WTF Do All Those Fertility Acronyms Mean?

If you’ve taken one step into the online world of fertility support and Facebook groups, you know that abbreviations abound! We pulled most of the common acronyms together into a list here for your reference.

2WW/TWW – Two Week Wait (between ovulation and BFP/AF)
ACA —– Anti-cardiolipin Antibody
ACTH — Adrenal Carticotropic Hormone
AF —– Aunt Flo, After Flo, Period, Menstrual Cycle
AH —- Assisted Hatching
AI —- Artificial/Assisted Insemination
AMA — Advanced Maternal Age
AMH — Anti-Mullerian Hormone
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
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
CVS — Chorionic Villae Sampling
D&C — Dilation & Curettage
D&E — Dilation & Evacuation
DE —- Donor Eggs
DH —- Dear Husband/Donor Husband
DHEA – Dihydroepiandrosterone
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
FAM — Fertility Awareness Method
FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions
FBG — Fasting Blood Glucose
FET — Frozen Embryo Transfer
FF —- Fertility Friend
FHR — Fetal Heart Rate
FI —– Fasting Insulin
FP —- Follicular Phase
FM —- Fertility Mucus or Fertility Monitor
FRED – Fertility Response Early Detection
Frostie – (Brand Name) 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/T – Hampster Egg Penetration Assay/Test
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)
LP —- Luteal-Phase
LPD — Luteal-Phase Defect
LSP — Low Sperm Count
LUF/LUFS — Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome
MC —- Miscarriage
MMC — Missed Miscarriage
MF/MFI – Male Factor Infertility
NK — Natural Killer Cells
OCP – Oral Contraceptive Pill
P4 — Progesterone
PAF – Pregnancy After Infertility
PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCP – Primary Care Provider
PCT — Post-Coital Test
PESA – Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
PGS/PGD – Preimplantation Genetic Screening
PID — Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PLI — Paternal Leukocyte Immunization
POAS – Pee on a stick
POI — Progesterone in Oil
POF/POI — Premature Ovarian Failure/Insufficency
PROM — Premature Rupture of Membranes
RE — Reproductive Endocrinologist
ROS — Reactive Oxygen Species
RPL — Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
RSM — Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
SA — Semen Analysis
SART — Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
S/B — Stillbirth
SCORIF — Stimulated Cycle Oocyte Retrieval
SHG/SonoHSG – Sonohysterogram
SPA — Sperm Penetration Assay
SubQ — Subcutaneous Injection
T4 —- Thyroxine
TDI — Therapeutic Sperm Extraction
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
TW — Trigger Warning
UI — Unexplained Infertility
U/S — Ultrasound
UTI — Urinary Tract Infection
VR — Vasectomy Reversal
WBC — White Blood Cells
WNL — Within Normal Limits
ZIFT — Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer

Don’t see an acronym here that you’re curious about? Ask us in the comments!

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