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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.

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
  • Chromo = Chromopertubation
  • CL = Corpus luteum
  • CM = Cervical Mucus
  • CMV = Cytomegalovirus
  • CNM = Certified Nurse Midwife
  • CP = Cervical position
  • CVS = Chorionic Villi Sampling
  • CY = Cycle

D

  • 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
  • DOST = Direct Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
  • DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
  • Dx = Diagnosis

E

  • E2 = Estradiol
  • EB, EMB = Endometrial Biopsy
  • EDD = Estimated Due Date
  • 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
  • FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
  • FM = Fertility Monitor
  • FMU = First morning urine
  • FP = Follicular Phase
  • FRE = First Response Early
  • FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone

G

  • GCT = Glucose Challenge Test
  • GIFT = Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer
  • GnRH = Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
  • GP = General Practitioner
  • GTT = Glucose Tolerance Test

H

  • hCG =  Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone)
  • HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
  • HEPA = Hamster Egg Penetration Assay
  • HMG = Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
  • HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
  • HRT = Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • HSC =  Hysteroscopy
  • HSG =  Hysterosalpingogram
  • HSG = Hysterosalpingogram
  • Hx = History

I

  • ICI = Intra-Cervical Insemination
  • ICSI =  Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
  • ICSI = Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
  • IF =  Infertility
  • IM = Intramuscular (injections)
  • INF - Infertility
  • IOR = Immature Oocyte Retrieval
  • ITI = Intra-tubal Insemination
  • IUGR = Intrauterine Growth Restriction
  • IUI = Intrauterine Insemination
  • IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
  • IVIg = Intravenous Immunoglobulin

J

K

L

  • LAD = Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
  • LAP = Laparoscopy
  • LH = Luteinizing Hormone
  • LIT = Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
  • LMP = Last Menstrual Period (start date)
  • LP =  Luteal phase
  • LPD = Luteal Phase Defect
  • 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)
  • MS =  Morning Sickness

N

  • NEST = Non-surgical Embryonic Selective Thinning
  • NK = Natural Killer Cells (CD56+)
  • NO = No Ovulation
  • NORIF = Non-Stimulated Oocyte Retrieval in (office) Fertilization
  • NP =  Nurse Practitioner
  • NSA = Non-Surgical Sperm Aspiration
  • NST = Non-Stress Test

O

  • O =  Ovulation
  • OB =  Obstetrician
  • OB/GYN = Obstetrician/Gynecologist
  • OC =  Oral Contraceptives
  • 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
  • PMS = Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
  • POAS =  Pee On A Stick
  • POF = Premature Ovarian Failure
  • PROM = Premature Rupture of Membranes

R

  • RE = Reproductive Endocrinologist (Infertility specialist)
  • R-hFSH = Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone
  • RI = Reproductive Immunologist
  • ROS = Reactive Oxygen Species
  • ROTBA Reality on the Blink Again
  • RPL = Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • RSA = Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
  • Rx = Prescription

S

  • S/A =  Sperm/semen analysis
  • SA = Semen Analysis
  • SART = Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • SHG =  Sonohysterogram
  • SI = Secondary Infertility
  • SLE = Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Sono HSG =  Sonohysterogram
  • SOP Standard Operational Procedure
  • SPA = Sperm Penetration Assay
  • STD = Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • SUZI = Sub-Zonal Insertion

T

  • TeBG = Testosterone-Estradiol-Binding Globulin
  • TESE = Testicular Sperm Extraction
  • TET = Tubal Embryo Transfer
  • TL =  Tubal Ligation
  • 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

  • V =  Vasectomy
  • VR =  Vasectomy Reversal

W

  • WBC = White Blood Cells

Y

  • YI = Yeast Infection

Z

  • ZIFT = Zygote Intra-Fallopian Transfer

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