Decoding The IVF Lingo

List of IVF Lingo and Acronyms


Trying to decode forums and websites can be time consuming.  This list can be very helpful!  I still need to reflect back on it once in a while.  
  • 2ww or TWW: Two Week Wait
  • AF: Aunt Flo (aka your period)
  • AFM: As For Me
  • BFN: Big Fat Negative
  • BFP: Big Fat Positive
  • BMS: Baby Making Sex
  • BW or B/W: Blood Work
  • DE: Donor Egg
  • DP: Dear Partner
  • DH: Dear Husband
  • DW: Dear Wife
  • DPO: Days past ovulation
  • DS: Dear Son
  • DD: Dear Daughter
  • DR: Down Regulate
  • DPT: Days Past Transfer
  • EC: Egg Collection
  • ET: Embryo Transfer
  • FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer
  • IF: Infertility
  • MC: Miscarriage
  • MS: Morning Sickness
  • HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
  • OTD: Official Test Date
  • PUPO: Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise
  • PG: Pregnancy or Pregnant
  • POAS: Pee On A Stick
  • SA: Semen Analysis
  • TTC: Trying to Conceive
  • TX: Treatment


Acronyms For Hormone Levels: 
  • E2 - Estradiol/estrogen levels
  • FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
  • LH - Luteinizing Hormone
  • P4 - Progesterone

Acronyms For Tests Used To Diagnose Infertility: 
  • HSG - Hysterosalpingogram
  • LAP - Laparoscopy
  • S/A - Sperm/semen analysis
  • SIS/SHG - Saline Infused Sonogram/Sonohysterogram

Infertility Acronyms: 

  • 3dt/5dt - the day after an embryo retrieval that your embryos are transferred back into your uterus. 3 day transfer; 5 day transfer.
  • ART - Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • blasts - blastocysts; embryos that have made it to an advanced stage of maturity. 
  • cryo - cryopreservation of embryos in an IVF cycle
  • Dx - your diagnosis
  • endo - Endometriosis
  • embies - embryos
  • ER - egg retrieval. Part of an IVF cycle.
  • ET - embryo transfer. Part of an IVF cycle.
  • FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer, for a typical IVF cycle an RE will only put back 1-2 embryos, anything else that has matured is frozen using cryopreservation. You can have a FET at a later date to use your remaining embryos.
  • follies - short for follicles, they reside in your ovaries and produce eggs each menstrual cycle
  • hCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, this is the trigger shot that forces your body to ovulate when you are on meds.
  • HOM - High Order Multiples, i.e. pregnancies that result in 3 or more babies
  • HRT - Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • ICSI - Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, a procedure done with IVF
  • IF - infertility
  • IUI - Intra-uterine Insemination
  • IVF - In Vitro Fertilization
  • MFI - Male Factor Infertility
  • OHSS - Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
  • PCOS (POS) - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist, or a gynecologist that specializes in infertility
  • US or u/s - Ultrasound

1 comment:

  1. Some of these were good for me to see! You would think I knew them all by now.

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