Medical Acronyms and Abbreviations Related to Fertility

Some people like fertility abbreviations because they make a very personal, heavy topic a touch easier to discuss. For some, it is just easier to say BD (baby dance) or AF (Aunt Flo). On top of forum-lingo, there is often medical information that is relevant to these online conversations, making acronyms really convenient. Embracing medical acronyms can also be useful as they are likely to be used during your consultations with medical professionals.

If you are new to the TTC community or have recently decided that IVF is right for you, keep in mind that most people needed to look up these terms up at one point. Here is a list that you can use as a reference during your fertility journey.

Infertility Abbreviations and Acronyms

2WW - Two-week wait

AF - Aunt Flo

AFC - Antral follicle count

AI - Artificial insemination

AMA - Advanced maternal age

AMH - Anti-mullerian hormone

ART - Assisted reproductive technology

BBT - Basal body temperature

BD - Baby dance

Beta - Beta hCG test

BFP - Big fat negative

BFP - Big fat positive

CCS - Comprehensive chromosomal screening

CD - Cycle day

CM - Cervical mucus

D&C - Dilation & curettage

D&E - Dilation & evacuation

DE - Donor eggs

DP3DT - Days Post 3-day transfer

DP5DT - Days post 5-day transfer

DPO - Days Post Ovulation

DPR - Days Post Retrieval

DPT - Days Post Transfer

Embaby - Embryo

ET - Embryo transfer

FET - Frozen embryo transfer

FSH - Follicle-stimulating hormone

FTTA - Fertile thoughts to all

GnRH - Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone

hCG - Human chorionic gonadotropin

HPT - Home pregnancy test

HSG - HysterosalpingogramI

CSI - Intracytoplasmic sperm injection

IUI - Intrauterine insemination

IVF - In vitro fertilization

LH - Luteinizing hormone

LMP - Last menstrual period

MTFHR - Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase

NK - Natural killer cells

OAT - Oligoasthenoteratozoospermia

OHSS - Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)

OPK - Ovulation predictor kit

PGD - Preimplantation genetic diagnosis

PGS - Preimplantation genetic screening

PIO - Progesterone in oil

POAS - Pee on a stick

POF - Premature ovarian failure

PUPO - Pregnant until proven otherwise

RE - Reproductive endocrinologist

RPL - Recurrent pregnancy loss

SCH - Subchorionic hemorrhage

SET - Single embryo transfer

TTC - Trying to conceive

TVUS - Transvaginal ultrasound

*You can find this list and more interesting articles on Fertility Smarts (dot) com .

Michael Hickey