Riding the Infertility Crazy Train

how I'm muddling through infertility, loss, and perimenopause


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So once you hop on the IF Crazy Train, you find that the other passengers use a lot of unfamilar acronyms. It is almost if everyone is speaking Greek! Below is a list of commonly used acronyms used in the IF (e.g. infertility) community.
2WW two-week wait
AF Aunt Flo; menstrual period
AH assisted hatching
ART assisted reproductive technology
ASA antisperm antibodies
ASRM American Society for Reproductive Medicine
AZH assisted hatching
AWOL a woman on Lupron
BA baby aspirin
BB bulletin board
BBT basal body temperature
BCP birth control pills
BD baby dance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BFN big fat negative; a negative result on a pregnancy test
BFP big fat positive; a positive result on a pregnancy test
BSE breast self-exam
BTW by the way
BV baby vibes; happy baby thoughts
BW blood work
CB cycle buddy; someone who has the same cycle as you
CCT Clomid challenge test
CD cycle day
CD56+ natural killer cells
CM cervical mucus
CNM certified nurse midwife
COW curse of womanhood; menstruation
C/S caesarian section
CVS chorionic villae sampling
CY# number of cycles spent trying to conceive
DA dear angel; lost baby
D&C dilation and curettage
D&E dilation and evacuation
DD dear daughter, darling daughter
DE donor eggs
DH dear husband, darling husband
DI donor insemination
DOR diminished ovarian reserve
DPO days post ovulation                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dpiui days past IUI
DPR days post retrieval
DPT days post transfer
DP3DT days post three-day transfer
DP5DT days post five-day transfer
DS dear son, darling son; donated sperm
DW dear wife, darling wife
Dx diagnosis
EB endometrial biopsy
EDD estimated due date
ENDO endometriosis
EPO evening primrose oil
ET embryo transfer
EWCM egg white cervical mucus
FAQ frequently asked questions
FBG fasting blood glucose
FET frozen embryo transfer
FF Fertility Friend
FH fetal heart rate
FIL father in law
FM fertility monitor
FP follicular phase
FSH follicle stimulating hormone
FTTA fertile thoughts to all
FWIW for what it’s worth
GD gestational diabetes
GIFT gamete intrafallopian transfer
GnRH gonadotropin releasing hormone
GP general practitioner
GTT glucose tolerance test
hCG human chorionic gonadotropin; a hormone shot to bring on ovulation within 36 hours
HPT home pregnancy test
HRT hormone replacement therapy
HSC hysteroscopy
HSG hysterosalpingogram; a test in which the doctor injects dye into the uterus and fallopian tubes
HTH hope this helps
ICI intracervical insemination
ICSI intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection; a type of in vitro fertilization when the sperm is directly injected into the egg cell
IF infertility
IGTT insulin and glucose tolerance test
IM intramuscular
IR insulin resistant
IRC internet relay chat
IUI intrauterine insemination
IVF in vitro fertilization
LAP laparoscopy
LH luteinizing hormone
LMP last menstrual period
LP luteal phase
LPD luteal phase defect
LSP low sperm count
MAI miscarriage after infertility
MC miscarriage
MF male factor
MIL mother in law
MMR measles, mumps, rubella vaccine
NP nurse practitioner
NSA nonsurgical sperm aspiration
O ovulation
OB obstetrician
O YN – obstetrician/ gynecologist
OD ovum donor
OHSS ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
OPK ovulation predictor kit
OPT ovulation predictor test
OTC over the counter
OTTC overweight and trying to conceive
OV ovulation
OW overweight
P4 progesterone
PA physician’s assistant
PCO polycystic ovary
PCP primary care doctor
PCOD polycystic ovary disease
PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome
PCT post coital test
PG pregnant
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PIO progesterone in oil
PMS premenstrual syndrome
PNM perinatal mortality
POC products of conception
POF premature ovarian failure
POV point of view
PROM premature rupture of membranes
PTSD post traumatic stress disorder
RE reproductive endocrinologist
RI reproductive immunologist
RPL recurrent pregnancy loss
RSA recurrent spontaneous abortion
RX prescription
SA semen analysis
SART Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology
SB stillborn
SD stepdaughter
SI secondary infertility
SIL sister in law
SIS saline injection sonogram
SO significant other
SonoHSG sonohysterogram
SPAL subsequent pregnancy after a loss
SS stepson
STD sexually transmitted disease
STIMS stimulating hormones
SubQ subcutaneous injections
T1 type 1 diabetes
T2 type 2 diabetes
TAB taking a break
TEMP taking your temperature
TESA testicular sperm aspiration
TESE testicular sperm extraction
TL tubal ligation
TRH thyroid releasing hormone
TSH thyroid stimulating hormone
TTC trying to conceive
US ultrasound
UTI urinary tract infection
WTT waiting to test; waiting to try to conceive

Source: FertilityCommunity.com


3 responses to “Lingo

  1. Jenna Belle says:

    This was actually my first blog post, but I thought it might be more helpful as a page of it’s own so readers could navigate to it and back home.

  2. babysocks2008 says:

    Wow, this is quite a list! thanks

  3. Jenna says:

    You’re welcome!

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