Thursday, January 10, 2008

ART acronyms and abbreviations

“Aunt Flo” / menstrual cycle
AFC antral follicle count
AH assisted hatching
AI artificial insemination
advanced maternal age, American Medical Association
AO anovulation, anovulatory
ART assisted reproductive technology
ASA antisperm antibodies
AWOL a woman on Lupron

BBT basal body temperature
BBs breasts
BCP birth control pills
BD baby dance (get it?)
BFN big fat negative (pregnancy test)
BFP big fat positive (pregnancy test)
Blast blastocyst
BMI body mass index
B/W bloodwork

CBE Clear-Blue Easy (hpt brand)
cycle day
CM cervical mucus
CP cervical position

D&C dilation & curettage
DC dear child
DD dear daughter
DE donor egg
Dembie donor embryo
DH dear husband
DI donor insemination
DOR diminished ovarian reserve
DP dear partner
DPO days past ovulation
DPT days past transfer
DS donor sperm, dear son
DTD do (or did) the deed (get that one too?)
Dx diagnosis

E2 estradiol
EDD estimated due date
Embie embryo
EPO evening primrose oil
EPT Early Pregnancy Test (hpt brand)
ER egg retrieval, emergency room
ET embryo transfer
EWCM eggwhite cervical mucus

FB Fertility Blend (proprietary vitamin-herbal blend)
FET frozen embryo transfer
FK furkid (pet)
FM fertility monitor
FMU first morning urine
FP follicular phase
FRER First Response Early Results (hpt)
FSH follicle stimulating hormone

GIFT gamete intrafallopian transfer
gonadotropin releasing hormone

HCG human chorionic gonadotropin
HPT home pregnancy test
HSG hysterosalpingogram
Hx history

IC Internet cheapie (generic hpt)
intracytoplasmic sperm injection
IF infertility
IM intramuscular
IUI intrauterine insemination
IVF in vitro fertilization
IVIg intravenous immunoglobulin

Lap laparoscopy
LH luteinizing hormone
LMP last menstrual period (start date)
LP luteal phase
LPD luteal phase defect

MF male factor
MFI male factor infertility
Morph morphology (sperm shape)

NICU neonatal intensive care unit
natural killer cells
NMW nurse midwife
NP nurse practitioner, naturopath

O ovulation
OB/GYN obstetrician/gynecologist
OPK ovulation predictor kit
OR ovarian reserve, operating room
OTC over the counter
OHSS ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome
primary care physician
PCT post-coital test
Peri perineonatologist
PG Pregnant
PGD preimplantation genetic diagnosis
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PIO progesterone in oil (injection)
PMS premenstrual syndrome
PNV prenatal vitamin
POAS pee on a stick (the stick = an hpt)
POF premature ovarian failure
Preemie baby born prematurely
PUPO Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise

RE reproductive endocrinologist
RN registered nurse
Rx prescription

SA semen analysis
SHG sonohysterogram
SMEP sperm meets egg plan
SO significant other
SQ subcutaneous
STD sexually transmitted disease
Stims ovulation stimulation drugs

traditional Chinese medicine
Taking Care of Your Fertility (popular book)
tubal ligation
too much information
TR tubal reversal / tubal ligation reversal
TTC trying to conceive
TWW, 2ww two-week wait (between O and time to test for pregnancy)
Tx treatment

U/S Ultrasound

VR vasectomy reversal

WBC white blood cell

ZIFT zygote intrafallopian transfer


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