We really try to keep medical jargon to a minimum.

Pretty soon, though, the forums and facebook groups and help-groups etc are likely to be your second home, if they’re not already.

And there is such a massive list of acronyms that everyone is using , trying to figure out what it all means can really add to your already high stress-levels.

We don’t pretend that this list is in any way definitive; after all, language and medicine both evolve at such speed it can make you quite dizzy.

Nonetheless, there’s a good chance that the fertility abbreviation you are looking for is here!

Don’t worry, soon enough, all this will probably become your second language 😉

2WW = 2-Week Wait
ABF = Adoptive Breastfeeding
ACA = Anti-cardiolipin Antibody
ACTH = Adrenal Carticotropic Hormone
AF = Aunt Flo or Menstrual cycle
AH = Assisted Hatching
AI = Artificial Insemination
AMA = Advanced Maternal Age
ANA = Anti-nuclear Antibodies
AO = Anovulation
APA = Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
APs = Adoptive Parents
APTT = Activated Partial Thrombo Time
ART = Assisted Reproductive Technology
ASA = Anti-sperm Antibody
ASRM = American Society of Reproductive Medicine
AZO or AZOO = Azoospermia
BBT = Basal Body Temperature
BC = Birth Control
BCP = Birth Control Pills
BD = Baby Dance (sex for the purpose of conception)
BDAD = Birth Dad (adoption related)
BFN = Big Fat Negative
BFP = Big Fat Positive
BH = Braxton Hicks Contractions
BMS = Baby making Sex
BW = Blood Work
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, Calender Day
CF = Cervical Fluid
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
DEIVF = Donor Egg In Vitro Fertilization
DES = Diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen)
DHEAS = Dihydroepiandrosterone
DI = Donor Insemination
DIPI = Direct Intra-peritoneal Insemination
DIUI = Donor Intrauterine Insemination
DOR = Diminished Ovarian Reserve
DOST = Direct Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
DPR = Days Post-Retrieval
DPT = Days Post-Transfer
Dx = Diagnosis
E2 = Estradiol
EB = Embryo Banking, Endometrial Biopsy
EBM = Expressed Breastmilk
ED = Egg Donor
ENDO = Endometriosis
EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
ER = Egg Retrieval
ET = Embryo Transfer, Egg Transfer
ETA = Embryo Toxicity Assay
ETF = Embryo Toxicity Factor
EWCM = Egg White Cervical Mucus
FAM = Fertility Awareness Method
FBG = Fasting Blood Glucose
FE = Frozen Embryo
FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
FF = Fertility Friend
FHR = Fetal Heart Rate
FI = Fasting Insulin
FM = Fertility Mucus or Fertility Monitor
FMP = First Morning Pee
FMU = First Morning Urine
FP = Follicular Phase
FRED = First Response Early Detection
FSH = Follicle-Stimulating Hormone
GC = Gestational Carrier
GD = Gestational Diabetes
GIFT = Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
GnRH = Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone
GP = General Practitioner
GS = Gestational Surrogate
GTT = Glucose Tolerance Test
HBC = Hormonal Birth Control
HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
hMG, HMG = Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
HOM = High Order Multiples
HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
HRT = Hormone Replacement Therapy
HSC = Hysteroscopy
HSG = Hysterosalpingogram
HX = History
HY = Hysteroscopy
HYP = hyperstimulation
IC = Incompetent Cervix
ICI = Intra-cervical Insemination
ICPC Interstate Compact
ICSI = Intra-cytoplamic Sperm Injection
IF = Infertility
IF = Intended Father
IM = Intended Mother
IM = Intramuscular injections
IOR = Immature Oocyte Retrieval
IP’s = Intended Parents
IR = Insulin Resistant
IUGR = Intra-uterine Growth Retardation
IUI = Intrauterine Insemination
IVC = Intra-vaginal Culture
IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
IVF/ET = In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
IVIg = Intravenous Immunoglobulin
LAC = Licensed Acupuncturist
LAP = Laparoscopy
LH = Luteinizing Hormone
LMP = Last Menstrual Period (start date)
LP = Luteal-Phase
LPD = Luteal-Phase Defect
LSP = Low Sperm Count
LUF, LUFS = Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome
MC, m/c = Miscarriage
MESA = Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
Met = Metformin
Met Gut = Metformin Gut (gastrointestinal side effects associated with Metformin)
MF = Male Factor
NK = Natural Killer Cells
O = Ovulation
OB = Obstetrician
OCP = Oral Contraceptive Pill
OD = Ovulatory Dysfunction
OHSS = Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
OPK = Ovulation Predictor Kit
OPT = Ovulation Predictor Test
OV = Ovulated
P4 = Progesterone
PA = Pelvic Adhesions
PCO = Polycystic Ovary Disease
PCOS = Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCT = Post Coital Test
PE = Pre-Eclampsia
PET = Post-embryo transfer
PG = Pregnant
PGD = Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
PID = Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PIO = Progesterone In Oil
PIP’s = Previous Intended Parents
PLT = Pre-term Labor
PMS = Pre-menstrual Syndrome
POAS = Pee On A Stick (Home Pregnancy Test)
POF = Premature Ovarian Failure
POI = Primary Ovarian Insufficiency
Prog = Progesterone
PUPO = Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise
RE = Reproductive Endocrinologist
RPL = Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
S/B = Stillbirth or Stillborn
S/S = Signs/Symptoms
SA = Semen Analysis
SC = Subcutaneous Injections
SCH = SubChorionic Hemorrhage
SI = Secondary Infertility
SIS = Sister in surrogacy
SM = Surrogate Mother
SP = Sperm Count
STD = Sexually Transmitted Disease
Stimming = using drugs to stimulate the ovaries
Stims = stimulation drugs
SubQ = Subcutaneous injection
T3 = Triiodothyronine
T4 = Thyroxine
TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine
TET = Tubal Embryo Transfer
TS = Traditional Surrogate
TSH = Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
TTC = Trying to Conceive
TVA = Trans-vaginal Aspiration
TX = Treatment
UI or Unexplained IF = Unexplained Infertility
UR = Urologist
US = Ultra Sound
ZIFT = Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer

Did you spot one we missed out? Let us know!

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(By the way, I can’t pretend this list is all our own work – it’s with massive thanks to www.anufertility.comsandiegofertility.orgwww.resolve.org, & infertility.answers.com that we’ve compiled this new Mega-List…)

Phew, I’m now going for a lie down…