Your guide to common fertility acronyms, abbreviations & meanings

Conceive Please Pty Ltd has compiled a list of frequently used fertility, reproductive health and pregnancy abbreviations and acronyms and their meanings that are commonly used on fertility blogs and online communities.

2WWTwo Week Wait - Before testing, but not always 2 weeks
ACAAnticardiolipin Antibodies
ACTHAdrenal Corticotropic Hormone
ADAAnti-DNA antibodies
AFAunt Flo, After Flo, Period, or Menstrual Cycle
AHAssisted Hatching
AIArtificial Insemination or Assisted Insemination
AIHArtificial Insemination from Husband
ANAAnti-nuclear Antibodies
AOA or AVAAnti-Ovarian Antibody
APAAntiphospholipid Antibodies
APSAntiphospholipid Syndrome
APTTActivated Partial Thromboplastin Time
ARTAssisted Reproductive Technology
ASAAnti-sperm Antibody
ATAAnti-thyroid Antibody
BABaby Aspirin
BBTBasal Body Temperature - Your temperature when you first wake up in the morning, or after at least three hours of uninterrupted sleep
BCPBirth Control Pills
BDBaby Dance - Have intercourse or sex for conception purposes or by extension any form of insemination
BetaHCG pregnancy test
BFBreast Feed
BFNBig Fat Negative - Pregnancy test
BFPBig Fat Positive - Pregnancy test
BGBlood Glucose
BMBreast Milk
BMSBaby-making Sex
BSEBreast Self-Exam
C#Cycle Number
CAHCongenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
CASAComputer-assisted Semen Analysis
CBCycle Buddy - A woman to share your infertility treatment cycle with. You can lean on and support each other throughout the process.
CBAVDCongenital Bilateral Absence of the Vas Deferens
CCCTClomiphene Citrate Challenge Test
CCTClomid Challenge Test
CDCycle Day
CD56+Natural Killer Cells
CFCervical Fluid - Also known as cervical mucus. It is fluid produced by your cervix as you approach ovulation due to increased estrogen
CFCystic Fibrosis
CGTCouple Genetic Testing
CHCrosshairs - The lines drawn on the chart to indicate ovulation
CLCoverline - A coverline provides you a basic chart of the natural surges and spikes in your body’s temperature in the three stages of ovulation: pre-ovulation, ovulation and post-ovulation to help you differentiate the various changes in your body as your monthly cycle progresses.
CMCervical Mucus - Also known as cervical fluid. It is fluid produced by your cervix as you approach ovulation due to increased estrogen
CNMCertified Nurse Midwife
COHControlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
COWCurse of Womanhood (menstruation)
CPCervical Position
CVSChorionic Villus Sampling
D&CDilation & Curettage
D&EDilation & Evacuation
DBDear Boyfriend
DDDear Daughter
DEDonor Eggs
DESDiethylstilbestrol - a synthetic estrogen
DFDear Fiancée/Fiancé
DHDear Husband
DHEASDehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate
DIDonor Insemination
DIPIDirect Intraperitoneal Insemination
DORDiminished Ovarian Reserve
DOSTDirect Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
DP3DTDays Post 3-Day Transfer
DP5DTDays Post 5-Day Transfer
DPODays Post-Ovulation
DPRDays Post-Retrieval
DPTDays Post-Transfer
DSDear Son
DTDDo The Deed - sex
DWDear Wife
E2Estradiol - a form of estrogen, a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries
EBEndometrial Biopsy
ECEmergency Contraception
EDDEstimated Due Date
EMBEndometrial Biopsy
EPOEvening Primrose Oil
EPTEarly Pregnancy Test
EREgg Retrieval
ETEgg Transfer
ETEmbryo Transfer
ETAEmbryo Toxicity Assay
ETFEmbryo Toxicity Factor
EWEgg White Cervical Mucus
EWCFEgg White Cervical Fluid
EWCMEgg White Cervical Mucus
FAQFrequently Asked Questions
FBGFasting Blood Glucose
FETFrozen Embryo Transfer
FFFertility Friend
FHRFetal Heart Rate
FIFasting Insulin
FMFertility Mucus
FMFertility Monitor
FMUFirst Morning Urine
FPFollicular Phase
FrostieFrozen Embryo
FSHFollicle Stimulating Hormone
FTTAFertile Thoughts to All
FURFalse Unicorn Root
FVFertile Vibes
GDGestational Diabetes
GIFTGamete Intrafallopian Transfer
GnRHGonadotropin Releasing Hormone
GPGeneral Practitioner
GTGenetic Testing
GTTGlucose Tolerance Test
HCGHuman Chorionic Gonadotropin - Hormone detected by pregnancy tests
HCMHostile Cervical Mucus
HCPHealth Care Practitioner
HEPAHamster Egg Penetration Assay
HEPTHamster Egg Penetration Test
HMGHuman Menopausal Gonadotropin
HPTHome Pregnancy Test - Measures levels of the hormone hCG which is produced in pregnancy
HRTHormone Replacement Therapy
HSGHysterosalpingogram - An x-ray examination of a woman's uterus and fallopian tubes that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material. Also called a uterosalpingography.
IBTImmunobead Binding Test
ICIIntra-Cervical Insemination
ICSIIntracytoplasmic sperm injection
IGTTInsulin and Glucose Tolerance Test
IMIntramuscular injections
INCIIDInternational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
IORImmature Oocyte Retrieval
IRInsulin Resistant
ITIIntra-tubal Insemination
IUFDIntra-uterine Fetal Demise
IUGRIntra-uterine Growth Retardation
IUIIntra-Uterine Insemination
IVCIntra-vaginal Culture
IVFIn Vitro Fertilization
IVIIntra-Vaginal Insemination
IVIgIntravenous Immunoglobulin
LALupus anticoagulant
LADLeukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
LHLuteinizing Hormone - Also known as Lutropin and sometimes Lutrophin
LITLeukocyte Immunization Therapy
LMPLast Menstrual Period - The first day of your last period
LOLove Olympics - sex
LOLLaugh Out Loud or Laughing Out Loud
LPLuteal Phase
LPDLuteal Phase Defect
LSCLow Sperm Count
LSPLow Sperm Count
LUF or LUFSLuteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome
MC, M/C or miscMiscarriage
MESAMicrosurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
MFMale Factor
MIFTMicro Injection Fallopian Transfer
MRIMagnetic Resonance Imaging
MS or M/SMorning Sickness
MTHFRMethylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is a genetic mutation that can affect fertility
NESTNon-surgical Embryonic Selective Thinning
NFTNatural Fertility Treatment
NK or NKCNatural Killer Cells
NORIFNon-stimulated Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fertilization
NPNurse Practitioner
NTNuchal Translucency scan
O, OVOvulation
OCOral Contraceptives
ODOvulatory Dysfunction
OHSSOvarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
OIOvulation Induction
OPKOvulation Prediction Kit - Measure Luteinizing Hormone, the last hormone to peak before ovulation
OPTOvulation Predictor Test
OPUOocyte Pick-Up
OTOvulation Tracking
OTCOver The Counter
OVOocyte Vitrification
OWOocyte Warming
PAPhysician's Assistant
PCAOPolycystic Appearing Ovaries
PCHCPPreconception Health Care Preparation
PCOPolycystic Ovaries
PCODPolycystic Ovary Disease
PCOSPolycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCPPrimary Care Physician
PCTPost Coital Test
PESAPercutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
PGDPre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
PIPrimary Infertility - the inability to get pregnant once
PICSIPhysiological Intracytoplasmic Sperm
PIDPelvic Inflammatory Disease
PLIPaternal Leukocyte Immunization
PMDDPremenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
PMSPremenstrual Syndrome
PMTPremenstrual Tension
PNVPrenatal Vitamin
POASPee on a Stick - Take a pregnancy test
POCProducts of Conception
POFPremature Ovarian Failure
PROMPremature Rupture of Membranes
PTSDPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder
REReproductive Endocrinologist - Fertility Specialist
R-FSH or R-hFSHRecombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone
RIReproductive Immunologist
RIPReproductive Immunophynotype
RORight Ovary
ROSReactive Oxygen Species
RPLRecurrent Pregnancy Loss
RSARecurrent Spontaneous Abortion
SASperm Analysis or Semen Analysis
SARTSociety of Assisted Reproductive Technology
SCORIFStimulated Cycle Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fertilization
SDSperm Donor
SHG or SonoHSGSonohysterogram
SISecondary Infertility - problems getting pregnant after already having one successful pregnancy.
SISSaline Injection Sonogram
SIUIStimulated IUI
SMUSecond Morning Urine
SOSignificant Other - used as a gender-neutral term for a person's partner in a relationship without disclosing or presuming anything about marital status, relationship status, or sexual orientation
SPASperm Penetration Assay
SPTSperm Penetration Test
STDSexually Transmitted Disease
SUZISub-zonal Insertion
TBTesticular Biopsy
TDTreatment Day
TEBGTestosterone-Estradiol Binding Globulin
TESATesticular Sperm Aspiration
TESETesticular Sperm Extraction
TETTubal Embryo Transfer
TLTubal Ligation
TNFTumor Necrosis Factor
TORCHToxoplasmosis, Other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus & Herpes Test
TRTubal Reversal
TRHThyroid Releasing Hormone
TriggerhCG shot given to induce ovulation
TSHThyroid Stimulating Hormone
TTCTrying to Conceive
TTCARTrying to Conceive after Reversal
TUFTTrans-uterine Fallopian Transfer
TWWTwo Week Wait
US or U/SUltrasound
UTIUrinary Tract Infection
VR or V/RVasectomy Reversal
WBCWhite Bloods Cells
WFPWait For Period
WICWhere In Cycle
YIYeast Infection
ZIFTZygote Intra-Fallopian Transfer