The ABCs of Infertility Acronyms and Abbreviations

Lets face it, if you’ve dealing with infertility there is no shortage of communities, advice, blogs and articles out there to help you out. But there’s a big problem with these resources, the abbreviations and acronyms. Simply said, there are a shit ton of them. Some of them you can figure out, others have left my wife and I spitballing at each other for a few minutes before we simply google it.

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So, below is what I consider to be a pretty comprehensive list of infertility abbreviations and acronyms from Resolve.org. My hope is that you’ll never have to stop reading my writing or anyone else’s writings because of an abbreviation you don’t know.

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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)
 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
 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
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