Dealing with incoming enquiries daily and speaking with seasoned fertility patients, we sometimes get confused by all the acronyms and jargon used so we thought this week we would do a bit of a summary to explain the meanings. As we like to keep in the loop with the fertility world and some of our patients are active on the fertility forums and blogs.

AF – Aunt Flow (menstrual period)

AFC – Antral Follicle Count

AMH – Anti Mullerian Hormone

BFN – Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test result)

BFP – Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test result)

BMI – Body Mass Index

C# – Cycle Number

CD56# – Natural Killer Cells

CRL – Crown Rump Length

D & C – Dilatation & Curettage

D & E – Dilatation & Evacuation

DE – Donor Egg

DET – Double Embryo Transfer

DHAC – Doesn’t / Don’t have a clue

DI- Donor Insemination

DITD – Down in the Dumps

DP3DT – Days Post 3 Day Transfer

DP5DT – Days Post 5 Day Transfer

DPO – Days Post Ovulation

DPR – Days Post Retrieval

DPT – Days Post Transfer

DW / DH – Dear Wife / Dear Husband

EDD – Estimated Due Date

Endo – Endometriosis

ET – Embryo Transfer

FET – Frozen Embryo Transfer

FSH – Follicle Stimulating Hormone

GnRH – Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone

HFEA – Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act

HPT – Home Pregnancy Test

HSC – Hysteroscopy

HTH – Hope this helps

HyCoSy – Hysterosalpingo Contrast Sonography

IC – Internet Cheapie (pregnancy test)

ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Injection

IF – Infertility

IIRC – If I Recall / Remember Correctly

IM Injections – Intramuscular injections

IMO – In my opinion

IMSI – Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection

IUI – Intrauterine Insemination

IVF – In Vitro Fertilisation

LAP – Laparoscopy

LH – Luteinising Hormone

LMK – Let me know

LMP – Last Menstrual Period

MC – Miscarriage

MF – Male Factor

MIL – Mother in law (FIL, SIL, BIL etc.)

NGS – Next Generation Sequencing

OH – Other Half

OHSS – Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

P4 – Progesterone

PESA – Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (PESA)

PGD – Pre-Genetic Diagnosis

PGS – Pre-Genetic Screening

POAS – Pee on a stick

PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PID – Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

POF – Premature Ovarian Failure

PV – Positive Vibes

SA – Semen Analysis

SET – Single Embryo Transfer

SO – Significant Other

TESA – Testicular Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (TESA)

TTC – Trying to Conceive

TTCAR – Trying to Conceive after Reversal

TVUS – Transvaginal Ultrasound

US – Ultrasound

WWW – Wise Women of the Web

2WW – Two Week Wait