Fertility Abbreviations

When you are in the middle of a struggle to have a baby you can find yourself reading lots of forums, blogs, medical websites, and articles from all over the world. Often there are abbreviations or acronyms that may not be familiar to you. When you are TTC (trying to conceive) it's like you need to learn a whole new language!

Here is a list of the most common ones, what they stand for, and what they mean.


Abbreviation Definition Meaning
2WW Two Week Wait The period of time between fertility treatment and a pregnancy test
AF Aunt Flo An innocent sounding way to refer to a menstrual period
AI Artificial Insemination A procedure to inject semen to the vagina or uterus
ART Assisted Reproductive Technology A blanket term to cover all medically assisted reproductive method
ASAB Antisperm Antibodies Sperm fighting antibodies made by the immune system that damage or kill sperm
BA Baby Aspirin Low dose aspirin that can help with thinning blood and reducing inflammation
Babydust Best Wishes Cute way of wishing that someone gets pregnant
BBT Basel Body Temperature your body's temperature when it is fully at rest. It is a way to chart your ovulation and possible pregnancy
BCP Birth Control Pill Part of my IVF cycles to control your cycle and prepare your body for IVF
BD Baby Dance Sexual intercourse with the aim of getting pregnant
BETA Quantitative Serial Beta-hCG Test Blood test the measures the pregnancy hormone offering proof of pregnancy
BFN Big Fat Negative A negative pregnancy test
BFP Big Fat Positive A positive pregnancy test
Blast Blastocyst A fully developed embryo, usually day 5
BW Blood Work A big part of fertility treatment
C# Cycle Number A way of keeping track of how many cycles of fertility treatment
CM Cervical Mucus Fluid produced by the cervix that can give clues about your fertility at any given time
CP Cervical Positioning The position and texture of the cervix that changes during your cycle
D&C Dilation & Curettage Removal of a fetus e.g. due to missed miscarriage
DD Dear Daughter
DH Dear Husband
DPO Days Post Ovulation
DPR Days Post Retrieval
DPT Days Post Transfer
DS Dear Son
DW Dear Wife
DX Diagnosis
E2 Estradiol also spelled oestradiol, is an estrogen steroid hormone and the major female sex hormone
EDD Estimated Due Date
Embies Embryos Fertilized eggs
Endo Endometriosis disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, the endometrium, grows outside the uterus
EPO Evening Primrose Oil a supplement which may help with maintaining hormone balance
EPT Early Pregnancy Test
ER Egg Retrieval Surgical removal of eggs during an IVF cycle
ET Embryo Transfer The final stage of and IVF when the fertilized eggs are placed into the uterus
EWCM Egg White Cervical Mucus fertile cervical mucus during maximum fertility and that is stretchy like raw egg
FET Frozen Embryo Transfer
FF Fertility Friend Someone going through fertility treatment at the same time you are
FHR Fetal Heart Rate
FP Follicular Phase The first part of the menstrual cycle in which the follicles in the ovary mature and it ends with ovulation
FSH Follicle Stimulating Hormone Stimulates the ovaries to create follicles. The synthetic version (Gonal F) is injected daily up until ovulation
Follies Follicles The fluid filled sacs in your ovaries where your eggs grow
Frosties Frozen Embryos
GIFT Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer A tool of assisted reproductive technology in which eggs are removed from a woman's ovaries, and placed in one of the Fallopian tubes, along with the man's sperm.
GNRH Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone also known as Luteinizing-hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) (responsible for the release of FSH and LH
GP General Practitioner
HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin The hormone produced by the placenta after implantation. The presence of hCG is what most pregnancy tests look for.
HPT Home Pregnancy Test
HSC Hysteroscopy A test that looks at the uterus to see if it has a normal shape and size. It can also detect fibroids, polyps, or scar tissue.
HX Medical History Usually a personal fertility history
ICI Intracervical Insemination Similar to an IUI but the sperm is placed near the cervix instead of in the uterus.
ICSI Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection A procedure in which an individual sperm is injected directly into an egg.
IF Infertility
IME In My Experience'
IMO In My Opinion
IUI Intrauterine Insemination A procedure in which sperm is placed directly into the uterus in the hopes of achieving a pregnancy
IVF In Vitro Fertilization
LAP Laparoscopy a surgical procedure in which a fiber-optic instrument is inserted through the abdominal wall to view the organs in the abdomen
LH Luteinizing Hormone A hormone that triggers ovulation
LMP Last Menstrual Period The first day of your last period
MC Miscarriage
MF Male Factor When the infertility issue is with the male partner
M/S, MS Morning Sickness
Mourla Very early stage of an embryo (~3-4 days past fertilization) before blastocyst
NK Natural Killer Cells An immune response which may be responsible for IVF failure and miscarriage
O, OV Ovulation
OB Obstruction A doctor who concentrates on pregnancy and childbirth
OB/GYN Obstetrician/Gynecologist A doctor who concentrates on women's reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbirth
OC Oral Contraception
OD Ovulatory Disorder
OHSS Ovarian Hyper stimulation Syndrome A condition in which the ovaries can become swollen and painful after fertility treatment. An embryo transfer may be cancelled if the condition is severe.
OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit
OPT Ovulation Predictor Test
OTC Over The Counter
PCP Primary Care Physician Usually an Internist or Family Doctor
PG Pregnant
PI Primary Infertility Refers to couples who have not become pregnant for the first time after 1 year of trying
PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease An infection caused when bacteria from the vagina or cervix travel to the womb, fallopian tubes, or ovaries
PNV Pre Natal Vitamins
POAS Pee on a Stick Refers to taking a home pregnancy or ovulation test
PUPO Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise A positive affirmation during the Two Week Wait
RE Reproductive Endocrinologist Fertility doctor
RPL Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Rx Prescription
SA Semen Analysis
SHG Sonohysterogram A test in which saline is injected into the cavity of the uterus in order to examine it for shape and abnormalities
SI Secondary Infertility The inability to become pregnant or to carry a baby to term after previously giving birth to a baby
SIS Saline Injection Sonogram Another term for SHG, above
SMEP Sperm Meets Egg Plan A plan to get pregnant by using ovulation awareness and times intercourse
SP Significant Other
STD Sexually Transmitted Disease
TORCH Toxoplasmosis, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, and Herpes test
TTC Trying To Conceive
TX Treatment
UR Urologist A doctor who focuses on male reproductive organs
US, U/S Ultrasound
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
V Vasectomy
VR, V/R Vasectomy Reversal
WBC White Blood Cells
ZIFT Zygote intrafallopian transfer A procedure in which a fertilized embryo is transferred into the fallopian tube instead of the uterus
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