• Eva

Basic glossary for IVF beginners.

Step 1 of preparation: speak the IVF language.


I believe that self-education is a very important step for IVF preparation. You can find plenty of articles and studies to read. One topic is going to lead to another, giving you endless information about IVF and all its details.



"To be honest, it was very difficult for me to understand the comments at first, because of these almost code-like short form terms. It is like a secret language which is spoken by our special community only."

Visiting fertility or IVF forums can be really helpful as well, and these are a great source of information especially for a new bird like me. It helps me to know what is going to happen with me, and I also can gain knowledge from other’s experience (and sometimes learn from other’s mistakes, for example: why don’t take a pregnancy test too early).


I don’t know how much time you have spent on IVF or fertility blogs, but if you have visited at least one, you might have noticed that it’s full of acronyms. To be honest, it was very difficult for me to understand the comments at first, because of these almost code-like short form terms. It is like a secret language which is spoken by our special community only.


To make the life of the new birdies – as myself – easier, I decided to collect the basics of the IVF vocabulary. Have fun, learn a lot, educate yourself!



2WW: 2 weeks wait (from embryo transfer until pregnancy test)

AF: Aunt Flo, Period, or Menstrual Cycle

BCP: Birth Control Pills

BA: Baby Aspirin (low-dose aspirin to improve chances)

BD: Baby Dance (sex)

Beta: HCD pregnancy test

BFN: Big Fat Negative (negative pregnancy test)

BFP: Big Fat Positive (positive pregnancy test)

CB: Cycle Buddy (someone who is on IVF at the same time)

CD: (menstrual) cycle day

DE: Donor Egg

DH: Dear Husband

DI: Donor Husband (sperm donor)

DPO: Days Post-Ovulation

DPR: Days Post-Retrieval

DPT: Days Post-(Embryo)Transfer

DP5DT: Days Post 5-Day Transfer

DW: Dear Wife

EPT: Early Pregnancy Test

ER: Egg Retrieval

ET: Embryo Transfer

Frostie: Frozen Embryo

FSH: Follicle-Stimulating Hormone

HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone)

HPT: Home Pregnancy Test

HX: History

IF: Infertility

IUI: Intra-Uterine Insemination

IVF: In Vitro Fertilization

LMP: Last Menstrual Period (first day)

LSP: Low Sperm Count

MC: Miscarriage

MF: Male Factor

O, OV: Ovulation

OB/GYN: Obstetrician / Gynecologist

OHSS: Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

PG: Pregnant

PMS: Pre-Menstrual Syndrome

POAS: Pee On a Stick

RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist

RPL: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

SA: Semen Analysis

S/S: Signs/Symptoms

TTC: Trying To Conceive

TX: Treatment

US: Ultrasound

WNL: Within Normal Limits



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