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Infertility Specific Acronyms and Abbreviations along with DE Acronyms
(What's What? and Who's Who?)

In the world of infertility there are many acronyms for pretty much everything. PVED has put together a rather long list of acronyms that we hope you find helpful.

These have been organized in alphabetical order.

2WW Two week wait
16dp3dt16 days past 3 day transfer
ACA Anti-cardiolipin Antibodies
ACTH Adrenal Corticotropic Hormone
AF Aunt Flo (menstruation)
AFA American Fertility Association
AH, AZHAssisted Hatching
AHR Assisted Human Reproduction
AI Artificial Insemination
ANA Anti-nuclear Antibodies
APA Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
APTT Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time
ART Assisted Reproductive Technology
ASA Anti-sperm Antibody
ASRM American Society of Reproductive Medicine
ATA Anti-thyroid Antibody
AVA Anti-ovarian Antibody
BBT Basal Body Temperature
BCP Birth Control Pills
BMS Baby-making Sex
BD Baby Dust
BD Baby Dance (sexual intercourse)
Beta hCG level blood test
BFP/BFNBig Fat Positive/Negative
BMI Body Mass Index
CAD Carbohydrate Addict's Diet
CAH Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
CASA Computer-assisted Semen Analysis
CCCT Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge)
CD Cycle Day
CD56+ Natural Killer Cells
CF Cervical Fluid
COH Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
CM Cervical Mucus
CMV Cytomegalovirus
CNM Certified Nurse Midwife
CVS Chorionic Villus Sampling
D&C Dilation & Curettage
D&E Dilation & Evacuation
DE Donor Eggs
DES Diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen)
DHEASDehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate
DI Donor Insemination
DIPI Direct Intraperitoneal Insemination
DOST Direct Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
DPO Days Post-ovulation
Dx Diagnosis
E2 Estradiol
EB, EMB Endometrial Biopsy
EDD Estimated Due Date
ENDO Endometriosis
EPT Early Pregnancy Test
ER Embryo Retrieval/Transfer
ET Embryo Transfer
ETF Embryo Toxic Factor
ETA Embryo Toxicity Assay
FET Frozen Embryo Transfer
FHR Fetal Heart Rate
FSH Follicle Stimulating Hormone
FTTA Fertile Thoughts To All
GIFT Gamete Intra-fallopian Transfer
GnRH Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
GP General Practitioner
hCG, HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
HCP Health Care Practitioner
HEPA Hamster Egg Penetration Assay
hMG, HMG Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
HP Hannah's Prayer (Christian infertility / pregnancy loss group)
HPT Home Pregnancy Test
HRT Hormone Replacement Therapy
HSG Hysterosalpingogram
IBT Immunobead Binding Test
ICI Intra-cervical Insemination
ICSI Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IF Infertility
IM Intra-muscular (WRT injections)
INCIID International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
IOR Immature Oocyte Retrieval
ITI Intra-tubal Insemination
IUGR Intra-uterine Growth Retardation
IUI Intra-uterine Insemination
IVC Intra-vaginal Culture
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)
LPD Luteal Phase Defect
LUF, LUFSLuteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome
MAI Miscarriage After Infertility
MC, m/c, misc. Miscarriage
MESA Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
MFS Maternal Fetal Specialist
MIFT Micro Injection Fallopian Transfer
MMR Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
NEST Non-surgical Embryonic Selective Thinning
NK Natural Killer Cells (CD56+)
NORIF Non-stimulated Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fertilization
NP Nurse Practitioner
NSA Non-surgical Sperm Aspiration
OB Obstetrician
OB/GYN Obstetrician/Gynecologist
OHSS Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit
OTC Over The Counter
PA Physician's Assistant
PCO, PCODPolycystic Ovary Disease
PCOS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCP Primary Care Physician
PCT Post Coital Test
PERI Perinatologist (Maternal Fetal Specialist)
PESA Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
PG Pregnant
PI Primary Infertility
PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PLI Paternal Leukocyte Immunization
PMS Pre-menstrual Syndrome
POC Products of Conception
POF Premature Ovarian Failure
PROM Premature Rupture of Membranes
PTSD Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
PVED Parents Via Egg Donation
RE Reproductive Endocrinologist
R-FSH, R-hFSHRecombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone
RI Reproductive Immunologist
RIP Reproductive Immunophynotype
ROS Reactive Oxygen Species
RPL Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
RSA Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
Rx Prescription
SPA Sperm Penetration Assay
SA Semen Analysis
SART Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology
SCORIF Stimulated Cycle Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fertilization
SI Secondary Infertility
SLE Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
SPA Sperm Penetration Assay
STD Sexually Transmitted Disease
SUZI Sub-zonal Insertion
TeBG Testosterone-estradiol-binding Globulin
TESA Testicular Sperm Aspiration
TESE Testicular Sperm Extraction
TET Tubal Embryo Transfer
TNF Tumor Necrosis Factor
TORCH Toxoplasmosis, Other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes test
TRH Thyroid-releasing Hormone
TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
TUFT Trans-uterine Fallopian Transfer
Tx Treatment
US, u/s Ultrasound
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
WBC White Blood Cells
ZIFT Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer
General Internet Abbreviations
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AOL America Online
BTW By The Way
CGU Can't Get Up (as in "I've fallen and can't get up")
CYA Cover Your Ass
DD, DS Dear Daughter, Dear Son
DH Dear Husband, Darling Husband, Designated Hitter, Damn Husband
DHAC Don't/Doesn't Have A Clue
DITD Down In The Dumps
DW Dear Wife, Darling Wife, Damn Wife
FAQ Frequently Asked Question(s)
FWIW For What It's Worth
HTH Hope This Helps
IIRC If I Recall/Remember Correctly
IMHO In My Humble Opinion, In My Honest Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IRC Internet Relay Chat
JK Just Kidding
KWIM Know What I Mean?
LOL Laughing Out Loud
MIL Mother In-law (also FIL, SIL, BIL for the others)
NBD No Big Deal
NG Newsgroup
OTOH On The Other Hand
POA Plan Of Action
POV Point Of View
ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROTFLOLRolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud
ROTFLMAORolling On The Floor Laughing My ASS Off
SO Significant Other
TIA Thanks In Advance
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
TTYS Talk To You Soon
WRT With Respect To
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary

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