When going through fertility treatment, you’ll encounter terms, phrases, and acronyms that you’ve likely never heard before. Whether a website is talking about PCOS symptoms or what a FET is like, you might get overwhelmed by the multitude of different labels there are in the fertility community.

Use this quick cheat sheet when you need help deciphering some of the more common fertility terms and acronyms until you feel like a pro!


ANA: Antinuclear antibodies

ART: Assisted reproductive technology

ASRM: American Society of Reproductive Medicine


BBT: Basal body temperature

BCP: Birth control pills

Beta: a pregnancy blood test that measures the level of hCG

BFN: Big fat negative (negative pregnancy test)

BFP: Big fat positive (positive pregnancy test)

BW: Bloodwork


CCT: Clomid challenge test

CD: Cycle day (a specific day in your menstrual cycle)

CM: Cervical mucus


D&C: Dilation and curettage

DE: Donor eggs

DOR: Diminished ovarian reserve

DPT: Days post-transfer: days after an embryo transfer

DPO: Days post-ovulation (used while waiting to take a pregnancy test)

Dx: Diagnosis


E2: Estradiol

EDD: Estimated due date

ENDO: Endometriosis

ER: Egg retrieval

ERA: Endometrial receptivity array

ET: Embryo transfer

EWCM: Egg white cervical mucus: describing the consistency of cervical mucus present around ovulation


FET: Frozen embryo transfer

FSH: Follicle-stimulating hormone


GnRH: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone

GIFT: Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer


HCG: Human chorionic gonadotropin: the hormone tested to determine pregnancy

HPT: Home pregnancy test

HSG: Hysterosalpingogram


ICSI: Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection

IF: Infertility

IM: Intramuscular injections

IUI: Intrauterine insemination

IVF: In vitro fertilization

IVIg: Intravenous immunoglobulin


Lap: Laparoscopy

LH: Luteinizing hormone

LMP: Last menstrual period


MC, M/C: Miscarriage

MF: Male factor


O: Ovulation

OB, OB/GYN: Obstetrician or obstetrician/gynecologist

OHSS: Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

OPT or OPK: Ovulation predictor test or ovulation predictor kit


P4, Prog: Progesterone

PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome

PGT-A: preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies

PGT-M: preimplantation genetic testing for monogenic defects

PRP: Platelet-Rich Plasma

PCP: Primary care physician

PESA: Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration

PID: Pelvic inflammatory disease

PMS: Pre-menstrual syndrome

POF: Premature ovarian failure


RE: Reproductive endocrinologist

RI: Reproductive immunologist

RPL: Recurrent pregnancy loss


SA: Semen analysis

SART: Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology

SHG: Sonohysterogram

SPA: Sperm penetration assay

SubQ: Subcutaneous injection


T4: Thyroxine

TESA: Testicular Sperm Aspiration

TI: Timed intercourse

TET: Tubal Embryo Transfer

TSH: Thyroid-stimulating hormone

TTC: Trying to conceive

TWW or 2WW: Two-week wait (time-frame between ovulation your pregnancy test)


US: Ultrasound


WNL: Within normal limits


ZIFT: Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer


You might feel like this list is overwhelming, but we promise you’ll be an expert in no time! Use this cheat sheet when in a pinch, and arm yourself with the proper fertility lingo that’ll have your physician asking if you went to medical school in no time!


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So, is New Hope the right center for you? Our goal is to provide you with the best IVF experience possible. As the first facility to implement the revolutionary Mini IVF protocol, our team is well versed in helping women of all ages reach their fertility goals. Our team understands infertility is a personal journey, so we custom design fertility treatments for the individual to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. New Hopes specialists believe in putting the patient first and being with them through every step of the fertility journey. If you want compassionate fertility care, New Hope is the right place for you. Call us at (212) 517-7676 or schedule your initial consultation today!