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IVF and Infertility Acronyms, Abbreviations and Slang

There are a lot of IVF acronyms and abbreviations online. Here's a quick list of the most common abbreviations you've been seeing.

Please note this is slang or abbreviations. As such, people use it in all sorts of ways and it's possible to misinterpret. Be careful.

2WW - 2 Week Wait
3ET - 3 Day Embryo Transfer
5DET - 5 Day Embryo Transfer
ACA - Anti-cardiolipin Antibody
ACTH - Adrenal Carticotropic Hormone
AF - Aunt Flo, After Flo, Period, or Menstrual Cycle
AH, AZH - Assisted Hatching
AHI - At-home Insemination
AI - Artificial/Assisted Insemination
AIH - Artificial Insemination from Husband
ANA - Anti-nuclear Antibodies
AO - Anovulation
AOA, AVA - Anti-ovarian Antibody
APA - Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
APTT - Activated Partial Thrombo Time
ART - Assisted Reproductive Technology
ASA - Anti-sperm Antibody
ASRM - American Society of Reproductive Medicine
AWOL - A Woman On Lupron
B/W, b/w - Bloodwork
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
BIL - Brother-in-law
C# - Cycle Number
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
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
DD - Darling / Dear Daughter
DE - Donor Eggs
DH - Darling / Dear Husband
DHEAS - Dihydroepiandrosterone
DI - Donor Insemination
DIPI - Direct Intra-peritoneal Insemination
DOR - Diminished Ovarian Reserve
DP - Darling / Dear Partner
DP3DT - Days Post 3-Day Transfer
DP5DT - Days Post 5-Day Transfer
DPC - Days Since Last Clomid pill was taken
DPO - Days Post-Ovulation
DPR - Days Post-Retrieval
DPT - Days Post-Transfer
DS - Darling / Dear Son
DW - Darling / Dear Wife
Dx - Diagnosis
E2 - Estradiol
EB, EMB - Endometrial Biopsy
EDD - Estimated Due Date
ENDO - Endometriosis
EPO - Evening Primrose Oil
EPT - Early Pregnancy Test
ER - Egg Retrieval
ET - Embryo Transfer
ETA - Embryo Toxicity Assay
ETF - Embryo Toxicity Factor
EW, EWCM - Eggwhite Cervical Mucus
FBG - Fasting Blood Glucose
FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer
FHR - Fetal Heart Rate
FI - Fasting Insulin
FIL - Father-in-law
FM - Fertility Mucus or Fertility Monitor
FP - Follicular Phase
Frostie - Frozen Embryo
FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
FTTA - Fertile Thoughts to All
FUR - False Unicorn Root
FV - Fertile Vibes
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
HCP - Health Care Practitioner
HZFO - Hamster Zona-Free Ovum Test
hMG, HMG - Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
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
IM - Intramuscular injections
INCIID - International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
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 - In Vitro Fertilization
IVF/ET - In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
IVIg - Intravenous Immunoglobulin
LAD - Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
LAP - Laparoscopy
LH - Luteinizing Hormone
LIT - Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
LMAO - Laughing My *** Off
LMP - Last Menstrual Period (start date)
LO - Love Olympics (sex)
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
MIFT - Micro Injection Fallopian Transfer
MIL - Mother in law
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
OD - 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
PAF,PANFERT - Pregnancy After Infertility
PAI-1 - Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1
PCO - Polycystic Ovaries
PCOD - Polycystic Ovary Disease
PCOS - Polycystic Ovary 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 Inflammatory Disease
PIO - Progesterone In Oil
PLI - Paternal Leukocyte Immunization
PMN - Perinatal Mortality
PMS - Pre-menstrual Syndrome
POAS - Pee On A Stick
POC - Products of Conception
POF - Premature Ovarian Failure
PROM - Premature Rupture of Membranes
PZD - Partial Zona Dissection
RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist
R-FSH, 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
s/b,S/B - Stillbirth
S/S - Signs/Symptoms
SA - Semen Analysis
SART - Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
SCORIF - Stimulated Cycle Oocyte Retrieval
SHG, SonoHSG - Sonohysterogram
SI - Secondary Infertility
SIL - Sister-in-law
SLE - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
SPA - Sperm Penetration Assay
SPALS - Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support
STD - Sexually Transmitted Disease
SubQ - Subcutaneous Injection
SUZI - Sub-zonal Insertion
T4 - Thyroxine
TDI - Therapeutic Donor Insemination
TEBG - Testosterone-Estradiol Binding Globulin
TESA - Testicular Sperm Aspiration
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