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Pregnancy Acronyms and Abbreviations

    Our complete list of  pregnancy and fertility acronyms and abbreviations are widely used in forums and pregnancy and TTC communities.

    Terminology

    • G= Gravida means # of Pregnancy
    • P= Parity means # of deliveries > 20 weeks , Ptpal (T=term,preterm,abortion, live child)
    • Term= > 37 wks,< 42 wks, or >2500 gms
    • Preterm= 20-37 wks,>500 gms <2500gms
    • Abortion= <20 weeks, <500gms,<25cm
    • Post term= >42 weeks
    • Puerperium= birth -42 days postpartum
    • Trimesters: 1st <12 wks, 2nd = 13-28 wks, 3rd = >28 wks

    A

    B

    C

    • CAH = Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia 
    • CASA = Computer-Assisted Semen Analysis 
    • CCCT= Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test(Clomid Challenge) 
    • CD = Cycle Day
    • CF =  Cervical Fluid
    • Chl = chlamydia, usually referring to gen probe
    • Chromo = Chromopertubation
    • CL = Corpus luteum
    • CM = Cervical Mucus
    • CMV = Cytomegalovirus
    • CNM = Certified Nurse Midwife
    • CP = Cervical position
    • Ctx = contractions
    • CVAT = costovetebral angle tenderness, a symptom of pyelonephritis
    • CVS = Chorionic Villi Sampling
    • CY = Cycle

    D

    • DB = Dear Brother
    • D&C = Dilation and Curettage
    • D&E = Dilation and Evacuation
    • DE = Donor Eggs
    • DES = Diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen)
    • DI = Donor Insemination
    • DIPI = Direct Intra-Peritoneal Insemination
    • DM = diabetes mellitus, may see GDM (gestational)
    • DOST = Direct Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
    • DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
    • DR = delivery room
    • DS = Dear Sister
    • Dx = Diagnosis

    E

    • E2 = Estradiol
    • EB, EMB = Endometrial Biopsy
    • EBL = estimated blood loss
    • EDC = estimated date of confinement (due date)
    • EDD = Estimated Due Date
    • EFW - estimated fetal weight (sono)
    • Endo = Endometriosis
    • EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
    • ET = Embryo Transfer
    • ETA = Embryo Toxicity Assay
    • ETF = Embryo Toxic Factor
    • ETLA = Enhanced TLA
    • EW = Egg White Consistency (refering to CM)
    • EWCM = Egg-white cervical mucus

    F

    • FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
    • FBS = fasting blood sugar
    • FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
    • FFN = fetal fibronectin
    • FH = fundal height
    • FHT = fetal heart tones
    • FM = Fertility Monitor
    • FMU = First morning urine
    • FOC = father of child
    • FP = Follicular Phase
    • FRE = First Response Early
    • FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone
    • FTG = Foley to gravity

    G

    • GA = gestational age
    • GCT = Glucose Challenge Test
    • GIFT = Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer
    • GnRH = Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
    • GP = General Practitioner
    • G#P# = gravida, para
                  G = total # of pregnancies
                  P = total # of delivered pregnancies
                              T = total # of term deliveries (after 37 weeks)
                              P = total # of preterm deliveries (20-36 weeks)
                              A = total # of abortions/miscarriages (before 20 weeks)
                              L = total # of living children
                  * Note:  for TPA twins count as one number, but for L they count as two
    • GTT = Glucose Tolerance Test

    H

    • HBsAg = Hepatitis B surface Antigen
    • hCG =  Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone)
    • HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
    • HEPA = Hamster Egg Penetration Assay
    • HGSIL = high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion
    • HMG = Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
    • HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
    • HRT = Hormone Replacement Therapy
    • HSC = Hysteroscopy
    • HSG = Hysterosalpingogram; Hysterosalpingography
    • HTN = hypertension, may see CHTN (chronic)
    • Hx = History

    I

    • IAL = in active labor; may see NIAL (not)
    • ICSI =  Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
    • IDC = indirect Coomb's test
    • IF =  Infertility
    • IM = Intramuscular (injections)
    • INF - Infertility
    • IOR = Immature Oocyte Retrieval
    • ITI = Intra-tubal Insemination
    • IUFD = Intrauterine fetal demise
    • IUF-ET = In-vitro fertilization with embryo transfer
    • IUGR = Intrauterine Growth Restriction
    • IUI = Intrauterine Insemination
    • IUP = Intrauterine pregnancy; may see PTIUP (preterm), TIUP (term)
    • IVDA = Intravenous drug abuse
    • IVF = In-vitro Fertilization
    • IVIg = Intravenous Immunoglobulin

    J

    K

    L

    • LAD = Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
    • LAP = Laparoscopy
    • L/C/P = long, closed, posterior cervical exam when a woman is not in labor
    • LGA = large for gestational age
    • LGSIL = low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion
    • LH = Luteinizing Hormone
    • LIT = Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
    • LMP = Last Menstrual Period (start date)
    • LP =  Luteal phase
    • LPD = Luteal Phase Defect
    • LTCS = Low transverse cesarean section; refers to type of incision on the uterus and not the skin
    • LUF = Luteinized Unruptured Follicle

    M

    • MC, m/c, misc. = Miscarriage
    • MESA = Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
    • MF =  Male Factor
    • MFM = Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High Risk Ob)
    • MGA = Mean gestational age (sono)
    • MI = Menstrual index: age of pt at 1st period/cycle length/duration of period
    • MLE = Midline episiotomy, usually preceded by degree, e.g. 2° MLE
    • MMR = Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine; given to Rubella sensitive pts post-partum
    • MS =  Morning Sickness
    • MSAFP = Maternal serum alpha feto protein; prenatal test for Down's if increased for neural tube defects if decreased - screening test only

    N

    • NEST = Non-surgical Embryonic Selective Thinning
    • NK = Natural Killer Cells (CD56+)
    • NMDC = No malignant or dysplastic cells; pap smear results
    • NO = No Ovulation
    • NORIF = Non-Stimulated Oocyte Retrieval in (office) Fertilization
    • NP =  Nurse Practitioner
    • NSA = Non-Surgical Sperm Aspiration
    • NST = Non-stress test; may see NST-NR (non-reactive) or NST-R (reactive)
    • NTD = Neural tube defect; e.g. meningomyelocele, spina bifida

    O

    • O =  Ovulation
    • OB =  Obstetrician
    • OB/GYN = Obstetrician/Gynecologist
    • OC =  Oral Contraceptives
    • OCP = Oral contraceptive pill; also written BCP (birth control pill)
    • OCT = Oxytocin Challenge Test
    • OHSS =  Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
    • OPK =  Ovulation Predictor Kit
    • OTC =  Over-the-counter

    P

    • P4 =  Progesterone
    • PA =  Physician's Assistant
    • PC =  Post-Coital
    • PCO, PCOD = Polycystic Ovary Disease
    • PCOS = Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    • PCP =  Primary Care Physician
    • PCT = Post-Coital Test
    • PESA = Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
    • PG = Pregnant
    • PGD = Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
    • PI = Primary Infertility
    • PID = Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
    • PIO =  Progesterone In Oil
    • PLI = Paternal Leukocyte Immunization
    • PML = Preterm (premature) labor
    • PMS = Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
    • PNV = Prenatal vitamins
    • POAS =  Pee On A Stick
    • POD# = Post op day #
    • POF = Premature Ovarian Failure
    • PPD# = Post-partum day #
    • PROM = Premature Rupture of Membranes

    R

    • RE = Reproductive Endocrinologist (Infertility specialist)
    • R-hFSH = Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone
    • RI = Reproductive Immunologist
    • ROM = Rupture of membranes (broken bag of water); may see AROM (artificial), PROM (preterm = less than 37 weeks), SROM (spontaneous), PPROM (preterm, premature = 12 to 24 hours before labor starts)
    • ROS = Reactive Oxygen Species
    • ROTBA Reality on the Blink Again
    • RPL = Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
    • RSA = Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
    • Rub = Rubella, usually refers to the titer
    • Rx = Prescription

    S

    • S/A =  Sperm/semen analysis
    • SA = Semen Analysis
    • SART = Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology
    • SGA = Small for gestational age
    • SHG =  Sonohysterogram
    • SI = Secondary Infertility
    • SIL = Sister-in-Law
    • SLE = Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
    • Sono HSG =  Sonohysterogram
    • SOP Standard Operational Procedure
    • SPA = Sperm Penetration Assay
    • STD = Sexually Transmitted Disease
    • SUZI = Sub-Zonal Insertion
    • SVD = Spontaneous vaginal delivery (no forceps or vacuum)

    T

    • TeBG = Testosterone-Estradiol-Binding Globulin
    • TESE = Testicular Sperm Extraction
    • TET = Tubal Embryo Transfer
    • TL =  Tubal Ligation
    • TOL = Trial of labor
    • TORCH = Toxoplasmosis, Other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, and Herpes test
    • TR =  Tubal Reversal
    • TRH =  Thyroid Releasing Hormone
    • TSH =  Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
    • TTC = Trying to Conceive
    • TUFT = Trans-Uterine Fallopian Transfer
    • Tx = Treatment

    U

    • US, u/s = Ultrasound or ultrasonography
    • UTI = Urinary Tract Infection

    V

    • 3VC = Three-vessel cord
    • V =  Vasectomy
    • VBAC = Vaginal birth after c-section
    • VR =  Vasectomy Reversal

    W

    • WBC = White Blood Cells
    • WBD = Weeks by dates (by LMP)

    Y

    • YI = Yeast Infection

    Z

    • ZIFT = Zygote Intra-Fallopian Transfer