Fertility abbreviations – what do they really mean! Trying to conceive is a very unpredictable and scary time. These days you can access a great deal of vital support and information online through support groups and forums. However sometimes even the very places that are there to help you, can leave you feeling confused and even more bewildered than before!
Have you joined a fertility forum and been completely confused with the terminology and fertility abbreviations that every one seems to know all about? If that’s you, don’t worry. You are not alone and everyone has had to learn these at some stage of their journey. Even I had to get up to speed with these funny little fertility abbreviations pretty quickly when I started my popular online fertility support group a few years ago!
Not only do you find these funny little ‘words’ online but you may have also heard your doctor referring to the more medical terminology. So to make it a little easier for you, here is a list of the most commonly used medical terms and fertility abbreviations. This is by no way an exhaustive list, so if you know one that isn’t included, feel free to comment on the blog and I’ll add it!
Fertility abbreviations – Those Funny Little Words…….
So here we go…….
2WW: Two week wait (before testing or waiting for your period)
AF: Aunt Flo, your period.
AI: Artificial Insemination.
AO: Anovulation. No ovulation detected.
ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology.
BBT: Basal Body Temperature. The method of using a thermometer to track your cycles and ovulation.
BCP: Birth Control Pills. Oral contraception
BD: Baby Dance. Having sex to conceive.
BFN: Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test)
BFP: Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test)
CD: Cycle Day
CL: Coverline. Used in BBT cycle monitoring
CM: Cervical mucous, also known as cervical fluid or cervical secretions. It is fluid produced by your cervix as you approach ovulation due to increased oestrogen levels.
CP: Cervical Position
D&C: Dilation and Currettage. A medical procedure to remove tissue from inside the uterus.
DE: Donor Eggs.
DH, DD, DS: Dear Husband, Dear Daughter, Dear Son
DI: Donor Insemination.
DOR: Diminished Ovarian Reserve.
DPO: Days Past Ovulation
EDD: Estimated Due Date
EPO: Evening Primrose Oil
ET: Embryo Transfer
EWCM: Eggwhite cervical mucous. The cervical mucous that occurs at peak fertile time.
FM: Fertility Monitor.
FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone
GnRH: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone
HPT: Home pregnancy test. Measures levels of the hormone hcG which are produced in pregnancy.
HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. Hormone detected by pregnancy tests
HSC: Hysteroscopy. A procedure to examine the inside of the uterus.
HSG: Hystrosalpingogram. A procedure to examine the patency of the fallopian tubes.
IR: Insulin Resistance
IUI: Intra-uterine insemination
IVF: In-vitro fertilization
LAP: Laparoscopy. A medical procedure to internally examine the abdomen and pelvis.
LH: Luteinizing Hormone
LMP: The first day of your last period.
LUFS: Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome
LOL: Laughing out loud
LP: Luteal Phase
LPD: Luteal Phase Defect
OB: Obstetrician, also known as OBGYN.
OC: Oral contraceptives.
OHSS: Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
OPK: Ovulation Prediction Kit. OPKs measure luteinizing hormone but are not always reliable in women with PCOS.
PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
PCO: As above but without the syndrome.
PID: Pelvic inflammatory Disease.
POAS: Pee on a stick.
POC: Products of conception. A medical term for the tissue passed or medically removed following a miscarriage.
POF: Premature Ovarian Failure
RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist- Fertility Specialist
SA: Semen Analysis. Sperm test.
SI: Secondary Infertility. Problems conceiving after a woman has successfully carried a pregnancy to term previously.
STI: Sexually Transmitted Infection.
TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
TTC: Trying to conceive.
UTI: Urinary Tract Infection
VR: Vasectomy reversal.
I hope you have found reading this useful and that the next time you go in to your favourite online support group or forum that you’ll feel a little better equipped!
Don’t forget to let me know if I’ve not included a fertility abbreviations that you commonly come across.