Thursday, October 8, 2009

infertility lingo and acronyms

I was asked to post this for readers who aren't sure what all the crazy trying to concieve/infertility acronyms are - if I left anything out please feel free to add to my list in the comments section. I'll edit the post so that the list becomes more comprehensive.


general acronyms:
BCP - Birth Control Pills
HPT - Home Pregnancy Test
LMP - Last Menstrual Period
MC - Miscarriage
OB/GYN - Obstetrician/Gynecologist
PG - Pregnancy or Pregnant
POAS - Pee On A Stick
TTC - Trying To Conceive

in-cycle acronyms:
2WW - time until you take a pregnancy test (typically about two weeks after ovulation)
AF - Aunt Flo/period
BFN/BFFN - home pregnancy test result (i.e. Big Fat Negative or Big Fat Fucking Negative)
BFP - home pregnancy test result (i.e. Big Fat Positive)
BW or B/W - Blood Work
CD - Cycle day
CM - Cervical Mucus
CP - Cervical position
DPO - Days past ovulation
EWCM - Egg White Cervical Mucus or fertile cervical mucus
FP - Follicular Phase
FMU - First morning urine
LP - Luteal phase
LPD - Luteal Phase Defect
O - Ovulation
OPK - Ovulation Predictor Kit, a strip you pee on to tell you if you're about to ovulate

acronyms for hormone levels:
E2 - Estradiol/estrogen levels
FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
LH - Luteinizing Hormone
P4 - Progesterone

acronyms for tests used to diagnose infertility:
HSG - Hysterosalpingogram
LAP - Laparoscopy
S/A - Sperm/semen analysis
SIS/SHG - Saline Infused Sonogram/Sonohysterogram

infertility acronyms:
3dt/5dt - the day after an embryo retrieval that your embryos are transferred back into your uterus. 3 day transfer; 5 day transfer.
ART - Assisted Reproductive Technology
blasts - blastocysts; embryos that have made it to an advanced stage of maturity.
cryo - cryopreservation of embryos in an IVF cycle
Dx - your diagnosis
endo - Endometriosis
embies - embryos
ER - egg retrieval. Part of an IVF cycle.
ET - embryo transfer. Part of an IVF cycle.
FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer, for a typical IVF cycle an RE will only put back 1-2 embryos, anything else that has matured is frozen using cryopreservation. You can have a FET at a later date to use your remaining embryos.
follies - short for follicles, they reside in your ovaries and produce eggs each menstrual cycle
hCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, this is the trigger shot that forces your body to ovulate when you are on meds.
HOM - High Order Multiples, i.e. pregnancies that result in 3 or more babies
HRT - Hormone Replacement Therapy
ICSI - Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, a procedure done with IVF
IF - infertility
IUI - Intra-uterine Insemination
IVF - In Vitro Fertilization
MFI - Male Factor Infertility
OHSS - Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
PCOS (POS) - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist, or a gynecologist that specializes in infertility
US or u/s - Ultrasound

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