Fertility acronyms

Do you find yourself in fertility forums wondering what on earth people are talking about? Are you unable to keep up with the conversation as every other word is an acronym?

Well wonder no more, I’ve compiled a list of many acronyms that you’re likely to come across. Please let me know if I’ve missed something by emailing info@thefertilitykitchen.co.uk.

You may also like to take a look at my fertility glossary for more information on technical terms.


2WW: two week wait

AF: Aunt Flo (your period)

AFM: As for me

AH: Assisted hatching

AHR: Assisted human reproduction

AMH: Anti-mullerian hormone

ART: Assisted reproduction technology

BBT: Basal body temperature

BCP: Birth control pill

BD: Bed down / baby dance (sex)

BFP: Big fat positive

BFN: Big fat negative

BMS: Baby making sex

CD: Cycle day

COH: Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation

DE: Donor egg

DET: Double embryo transfer

DFET: Donor frozen embryo transfer

DH: Darling husband

DI: Donor insemination

DPO: Days past ovulation

DPT: Days past transfer in an IVF cycle, example, 2DP5DT: 2 days past 5 day transfer or 2DP3DT: 2 days past 3 day transfer

D/R: Down regulation (first stage of IVF long protocol)

DTD: Did the deed

EC: Egg collection

ED: Egg donor

EDD: Estimated due date

EPU: Early pregnancy assessment unit

eSET: Elective single embryo transfer

ET: Embryo transfer

FET: Frozen embryo transfer

FET-HRT: Stimulated frozen embryo transfer

FP: False positive

FSH: Follicle-stimulating hormone

GEEP: Gonadotrophin exogenous oestrogen and progesterone

GIFT: Gamete intra-fallopian transfer

HCG: Human chorionic gonadotrophin

HMG: Human menopausal gonadotrophin

HPT: Home pregnancy test

HSG: Hysterosalpingogram

ICSI: Intracytoplasmic sperm injection

IF: Infertility

IUI: Intrauterine insemination

IVF: In-vitro fertilisation

IVIg: Intravenous immunoglobulin

IVM: In-vitro maturation

LH: Lutenising hormone

LMP: Last menstrual period

MESA: Microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration

MF: Male factor

MFI: Male factor infertility

MC: Miscarriage

MMC: Missed miscarriage

MST: Maternal spindle transfer

NK Cells: Natural killer cells

OHSS: Ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome

OPK: Ovulation predictor kit

OTD: Official test day

PCO: Polycystic ovaries

PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

PG: Pregnant

PGD: Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

PGS: Pre-implantation genetic screening

PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

PM: Personal message

PMSL: Pissing myself laughing

PNT: Pronuclear transfer

POAS: Pee on a stick (pregnancy test)

POI: Premature ovarian insufficiency

PTT: Pre-implantation tissue typing

PUPO: Pregnant until proven otherwise

SA: Semen analysis

SET: Single embryo transfer

SO: Significant other

TESA: Testicular Sperm Aspiration

TESE: Testicular Sperm Extraction

TTC: Trying to conceive

TX: Treatment

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