Abbreviations - Acronyms
Common terms used on IVF messageboards.
|2WW||Two week wait|
|16dp3dt||16 days past 3 day transfer|
|AF||Aunt Flo = period arriving / bleeding starting|
|AHR||Assisted Human Reproduction|
|ART||Assisted Reproductive Technologies|
|BBT||Basal Body Temperature|
|BCP||Birth Control Pill|
|Beta||hCG level blood test|
|BFP/BFN||Big Fat Positive/Negative|
|BMI||Body Mass Index|
|COH||Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation|
|EDD||Estimated Due Date|
|FSH||Follical Stimulating Hormone|
|FET||Frozen Embryo Transfer|
|GIFT||Gamete intra-fallopian tube transfer|
|hCG||Human Chorionic Gonadfotropin|
|HPT||Home Pregnancy Test|
|ICSI||Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection|
|IVF||In Vitro Fertilization|
|IVIg||Intra-venous immunoglobulin therapy|
|IVM||In Vitro Maturation|
|LMP||Last Menstrual Period|
|LPD||Luteal Phase Defect|
|NK (Cells)||Natural Killer Cells|
|OHSS||Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome|
|PCO||Polycystic Ovarian Disease|
|PCOS||Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome|
|PCP||Primary Care Physician|
|PGD||Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis|
|PID||Pelvic Inflammatory Disease|
|POAS||Pee on a stick - home pregnancy test|
|POF||Premature Ovarian Failure|
|PUPO||Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise|
|TCM||Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|TDI||Therapeutic Donor Insemination|
|TET||Tubal Embryo Transfer|
|TSH||Thyroid Stimulating Hormone|
|TTC||Trying To Conceive|
|ZIFT||Zygote intra-fallopian tube transfer|
Andrologist: A physician who specializes in male infertility, semen analysis and hormone production.
Embryologist: A Clinical Embryologist is a specialist in embryo development. In a modern laboratory, embryologists are responsible for sperm washing, IVF, ICSI, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, cord blood banking, and research into new techniques such as egg freezing.
Geneticist: A specialist in the areas of biology that deal with genetic make-up and heredity. Geneticists in the field of human reproductive medicine focus on eggs and sperm, as well as the embryos and offspring resulting from fertilization.
Ob/gyn or O&G: (Obstetrics and gynaecology) A physician who specializes in general women's medical care, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the female reproductive system, and care of pregnant women.
Primary Care Physician: A licensed general practitioner of medicine who provides health care for commonly encountered medical problems and refers patients to medical specialists where necessary.
Reproductive Endocrinologist: A Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) is a physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of subfertility. REs order investigations and run treatment protocols, up to and including retrieval and transfer in an IVF cycle. REs are also responsible for management of the first trimester of pregnancy.
Urologist: A physician who specializes in the branch of medicine (urology) concerned with the anatomy, physiology, disorders, and care of the male and female urinary tract, as well as the male genital tract.