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Get to know the most common shortcuts for all things pregnancy with our complete list of pregnancy and fertility acronyms and abbreviations. Most are widely used in forums and in 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