Acronym and Abbreviation Guide

Abbreviations - Acronyms

Common terms used on IVF messageboards.

2WW Two week wait
16dp3dt 16 days past 3 day transfer
ACA Anticardiolipin Antibodies
AF Aunt Flo = period arriving / bleeding starting
AH Assisted Hatching
AHR Assisted Human Reproduction
ANA Antinuclear Antibodies
ART Assisted Reproductive Technologies
BBT Basal Body Temperature
BCP Birth Control Pill
Beta hCG level blood test
BFP/BFN Big Fat Positive/Negative
BMI Body Mass Index
COH Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
CD Cycle Day
DH/DW/DS/DD Dear Husband/Wife/Son/Daughter
Dx Diagnosis
ED Egg Donor
EDD Estimated Due Date
ER/ET Embryo Retrieval/Transfer
FSH Follical Stimulating Hormone
FET Frozen Embryo Transfer
GIFT Gamete intra-fallopian tube transfer
GS Gestational Surrogate
hCG Human Chorionic Gonadfotropin
HPT Home Pregnancy Test
ICSI Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IP Intended Parent
IUI Intra-Uterine Insemination
IVF In Vitro Fertilization
IVIg Intra-venous immunoglobulin therapy
IVM In Vitro Maturation
LAP Laproscopy
LMP Last Menstrual Period
LH Luteinizing Hormone
LP Luteal Phase
LPD Luteal Phase Defect
MF Male Factor
NK (Cells) Natural Killer Cells
OHSS Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
PCO Polycystic Ovarian Disease
PCOS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCP Primary Care Physician
PGD Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
POAS Pee on a stick - home pregnancy test
POF Premature Ovarian Failure
PUPO Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise
RE Reproductive Endocrinologist
Rx Prescription
SM Surrogate Mom
TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine
TDI Therapeutic Donor Insemination
TET Tubal Embryo Transfer
TR Tubal Reversal
TS Traditional Surrogate
TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
TTC Trying To Conceive
UR Urologist
ZIFT Zygote intra-fallopian tube transfer



Physician Glossary

Andrologist: A physician who specializes in male infertility, semen analysis and hormone production.

Embryologist: A Clinical Embryologist is a specialist in embryo development. In a modern laboratory, embryologists are responsible for sperm washing, IVF, ICSI, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, cord blood banking, and research into new techniques such as egg freezing.

Geneticist: A specialist in the areas of biology that deal with genetic make-up and heredity. Geneticists in the field of human reproductive medicine focus on eggs and sperm, as well as the embryos and offspring resulting from fertilization.

Ob/gyn or O&G: (Obstetrics and gynaecology) A physician who specializes in general women's medical care, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the female reproductive system, and care of pregnant women.

Primary Care Physician: A licensed general practitioner of medicine who provides health care for commonly encountered medical problems and refers patients to medical specialists where necessary.

Reproductive Endocrinologist: A Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) is a physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of subfertility. REs order investigations and run treatment protocols, up to and including retrieval and transfer in an IVF cycle. REs are also responsible for management of the first trimester of pregnancy.

Urologist: A physician who specializes in the branch of medicine (urology) concerned with the anatomy, physiology, disorders, and care of the male and female urinary tract, as well as the male genital tract.