• Infertility and Parenting Acronyms

      If you've been anywhere online looking for information about assisted reproductive technology, pregnancy or parenting you will have seen various acronyms thrown around.

      The acronyms that have cropped up remain relatively consistent across websites and properties -- if you see an acronym here at IVFConnections, you'll probably see it used on Facebook and Twitter, as well!

      This list took a while to compile and we used as many sources as we could find. But both reproductive technology and language are always evolving, so if you know of any acronyms that aren't on this list, please let us know!

      2WW = 2-Week Wait
      ABF = Adoptive Breastfeeding
      AF = Aunt Flo or Menstrual cycle
      AI = Artificial Insemination
      AO = Anovulation
      APs = Adoptive Parents
      ART = Assisted Reproductive Technology
      ASA = Anti-sperm Antibody
      ASAP = As soon as possible
      BB = Bulletin Board
      BBL = Be back later
      BBT = Basal Body Temperature
      BCP = Birth Control Pills
      BD = Baby Dance (sex for the purpose of conception)
      BD = Baby Dust (good wishes for conception/pregnancy)
      BDAD = Birth Dad (adoption related)
      BF = Boyfriend
      BFAMILY = Birth Family (adoption related)
      BFF = Best Friend Forever
      BFN = Bye For Now
      BFN = Big Fat Negative
      BFP = Big Fat Positive
      BH = Braxton Hicks Contractions
      BIL = Brother-In-Law
      BMOM = Birth Mom (adoption related)
      BMS = Baby making Sex
      BRB = Be Right Back
      BTW = By the way
      BW = Blood Work
      CB = Cycle Buddy
      CD = Cycle Day
      CF = Cervical Fluid
      CM = Cervical Mucus
      DD = Dear Daughter
      D&C = Dilation & Curettage
      D&E = Dilation & Evacuation
      DE = Donor Eggs
      DES = Diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen)
      DF = Dear/Darling Fiance
      DH = Dear Husband
      DHAC = Don't Have A Clue
      DI = Donor Insemination
      DIUI = Donor Intrauterine Insemination
      DOST = Direct Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
      DP = Dear Partner
      DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
      DPR = Days Post-Retrieval
      DPT = Days Post-Transfer
      DS = Dear Son
      DW = Darling Wife
      Dx = Diagnosis
      E2 = Estradiol
      EBM = Expressed Breastmilk
      ED = Egg Donor
      ENDO = Endometriosis
      EP = Ectopic Pregnancy
      ET = Embryo Transfer
      FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
      FE = Frozen Embryo
      FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
      FHR = Fetal Heart Rate
      FIL = Father-In-Law
      FSH = Follicle-Stimulating Hormone
      FT = FertileThoughts
      GC = Gestational Carrier
      GIFT = Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
      GnRH = Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone
      GP = General Practitioner
      GS = Gestational Surrogate
      HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
      HOM = High Order Multiples
      HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
      HSG = Hysterosalpingogram
      HYP = hyperstimulation
      IC = Incompetent Cervix
      ICPC = Interstate Compact
      ICSI = Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
      IF = Infertility
      IF = Intended Father
      IKWYM = I know what you mean
      IM = Intramuscular injections
      IM = Intended Mother
      IMHO = In my humble opinion
      IOR = Immature Oocyte Retrieval
      IP's = Intended Parents
      IR = Insulin Resistant
      IUI = Intrauterine Insemination
      IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
      IVIg = Intravenous Immunoglobulin
      KWIM = Know What I Mean
      LAC = Licensed Acupuncturist
      LAP = Laparoscopy
      LH = Luteinizing Hormone
      LMAO = Laughing my @$$ off
      LOL = Laughing Out Loud
      LOL = Lots Of Love
      LSC = Low Sperm Count
      LPD = Luteal-Phase Defect
      MC = Miscarriage
      MESA = Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
      MIL = Mother-In-Law
      MS = Morning Sickness
      OCP = Oral Contraceptive Pill
      OD = Ovulatory Dysfunction
      OHSS = Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
      OPK = Ovulation Predictor Kit
      OV = Ovulated
      PA = Pelvic Adhesions
      PCO = Polycystic Ovary Disease
      PCOS = Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
      PCT = Post Coital Test
      PE = Pre-Eclampsia
      PG = Pregnant
      PGD = Prei-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
      PID = Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
      PIO = Progesterone In Oil
      PIP's = Previous Intended Parents
      PLT = Pre-term Labor
      PMS = Pre-menstrual Syndrome
      POAS = Pee On A Stick (home pregnancy test)
      POF = Premature Ovarian Failure
      PTL = pre-term labor
      PROG = Progesterone
      PUPO = Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise
      RE = Reproductive Endocrinologist
      ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing
      ROFLMAO = Rolling on the floor laughing my @$$ off
      RPL = Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
      SA = Semen Analysis
      SAHM = Stay at home moms
      SC = Subcutaneous Injections
      SCH = SubChorionic Hemorrhage
      SI = Secondary Infertility
      SIL = Sister-In-Law
      SIS = Sister in surrogacy
      SM = Surrogate Mother
      SP = Sperm Count
      S/S = Signs and Symptoms
      STD = Sexually Transmitted Disease
      Stims = stimulation drugs
      Stimming = using drugs to stimulate the ovaries
      TIA = Thanks In Advance
      TET = Tubal Embryo Transfer
      THX = Thanks
      TMI = Too Much Information
      Totsicle = frozen embryo on ice
      TS = Traditional Surrogate
      TSH = Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
      TTC = Trying to Conceive
      TX = Treatment
      UR = Urologist
      US = Ultra Sound
      UTI = Urinary Track Infection
      YIDI = Yes I Did It
      YW = You're Welcome
      ZIFT = Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer
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