Things About Infertility Speak

Several of you aren’t from my IF boards so just for you….here is a translation list of popular infertility abbreviations:

2WW- two week wait (the wait between an IUI or IVF and the pregnancy test)
ART – assisted reproductive technology
BCP – birth control pills
Beta – a blood pregnancy test and number of amount of HCG in the system
BFN- big fat negative (boo)
BFP – big fat positive (yay!)
D &C- dilation and curettage (just know that you don’t ever want one or two)
Embies – embryos
ER – egg retrieval (1st of 2 procedures in IVF)
ET – embryo transfer(2nd of 2 procedures in IVF)
FET – frozen embryo transfer
Follies – ovarian follicles which contain growing eggs
HCG – human chorionic gonadotropin – pregnancy hormone
HPT – home pregnancy test (see POAS)
HSG – Hysteroslapingogram (aka Painful Dye Injection into your uterus)
ICSI – intracytoplasmic sperm injection (used with IVF) – sperm are injected directly into the egg to aid fertilization
IF – infertility
IVF – InVitro Fertilization (in other words Taking your eggs mixing them with sperm in a petry dish and puttin’ ’em back in)
Injectibles – stims that are injected (Menopur, Bravelle, etc)
IUI – intrauterine insemination
IVF – in vitro fertilization
OPK – ovulation predictor kit
PGD – Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (A test used to determine if there are genetic abnormalities in embryos prior to Embryo Transfer in IVF)
POAS – pee on a stick (i.e. take a home pregnancy test)
RE – reproductive endocronologist
SHG – sonohysterogram (with the emphasis on ‘hysterical’)
Stims- drugs that stimulate egg production
Trigger – HCG shot that causes ovulation
TTC – trying to conceive


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