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What do the abbreviations mean?

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Below is a list of the commonly used fertility abbreviations, we hope you find this helpful when using our community:

2WW = Two week wait

A/F = Aunt Flo (period)

AH = Assisted hatching

AI = Artificial insemination

AIH = Artificial insemination by husband

AMH = Anti mullerian hormone

ART = Assisted reproductive technique

BBT = Basal body temperature

BCP = Birth control pills

BET = Blastocyst embryo transfer

BFN = Big fat negative

BFP = Big fat positive

BICA = British Infertility Counselling Association

CBAVD = Congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens

CD = Cycle day

CM = Cervical mucus

CP = Cervical position

CVS = Chorionic villae sampling

D&C = Dilation and curettage

DE = Donor eggs

DHEAS= Dihydroepiandrosterone Sulfate

DI = Donor insemination

DD = Darling daughter

DH = Darling husband

DPO = Days post-ovulation

DPR = Days post-retrieval

DP = Darling partner

DPT = Days post-transfer

DS = Darling son

DS = Donor sperm

DW = Darling wife

EC = Egg collection

EDD = Estimated due date

ENDO = Endometriosis

EPO = Evening primrose oil

ERPC = Evacuation of retained products of conception

ET = Embryo transfer

EWCM = Egg white cervical mucus

FER = Frozen embryo replacement

FET = Frozen embryo transfer

FP = Follicular phase

FSH = Follicle stimulating hormone

GIFT = Gamete intra-fallopian transfer

H/B = Heartbeat

HCG = Human chorionic gonadotropin

HFEA = Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority

HPT = Home pregnancy test

HRT = Hormone replacement therapy

HSC = Hysteroscopy

HSG = Hysterosalpingogram

ICSI = Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection

IMHO = In my humble opinion

IMO = In my opinion

INUK = Infertility Network UK

IPS = Intended Parents (Surrogacy)

IPS = Imaginary pregnancy symptoms

IUI = Intra-uterine insemination

IVF = In vitro fertilisation

IYKWIM = If you know what I mean

LAH = Laser assisted hatching

LAP = Laparoscopy

LH = Luteinising hormone

LMP = Last menstrual period

LP = Luteal phase

LPD = Luteal phase defect

MA = Miscarriage association

M/C = Miscarriage

MESA = Microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration

MTL = More To Life

M/W = Midwife

OD = Ovum Donor (Egg Donor)

ODR = Ovum Donor Recipient (Egg Donor Recipient)

OI = Ovulation induction

OS = Ovum Sharer (Egg sharer/donor)

OV = Ovulation

OHSS = Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

OPK = Ovulation predictor kit

PCO = Polycystic ovaries

PCOS = Polycystic ovary syndrome

PCT = Post-coital test

PESA Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration

PG = Pregnant

PI = Primary infertility

PID = Pelvic inflammatory disease

PIO = Progesterone in Oil

PMS = Pre-menstrual syndrome

POF = Premature ovarian failure

PUPO = Pregnant until proven othewise

SA = Sperm or Semen analysis

SANDS = Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society S/B Stillbirth

SI = Secondary infertility

STD = Sexually transmitted disease

TESA = Testicular sperm aspiration

TET = Tubal embryo transfer

TTC = Trying to conceive

U/S = Ultrasound

ZIFT = Zygote intra-fallopian transfer

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Shaznay80 profile image

Thank u 🙏🙏

very helpful thanks x

Mel30 profile image

This is very helpful, I am so confused with all these abbreviations!

Macca13 profile image

Brilliant AlisonO however seen a post about DHEA what is this? Thanks 😄

KeeKee21 profile image

Always wondered what PIO means? Took me ages to figure out PUPO- pregnant until proven otherwise.x

AlisonO profile image


We have now added DHEA, PIO and PUPO to the list for you.

Best Wishes



Lola675 profile image

Oh, this is really helpful! Thanks a lot!

Dreamingofbaby profile image

Phew now I know. Thank you I was getting so confused ☺️

jhb_c this post I was talking about 😊 xx

MHughes profile image

Thank goodness for this post :) have been scratching my head about a lot of them! Thank you x

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