transfer, referring to an IVF cycle using previously frozen embryos that have been thawed and then transferred
FI Fasting Insulin
FF Fertility Friend,
FHR Fetal Heart Rate
FP Follicular Phase
FM Fertility Mucus or Fertility Monitor
FMU : First Morning Urine
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
GS Gestational Surrogate
GTT Glucose Tolerance Test
hCG, HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
hMG, HMG Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
HOM Higher Order Multiples (a pregnancy with three or more babies)
HPT Home Pregnancy Test
HRT Hormone Replacement Therapy
HSC Hysteroscopy
HSG Hysterosalpingogram
HX History
IBT Immunobead Binding Test
ICI Intra-cervical Insemination
ICSI Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IF or IFer 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 Restriction
IUI Intra-uterine Insemination
IVC Intra-vaginal Culture
IVF/ET In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
IVF/IVF-DE In Vitro Fertilization/IVF with Donor Eggs
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
M/C. Miscarriage
MESA Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
MF Male Factor
NORIF Non-stimulated Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fertilization
NSA Non-Surgical Sperm Aspiration
O, OV Ovulation
OC Oral Contraceptives
OD Ovum Donor, Ovulatory Dysfunction
OHSS Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
OPK or OPT Ovulation Predictor Kit or Test
OTC Over the Counter
P4. Prog Progesterone
PAI-1 Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1
PAF Pregnancy After Infertility
PCO Polycystic Ovaries
PCOD Polycystic Ovarian Disease
PCOS Polycystic 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 Inflammatory Disease
PIO Progesterone In Oil
PLI Paternal Leukocyte Immunization
PMN Perinatal Mortality
PNV Prenatal Vitamin
POAS Pee On A Stick (home pregnancy test)
POC Products of Conception
POF Premature Ovarian Failure
POI Primary Ovarian Insufficiency
PROM Premature Rupture of Membranes
PZD Partial Zona Dissection
RE Reproductive Endocrinologist
R-hFSH Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone
RI Reproductive Immunologist
RIP Reproductive Immunophenotype
RPL Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
RSM Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
RX Prescription
SA Semen Analysis
SART Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
SB Stillborn
SCORIF Stimulated Cycle Oocyte Retrieval
SHG, SonoHSG Sonohysterogram
SI Secondary Infertility
SM Surrogate Mother
SP Sperm Count
SPA Sperm Penetration Assay
SPALS Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support
STD Sexually Transmitted Disease
STIMS Stimulating Hormones (usually referring to injectable fertility drugs)
SubQ Subcutaneous Injection
SUZI Sub-zonal Insertion
T1 Type 1 Diabetic – Juvenile Diabetes
T2 Type 2 Diabetic – Insulin Resistant, Adult Onset
T4 Thyroxine (Thyroid Hormone)
TEBG Testosterone-Estradiol Binding Globulin
TDI Therapeutic Donor Insemination
TESA Testicular Sperm Aspiration
TESE Testicular Sperm Extraction
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/TTCAR Trying To Conceive/ Trying to Conceive After Reversal
TWW/2WW Two Week Wait
TX Treatment
US Ultrasound
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
V Vasectomy
VR Vasectomy Reversal
WNL Within Normal Limits
ZIFT Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer