Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Fertility Acronyms


Go ahead, get out your glasses folks.  Step right up and take the Fertility Eye Exam!  Wait, this isn't an eye exam...those are Fertility Acronyms!  WHEW...I wasn't prepared for an exam!

Fertility has a language all its own.  The acronyms and abbreviations for terminology is overwhelming for a first timer in the mix.  You really need a decoder to carry in your pocket to understand the lingo.  Or a blog reference sheet that you can revert to when you're trying to understand what you're reading.  Hello Blog Reference Sheet HERE!

This won't be as mind blowing as discovering the crummy commercial in A Christmas Story, which is a favorite movie of mine that I watch EVERY Christmas Eve for 24 hours straight while I tear through the house wrapping last minute gifts and enjoying a swiss colony beef log and some port wine cheese ball on a Ritz cracker! I can quote this movie from start to finish all the way to to Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra...Ra Ra Ra Raaaaaaa!!!

But this will be eye opening and it will definitely serve as my reminder on what I'm reading from others and what I'm saying to you!  So let's get to those acronyms!

2WW = 2-Week Wait
AF = Aunt Flo (menstruation)
AH, AZH = Assisted Hatching
AHI = At-home Insemination
AI = Artificial Insemination
AO = Anovulation
ART = Assisted Reproductive Technology
BBT = Basal Body Temperature
BCP = Birth Control Pills
BFN = Big Fat Negative
BFP = Big Fat Positive
BW, b/w = Bloodwork
C# = Cycle Number
CB = Cycle Buddy
CD = Cycle Day
CF = Cervical Fluid
CM = Cervical Mucus
COH = Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
CP = Cervical Position
D&C = Dilation & Curettage
D&E = Dilation & Evacuation
DE = Donor Eggs
DI = Donor Insemination
DOR = Diminished Ovarian Reserve
DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
DPR = Days Post-Retrieval
DPT = Days Post-Transfer
Dx = Diagnosis
E2 = Estradiol
EB, EMB = Endometrial Biopsy
EDD = Estimated Due Date
ENDO = Endometriosis
EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
ET = Embryo Transfer
FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
FP = Follicular Phase
FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone
GD = Gestational Diabetes
GnRH = Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
GP = General Practitioner
GTT = Glucose Tolerance Test
hCG, HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
HSC = Hysteroscopy
HSG = Hysterosalpingogram
ICI = Intra-cervical Insemination
ICSI = Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IF = Infertility
IOR = Immature Oocyte Retrieval
IR = Insulin Resistant
ITI = Intra-tubal Insemination
IUI = Intra-uterine Insemination
IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
LAP = Laparoscopy
LH = Luteinizing Hormone
LM = Low Motility
LMP = Last Menstrual Period (start date)
LP = Luteal Phase
LPD = Luteal Phase Defect
LSP = Low Sperm Count
MB = Miltiple Birhts
MC, m/c, misc. = Miscarriage
MESA = Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
MFI = Male Factor Infertility
MRI = Magnetic Resonance Imaging
NEST = Non-surgical Embryonic Selective Thinning
NP = Nurse Practitioner
NSA = Non-surgical Sperm Aspiration
O, OV = Ovulation
OB = Obstetrician
OB/GYN = Obstetrician/Gynecologist
OC = Oral Contraceptives
OD = Ovulatory Dysfunction
OHSS = Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit
OPT = Ovulation Predictor Test
OTC = Over The Counter
OW = Overweight
P4 = Progesterone
PA = Physician's Assistant
PCAO= Polycystic Appearing Ovaries
PCO = Polycystic Ovaries
PCOD = Polycystic Ovary Disease
PCOS = Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCP = Primary Care Physician
PCT = Post Coital Test
PESA = Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
PG = Pregnant
PGD = Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
PI = Primary Infertility
PID = Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PMS = Pre-menstrual Syndrome
PNM = Perinatal Mortality
POC = Products of Conception
POF = Premature Ovarian Failure
RE = Reproductive Endocrinologist
Rx = Prescription
SA = Semen Analysis
SART = Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology
s/b, S/B = Stillbirth
SIS = Saline Injection Sonogram
T4 = Thyroxine
TEBG = Testosterone-Estradiol Binding Globulin
TESA = Testicular Sperm Aspiration
TESE = Testicular Sperm Extraction
TET = Tubal Embryo Transfer
TL = Tubal Ligation
TTC = Trying to Conceive
TTCAR = Trying to Conceive after Reversal
TUFT = Trans-uterine Fallopian Transfer
Tx = Treatment
UR = Urologist
US, u/s = Ultrasound
V = Vasectomy
VR = Vasectomy Reversal
ZIFT = Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR there are HOW MANY!!!??  Is this a complete list??  NO FOLKS, it's not even CLOSE! 

This is before you add the litany of regular internet acronyms!

TTC w/MFI due to LSC and LM.  Pursuing IUI with FSH first and hoping we don't have MB.

What a mouthful!