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2

  • 2WW
    2 Week Wait (Time from Ovulation/Embryo Transfer to Pregnancy Test)

A

  • ACA
    Anti-cardiolipin Antibody
  • ACTH
    Adrenal Carticotropic Hormone
  • AF
    Aunt Flo, Period, or Menstrual Cycle
  • AH
    Assisted Hatching
  • AI
    Artificial/Assisted Insemination
  • ANA
    Anti-nuclear Antibodies
  • APA
    Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
  • APTT
    Activated Partial Thrombo Time
  • ART
    Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • ASA
    Anti-sperm Antibody
  • ASRM
    American Society of Reproductive Medicine

B

  • B/W, b/w
    Bloodwork
  • BA
    Baby Aspirin
  • BBT
    Basal Body Temperature
  • BCP
    Birth Control Pills
  • Beta
    HCG pregnancy test

C

  • CAH
    Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • CASA
    Computer-assisted Semen Analysis
  • CBAVD
    Congenital Bilateral Absence of Vas Deferens
  • CCCT, CCT
    Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge Test)
  • CD
    Cycle Day
  • CF
    Cystic Fibrosis
  • CM
    Cervical Mucus
  • CMV
    Cytomegalovirus
  • COH
    Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
  • CVS
    Chorionic Villae Sampling

D

  • D&C
    Dilation and Curettage
  • D&E
    Dilation & Evacuation
  • DE
    Donor Eggs
  • DES
    Diethylstillbestrol
  • DHEAS
    Dihydroepiandrosterone
  • DIPI
    Direct Intra-peritoneal Insemination
  • DOR
    Diminished Ovarian Reserve
  • DP3DT
    Days Post 3-Day Transfer
  • DP5DT
    Days Post 5-Day Transfer
  • DPO
    Days Post-Ovulation
  • DPR
    Days Post-Retrieval
  • DPT
    Days Post-Transfer
  • Dx
    Diagnosis

E

  • E2
    Estradiol
  • ENDO
    Endometriosis
  • ER
    Egg Retrieval
  • ET
    Embryo Transfer
  • ETA
    Embryo Toxicity Assay
  • ETF
    Embryo Toxicity Factor
  • EWCM
    Egg White Cervical Mucus

F

  • FAQ
    Frequently Asked Questions
  • FBG
    Fasting Blood Glucose
  • FET
    Frozen Embryo Transfer
  • FHR
    Fetal Heart Rate
  • FI
    Fasting Insulin
  • FP
    Follicular Phase
  • Frostie
    Frozen Embryo
  • FS
    Fertility Specialist
  • FSH
    Follicle Stimulating Hormone

G

  • GD
    Gestational Diabetes
  • GI
    Gastrointestinal
  • GIFT
    Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
  • GnRH
    Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone
  • GnRH
    Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
  • GP
    General Practitioner
  • GTT
    Glucose Tolerance Test

H

  • hCG, HCG
    Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
  • HEPA
    Hamster Egg Penetration Assay
  • hMG, HMG
    Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
  • HPT
    Home Pregnancy Test
  • HRT
    Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • HSC
    Hysteroscopy
  • HSG
    Hysterosalpingogram

I/J/K

  • IBT
    Immunobead Binding Test
  • ICI
    Intra-cervical Insemination
  • ICSI
    Intra-cytoplamic Sperm Injection
  • IF
    Infertility
  • IGTT
    Insulin and Glucose Tolerance Test
  • IM
    Intramuscular injections
  • INCIID
    International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
  • IOR
    Immature Oocyte Retrieval
  • IR
    Insulin Resistant
  • ITI
    Intra-tubal Insemination
  • IUGR
    Intra-uterine Growth Retardation
  • IUI
    Intrauterine Insemination
  • IVC
    Intra-vaginal Culture
  • IVF
    In Vitro Fertilization
  • IVF/ET
    In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
  • IVIg
    Intravenous Immunoglobulin

L

  • LAD
    Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
  • LAP
    Laparoscopy
  • LH
    Luteinizing Hormone
  • LIT
    Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
  • LMP
    Last Menstrual Period (start date)
  • LP
    Luteal Phase
  • LPD
    Luteal-Phase Defect
  • LSP
    Low Sperm Count
  • LUF, LUFS
    Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome

M

  • MAI
    Miscarriage after Infertility
  • MC, m/c, misc.
    Miscarriage
  • MESA
    Microsurgical Epidiymal Sperm Aspiration
  • MF
    Male Factor
  • MMR
    Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
  • MRI
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging

N

  • NK
    Natural Killer Cells
  • NORIF
    Non-stimulated Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fertilization
  • NP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • NSA
    Non-Surgical Sperm Aspiration

O

  • O, OV
    Ovulation
  • OB
    Obstetrician
  • OB/GYN
    Obstetrician/Gynaecologist
  • OC
    Oral Contraceptives
  • OD
    Ovum Donor, Ovulatory Dysfunction
  • OHSS
    Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
  • OPK
    Ovulation Predictor Kit
  • OPT
    Ovulation Predictor Test
  • OTC
    Over the Counter

P/Q

  • P4. Prog
    Progesterone
  • PA
    Physician’s Assistant
  • PAF, PANFERT
    Pregnancy After Infertility
  • PAI-1
    Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1
  • PCO
    Polycystic Ovaries
  • PCOD
    Polycystic Ovarian Disease
  • PCOS
    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • PCP
    Primary Care Physician
  • PCT
    Post Coital Test
  • PESA
    Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
  • PG
    Pregnant
  • PGD
    Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
  • PGS
    Pre-implantation Genetic Screening
  • PI
    Primary Infertility
  • PICSI
    Physiological Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
  • PID
    Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • PIO
    Progesterone In Oil
  • PLI
    Paternal Leukocyte Immunization
  • PMN
    Perinatal Mortality
  • PMS
    Pre-menstrual Syndrome
  • POAS
    Pee On A Stick (Making reference to home pregnancy tests or ovulation tests)
  • POC
    Products of Conception
  • POF
    Premature Ovarian Failure
  • PROM
    Premature Rupture of Membranes
  • PTSD
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • PZD
    Partial Zona Dissection

R

  • R-hFSH
    Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone
  • RE
    Reproductive Endocrinologist
  • RI
    Reproductive Immunologist
  • RIP
    Reproductive Immunophynotype
  • ROS
    Reactive Oxygen Species
  • RPL
    Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • RSM
    Recurrent Spontaneous Miscarriage
  • RX
    Prescription

S

  • s/b, S/B
    Stillbirth
  • S/S
    Signs/Symptoms
  • SA
    Semen Analysis
  • SARA
    South African Register of Assisted Reproductive Techniques
  • SART
    Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • SASREG
    Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy
  • SCORIF
    Stimulated Cycle Oocyte Retrieval
  • SHG, SonoHSG
    Sonohysterogram
  • SI
    Secondary Infertility
  • SLE
    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • SPA
    Sperm Penetration Assay
  • SPALS
    Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support
  • STD
    Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • STI
    Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • SubQ
    Subcutaneous Injection
  • SUZI
    Sub – zonal Insertion

T

  • T1
    Type 1 Diabetic – Juvenile Diabetes
  • T2
    Type 2 Diabetic – Insulin Resistant, Adult Onset
  • T4
    Thyroxin
  • TDI
    Therapeutic Sperm Extraction
  • TEBG
    Testosterone – Estradiol Binding Globulin
  • TESA
    Testicular Sperm Aspiration
  • TET
    Tubal Embryo Transfer
  • TL
    Tubal Ligation
  • TORCH
    Toxoplasmosis, Other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus & Herpes Test
  • TR
    Tubal Reversal
  • TRH
    Thyroid Releasing Hormone
  • TSH
    Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
  • TTC
    Trying To Conceive
  • TTCAR
    Trying to Conceive After Reversal
  • Tx
    Treatment
  • TZD
    Thiazolidinediones

U

  • UR
    Urologist
  • US, u/s
    Ultrasound
  • UTI
    Urinary Tract Infection

V

  • V
    Vasectomy
  • VR
    Vasectomy Reversal

W

  • WBC
    White Blood Count
  • WHR
    Waist to Hip Ratio
  • WNL
    Within Normal Limits

X/Y/Z

  • ZIFT
    Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer

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