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Common Infertility Acronyms and Abbreviations

If you've joined an infertility Facebook group or online forum, it might appear as though everyone is speaking in some kind of code. To save time, many people abbreviate or use acronyms for common infertility words and phrases.

Friends, Family and Third-Party Acronyms

Here is a list of acronyms that refer to significant others and other third-party acronyms in your fertility journey. It's far more helpful that using real names or having to type out commonly used family terms over and over again in forums.

BDAD = Birthfather

BFAMILY = Birth family

BIL = Brother-in-Law

BMOM = Birthmother

DD = Darling Daughter

DH = Dear Husband

DS = Dear Son

DW = Darling Wife

ED = Egg Donor

FIL = Father-in-Law

GC = Gestational Carrier

GP = General Practitioner

GS = Gestational Surrogate

MIL = Mother-in-Law

OB = Obstetrician

PCP = Primary Care Physician

RE = Reproductive Endocrinologist

SIL = Sister-in-Law

Infertility Diagnoses Acronyms and Abbreviations

Infertility is not a one-diagnosis scenario for some people, especially if both partners are dealing with different diagnoses at the same time. Here's a helpful roundup of infertility diagnoses shorthand you might encounter.

AMA = Advanced Maternal Age

AZO or AZOO = Azoospermia

DOR = Diminished Ovarian Reserve

Dx = Diagnosis

Endo = Endometriosis

Hashi's = Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

IF = Infertility

LPD = Luteal Phase Defect

M/C or MC = Miscarriage

MF = Male Factor

NK = Natural Killer Cells

OHSS = Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

PCOS = Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

PID = Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

POF = Premature Ovarian Failure

POI = Primary Ovarian Insufficiency

Rh- = Rh Negative

Rh+ = Rh Positive

RPL = Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

SI or Secondary IF = Secondary Infertility

UI or Unexplained IF = Unexplained Infertility

Testing and Diagnostic Procedure Acronyms

When it comes to finding out your infertility diagnosis, there are many tests and procedures to help make that diagnosis. Here's a roundup of shorthand you can use to talk about what you're going through.

ATA = Anti-thyroid Antibodies

B/W = Blood Work

BBT = Basal Body Temperature

Beta = Beta hCH Pregnancy Test

BFN = Big Fat Negative (Pregnancy Test)

BFP = Big Fat Positive (Pregnancy Test)

CD1 = Cycle Day 1

CM = Cervical Mucus

DPO = Days Past Ovulation

E2 = Estradiol

Evap Line = Evaporation Line

EWCM = Egg White Cervical Mucus

FAM = Fertility Awareness Method

FMU = First Morning Urine

FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone

hCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone)

HPT = Home Pregnancy Test

HSC = Hysteroscopy

HSG = Hysterosalpingogram

IR = Insulin Resistant

Lap = Laparoscopy

LH = Luteinizing Hormone

LMP = Last Menstrual Period

LP = Luteal Phase

O'd = Ovulated

OPK = Ovulation Predictor Kit

OPT = Ovulation Predictor Test

P4 = Progesterone

PGD = Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

POAS = Pee on a Stick (pregnancy test)

Prog = Progesterone

SA = Semen Analysis

T3 = Triiodothyronine

T4 = Thyroxine

TSH = Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

US or U/S = Ultrasound

Fertility Treatments and Medications Acronyms

Even treatments and medications themselves have their own coded speak on fertility message boards.

2WW = Two Week Wait

Acu = Acupuncture

AH = Assisted Hatching

AI = Artificial Insemination

ART = Assisted Reproductive Technology

BC = Birth Control

BCP = Birth Control Pills

D&C = Dilation & Curettage

D&E = Dilation & Evacuation

DE = Donor Egg

DEIVF = Donor Egg In Vitro Fertilization

DP3DT = Days Past 3-Day Transfer

DP5DT = Days Past 5-Day Transfer

DPR = Days Past Retrieval

DPT = Days Past Transfer

DS = Donor Sperm

ER = Egg Retrieval

ET = Embryo Transfer

Fert. Report = Fertilization Report

FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer

Frostie = Frozen Embryo

GIFT = Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer

GnRH = Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone

HBC = Hormonal Birth Control

HRT = Hormone Replacement Therapy

ICSI = Intra-cytoplamic Sperm Injection

IM = Intramuscular Injections

IUI = Intrauterine Insemination

IVF = In Vitro Fertilization

IVF/ET = In Vitro Fertilization/Embryo Transfer

Met = Metformin

Met Gut = Metformin Gut (gastrointestinal side effects associated with
Metformin)

PIO = Progesterone in Oil

Rx = Prescription

Snowbaby = Frozen Embryo

Stim = Stimulation

TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine

Trigger Shot = Dose of hCG hormone to induce ovulation

Tx = Treatment

ZIFT = Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer

Miscellaneous Acronyms and Abbreviations

There are also commonly used abbreviations and acronyms used in message boards and forums of all topics, not just infertility. Here are some of the more commonly used miscellaneous terms to make typing a little faster.

AF = Aunt Flow (euphemism for menses)

AFAIK = As Far As I Know

BD = Baby Dance (euphemism for intercourse)

EDD = Estimated Due Date

FWIW = For What It's Worth

HTT = Hope That Helps

IIRC = If I Recall/Remember Correctly

IMHO = In My Honest/Humble Opinion

IMO = In My Opinion

MENTS = Mentions (may be painful or emotionally triggering to read)

OTC = Over the Counter

PG = Pregnant

PUPO = Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise

S/B = Stillbirth or Stillborn

SMH = Shaking My Head

TTC = Trying to Conceive

YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

Now that you have an idea of some of the most common abbreviations and acronyms for infertility, you can share your story and seek advice from others with ease on Facebook, Twitter and any number of infertility forums and message boards. Keep this list handy just in case you come across any you can't remember off the top of your head! And be sure to check out this list of 10 Online Infertility Support Forums to find a place to connect with others right now.

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