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!Fertility abbreviations - what do they really mean?

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.

BF: Breastfeeding.

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

ENDO: Endometriosis

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.

IF: Infertility

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

M/C: Miscarriage

O: Ovulation

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

V: Vasectomy.

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.

Fertility Abbreviations - your guide to what the EWCM's, FET's and BD's really mean