Glossary of Terms

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

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
  • 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
  • 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

V
  • V:
    Vasectomy
  • VR:
    Vasectomy Reversal

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

V
  • V:
    Vasectomy
  • VR:
    Vasectomy Reversal

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

Z
  • ZIFT:
    Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer