Infertility ‘speech’. What does it all mean for crying out loud?!

Here are some of more commonly used words and abbreviations found in the wonderful world of infertility. It took me ages to get used to these terms, so I hope it helps. I have only included ones that I am familiar with but there are plenty more if you Google them. They come up a lot in forums and again, I must mention that in the USA they have different tests so therefore you will come across different acronyms occasionally.

Some light humour 😉


TTC – Trying to Conceive
DH – Dear Husband, DB – Dear Boyfriend
FS – Fertility Specialist
AI – Artificial Insemination
IUI – Intra Uterine Insemination
BD – Baby Dance (Timed Intercourse/Sex)
2WW – Two Week Wait (Time from Ovulation/Egg Transfer to Pregnancy Test)
AF – Auntie Flo, your period
AH – Assisted Hatching
ART – Assisted Reproductive Technology
BBT – Basal Body Temperature
BCP – Birth Control Pills
Beta – HCG pregnancy test
BFN – Big Fat Negative
BFP – Big Fat Positive
CM – Cervical Mucus
D&C – Dilation & Curettage
DE – Donor Eggs
DPO – Days Post-Ovulation
DPR – Days Post-Retrieval
DPT – Days Post-Transfer
DW – Dear Wife
Dx – Diagnosis
ENDO – Endometriosis
ER – Egg Retrieval
ET – Embryo Transfer
FET – Frozen Embryo Transfer
FSH – Follicle-Stimulating Hormone
GIFT – Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
HPT – Home Pregnancy Test
HSG – Hysterosalpingogram
ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IF– Infertility

I've heard it all now!

IM – Intramuscular injections
LAP – Laparoscopy
LH – Luteinizing Hormone
MC, m/c – Miscarriage
O – Ovulation
OHSS – Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
OPK – Ovulation Predictor Kit
PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PG – Pregnant
PID – Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PMS – Pre-menstrual Syndrome
POAS – Pee On A Stick (Making reference to home pregnancy tests or ovulation tests)
SA – Semen Analysis
S/S – Signs/Symptoms
STD – Sexually Transmitted Disease
US, u/s – Ultrasound
ZIFT – Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer

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