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Jargon buster?

Hi everyone I'm new to all this and I'm sure with time I'll start to learn what some of the acronyms mean but please can you help? I understand the following....

TTC - trying to conceive

2WW - 2 weeks wait after egg transfer

PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian syndrome

and that's about it! I've had a look for a jargon buster and couldn't find one so forgive me if there is one already.... but I thought it might be useful to have one for all newbies like me.

If you can, maybe we could get some help with what some of themy mean or anyone unsure that some acronyms mean, could post them here for others to answer? and I'll put it all into a list at the end?

Good luck to everyone, this forum is a total saviour to me. Thanks Xxx

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It's a nightmare isn't it! I remember when I first joined feeling like people were speaking a completely different language! Sadly, you get to know it.

Hopefully this helps: m.carefertility.com/care-fe...

Good luck! x


Thanks Hopeful1982 that's a great start xx

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How about these. ... Any idea what they mean? Thanks xxx





Hey Kat9lives

Welcome on board. The jargon takes a bit of getting used too. I'd made all sorts up before I found out what things actually meant, lol.

AMH is the test if hormone to see what your ovarian reserves are.

ARC us an Antral follicle count. I'd basically does what AMH tests do, but they check reserve by looking at the Antral follicles through a scan.

Not too sure about TOM unless it's time of the month, although most us call it AF (Aunt Flow)

Hope that helps. If you find out what TOM is, I'd love to know.

Good Luck with your journey xx


Thanks sarahndave. It makes it so much easier to understand when you know what it means! :-) x


Hi, there is a pinned post as well called 'what do the abbreviations mean?' I haven't looked at it myself but I assume it explains everything. It should be at the bottom of the page. You'll pick it all up quite quickly anyway! But it is like another language, isn't it.


Thanks! Yes it's a minefield but I'm getting there! Hope this helps other newbies too xx

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Copied and pasted from the post from infertility network Uk:

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

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

PMS = Pre-menstrual syndrome

POF = Premature ovarian failure

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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Now that you've cracked the acronyms, you'll have to figure out what half those terms mean!! So many...

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