Infertility Acronyms

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In discussions about our infertility journey, you may see us use acronyms that seem like a random combination of letters. They’re actually standard acronyms used in the infertility community by doctors and patients alike. We’ve compiled a list of the infertility acronyms we came across most often—minus the “technical” medication abbreviations.

Infertility Acronyms

AF = Aunt Flo / Menstrual Cycle
AH = Assisted Hatching
AI = Artificial/Assisted Insemination
ART = Assisted Reproductive Technology
BBT = Basal Body Temperature
Beta = HCG pregnancy test
BFN = Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test)
BFP = Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test)
BD = Baby Dance (sex)
CD = Cycle Day
DE = Donor Eggs
DH = Dear Husband
DPO = Days Past Ovulation
DPT = Days Past Transfer
ER = Egg Retrieval
ET = Embryo Transfer
FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
Frostie = Frozen Embryo
HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
HSG = Hysterosalpingogram
IF = Infertility
IUI = Intrauterine Insemination
IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
MFM = Maternal Fetal Medicine (high-risk pregnancy physician)
OPK = Ovulation Predictor Kit
POAS = Pee on a Stick (take a pregnancy test)
PG = Pregnant
PIO = Progesterone In Oil
POF = Premature Ovarian Failure
PUPO = Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise
RE = Reproductive Endocrinologist
SA = Semen Analysis
TTC = Trying To Conceive
TWW = Two Week Wait

More Infertility Acronyms

A more complete list of acronyms can be found on RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.

About Marcella Hines

Marcella Hines

Marcella wants to live in a world where she can escape to quiet rooms stacked high with books that come bundled with a brownie cookie dough DQ blizzard and cuddly purr monster. When she’s not finding creative ways to play with cars for the eleventy billionth time or shouting, “Undies! Pants! Sit! Pee!” at toddlers who have the attention span of a gnat, you can find her running to the beats of an audiobook/podcast or assisting writers in crafting their work through her editing business, A to Z Editing. Marcella likes talking about the day-to-day experience of raising triplets, like how to navigate toddler time and a park playdate with three toddlers in tow. Follow her running, English weenie-ing, and ice creaming on Instagram: @hineschica.

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