If you've ever visited a fertility-related message board and wondered what a particular acronym stands for, you are not alone! Online infertility and trying to conceive (TTC) culture has developed a lingo of its own. On top of this, there are medical abbreviations that you are going to want to know too.

There are a lot of acronyms and abbreviations out there, so we have compiled a list of the most common infertility-related terms that you might want to know. If you are new to the TTC community or have recently decided that IVF is right for you, keep in mind that most people needed to look up these terms up at one point.

AcronymFertility-Related Term
2WWTwo-week wait
AFAunt Flo
AFCAntral follicle count
AIArtificial insemination
AMAAdvanced maternal age
AMHAnti-mullerian hormone
ARTAssisted reproductive technology
BBTBasal body temperature
BDBaby dance
BetaBeta hCG test
BFPBig fat negative
BFPBig fat positive
CCSComprehensive chromosomal screening
CDCycle day
CMCervical mucus
D&CDilation & curettage
D&EDilation & evacuation
DEDonor eggs
DP3DTDays post 3-day transfer
DP5DTDays post 5-day transfer
DPODays post ovulation
DPRDays post-retrieval
DPTDays post-transfer
EmbabyEmbryo
ETEmbryo transfer
FETFrozen embryo transfer
FSHFollicle-stimulating hormone
FTTAFertile thoughts to all
GnRHGonadotrophin-releasing hormone
hCGHuman chorionic gonadotropin
HPTHome pregnancy test
HSGHysterosalpingogram
ICSIIntracytoplasmic sperm injection
IUIIntrauterine insemination
IVFIn vitro fertilization
LHLuteinizing hormone
LMPLast menstrual period
MTFHRMethylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase
NKNatural killer cells
OATOligoasthenoteratozoospermia
OHSS

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)

OPKOvulation predictor kit
PGDPreimplantation genetic diagnosis
PGSPreimplantation genetic screening
PIOProgesterone in oil
POASPee on a stick
POFPremature ovarian failure
PUPOPregnant until proven otherwise
REReproductive endocrinologist
RPLRecurrent pregnancy loss
SCHSubchorionic hemorrhage
SETSingle embryo transfer
TTCTrying to conceive
TVUSTransvaginal ultrasound


There seem to be two mindsets when it comes to infertility abbreviations or slang terms. Some people like fertility abbreviations because they make a very personal, heavy topic a touch easier to discuss. For some, it is just easier to say BD (baby dance) or AF (Aunt Flo). Others feel that sticking to the medical terminology is the best way to handle a medical condition and prefer using the actual terms: sex and menstrual period. Whatever your personal preference, feeling out-of-the-loop certainly isn't necessary.

On top of forum-lingo, there is often medical information that is relevant to these online conversations, making acronyms really convenient - especially if you are typing on a hand-held device. Typing out works like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome or intracytoplasmic sperm injection just isn't practical. Embracing medical acronyms can also be useful as they are likely to be used during your consultations with medical professionals.