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Common Pregnancy Related Acronyms & Abbreviations

Common Pregnancy Related Acronyms & Abbreviations


AAMOF = As A Matter Of Fact
FAYK = As Far As You Know
AF = Aunt Flow
AFK = Away From Keyboard
AI = Artificial Insemination
AIH = Artificial Insemination from Husband
AISI = As I See It
AKA = Also Known As
AMAP = As Much As Possible
AML = All My Love
ANA = Anti-nuclear Antibodies
ANFSD = And Now For Something Different
AO = Anovulation
AOA, AVA = Anti-ovarian Antibody
AP = Attachment Parenting
APA = Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
ART = Assisted Reproductive Technology
ASA = Anti-sperm Antibody
ASAP = As Soon As Possible
ASRM = American Society of Reproductive Medicine
ATA = Anti-thyroid Antibody
ATM = At The Moment
AWOL = A Woman On Lupron
AWYR = Awaiting Your Reply
AYOR = At Your Own Risk
AYPI = And Your Point Is


B4 = Before
B4N = Bye For Now
BA = Baby Aspirin
BB = Bulletin Board
BBL = Be Back Later
BBSL = Be Back Sooner or Later
BBT = Basal Body Temperature
BBW = Big Beautiful Women
B/C = Because
BCP = Birth Control Pills
BD = Baby Dance (sex)
BEG = Big Evil Grin
BF = Breastfeeding/Breastfed or Boyfriend
BFFL = Best Friends For Life

BFN = Big Fat Negative

BFP = Big Fat Positive
BG = Blood Glucose
BKA = Better Known As
BOC = But Of Course
BOT = Back On Topic
BM = Breast milk
BMS = Baby-making Sex
BRB= Be Right Back
BRGS = Best regards
BSE = Breast Self-Exam
BTA = But Then Again
BTDT = Been There Done That
BTWBO = Be There With Bells On
BTW = By The Way
BW, b/w = Bloodwork
BWL = Bursting With Laughter


C4N = Ciao For Now
C# = Cycle Number
CASA = Computer-assisted Semen Analysis
CB = Cycle Buddy
CBL = Come Back Later
CCCT, CCT = Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge Test)
CD = Cycle Day
CD56+ = Natural Killer Cells
CF = Cervical Fluid
CFD = Call For Discussion
CM = Cervical Mucus
CMV = Cytomegalovirus
CNM = Certified Nurse Midwife
CNP = Continued in Next Post
COI = Come On In
COW = Curse of Womanhood (menstruation)
CP = Cervical Position
CSG = Chuckle, Snicker, Grin
CSS = Can't Stop Smiling
CUL = See/Catch You later
CVS = Chorionic Villae Sampling
CYA = See Ya
CYL8R = See You Later


DARFC = Ducking And Running For Cover
D&C = Dilation & Curettage
D&E = Dilation & Evacuation
DE = Donor Eggs
DES = Diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen)
DD = Dear Daughter, Darling Daughter
DH = Dear Husband, Darling Husband
DHAC = Don't/Doesn't Have A Clue
DI = Donor Insemination
DIIK = Damned If I Know
DIPI = Direct Intra-peritoneal Insemination
DITD = Down In The Dumps
DIY = Do It Yourself
DLN = Don't Leave Now
DOST = Direct Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
DP = Dear Partner, Darling Partner
DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
DPR = Days Post-Retrieval
DPT = Days Post-Transfer
DP3DT = Days Post 3-Day Transfer
DP3DT = Days Post 5-Day Transfer
DSD = Dear step daughter
DS = Dear Son, Darling Son
DSH = Desperately Seeking Help
DSS = Dear step son  
DTRT = Do The Right Thing
DW = Dear Wife, Darling Wife
Dx = Diagnosis


EB, EMB = Endometrial Biopsy
EDC = Estimated Date of Confinement
EDD = Estimated Due Date
EG = Evil Grin
EMSG = Email Message
ENDO = Endometriosis
EOD = End Of Discussion
EPO = Evening Primrose Oil
EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
ET = Embryo Transfer
EW, EWCM = Eggwhite Cervical Mucus
EZ = Easy


F2F = Face To Face
FAQ = Frequently Asked Question(s)
FAWC = For Anyone Who Cares
FBG = Fasting Blood Glucose
FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
FF = Formula
FHR = Fetal Heart Rate
FITB = Fill In The Blank
FOAF = Friend Of A Friend
FOC = Free Of Charge
FP = Follicular Phase
FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone
FTASB = Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
FTTA = Fertile Thoughts To All
FTTT = From Time To Time
FUR = False Unicorn Root
FV = Fertile Vibes
FWIW = For What It's Worth
FYI = For Your Information


G = Grin
G1 = Good One
GA = Go Ahead
GAL = Get A Life
GBH = Great Big Hug
GBH&K = Great Big Hug & Kiss
GF = Girlfriend
GFC = Going For Coffee
GFN = Gone For Now
GD = Gestational Diabetes
GG = Good Going
GIFT = Gamete Intra-fallopian Transfer
GIWIST = Gee, I Wish I Said That
GL = Good Luck
GMAB = Give Me A Break
GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike
GP = General Practitioner
GPY = Grumpy
GTG = Got To Go
GTT = Glucose Tolerance Test


H = Hug
H&K = Hug & Kiss
HAGN = Have A Good Night
HAND = Have A Nice Day
hCG, HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
HCP = Health Care Practitioner
HF = Have Fun
HH = Holding Hands
HIG = How's It Going?
hMG, HMG = Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
HMP = Help Me Please
HORU = How Old Are You?
HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
HRT = Hormone Replacement Therapy
HSC = Hysteroscopy
HSG = Hysterosalpingogram
HTH = Hope This/That Helps


IAC = In Any Case
IAE = In Any Event
IBTD = I Beg To Differ
IC = I See
ICI = Intra-cervical Insemination
IDGI = I Don't Get It
IF = Infertility
IGTT = Insulin and Glucose Tolerance Test
IIRC = If I Recall/Remember Correctly
ILU = I Love You
IM = Intra-muscular (WRT injections)
IME = In My Experience
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion, In My Honest Opinion
IMO = In My Opinion
IMPE = In My Personal Experience
IMS = I'm Sorry
IOR = Immature Oocyte Retrieval
IOW = In Other Words
IR = Insulin Resistant
ISTM = It Seems To Me
ISWYM = I See What You Mean
ITI = Intra-tubal Insemination
IUFD = Intra-uterine Fetal Demise
IUGR = Intra-uterine Growth Retardation
IUI = Intra-uterine Insemination
IVC = Intra-vaginal Culture
IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
IVIg = Intravenous Immunoglobulin
IYD = In Your Dreams


J/K = Just Kidding
JAM = Just A Minute
JIC = Just In Case
JMO = Just My Opinion
JMS = Just Making Sure
JTLYK = Just To Let You Know


KHYF = Know How You Feel
KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid
KIT = Keep In Touch


L = Laugh
L8R = Later
LAD = Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
LAP = Laparoscopy
LH = Luteinizing Hormone
LIT = Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
LMAO/ROTFLMAO = Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off
LMK = Let Me Know
LMP = Last Menstrual Period (start date)
LO = Love Olympics (sex) or Little One
LOL = Laughing Out Loud (or Lots Of Luck)
LP = Luteal Phase
LPD = Luteal Phase Defect
LSP = Low Sperm Count
LUF, LUFS = Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome


M/S = Morning sickness
MC, m/c, misc. = Miscarriage
MESA = Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
MF = Male Factor
MIFT = Micro Injection Fallopian Transfer
MIL = Mother In-law (also FIL, SIL, BIL for the others)
MMR = Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
MPTY = More Power To You
MRI = Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MSG = Message
MYOB = Mind Your Own Business


N1 = Nice One
NBD = No Big Deal
NC = No Comment
NE1 = Anyone
NEM = Nothing Else Matters
NEST = Non-surgical Embryonic Selective Thinning
NK = Natural Killer Cells (CD56+)
NM = Never Mind
NOYB = None Of Your Business
NP = Nurse Practitioner
NPNG = No Pain, No Gain
NSA = Non-surgical Sperm Aspiration
NTYMI = Now That You Mention It


O, OV = Ovulation
OAo = Over And Out
OB = Obstetrician
OB/GYN = Obstetrician/Gynecologist
OC = Oral Contraceptives
OD = Ovulatory Dysfunction
OHSS = Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
OIC = Oh, I See
OMG = Oh My God
ONNA = Oh No Not Again
OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit
OPT = Ovulation Predictor Test
OT = Off Topic
OTC = Over The Counter
OTOH = On The Other Hand
OTT = Over The Top
OW = Overweight


P4 = Progesterone
PA = Physician's Assistant
PAW = Parents Are Watching
PCAO= Polycystic Appearing Ovaries
PCO = Polycystic Ovaries
PCOD = Polycystic Ovary Disease
PCOS = Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCP = Primary Care Physician
PCT = Post Coital Test
PG = Pregnant
PGD = Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
PI = Primary Infertility
PID = Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PITA = Pain In The ***
PLI = Paternal Leukocyte Immunization
PLMK = Please Let Me Know
PLS = Please
PM = Pardon Me
PMS = Pre-menstrual Syndrome
PNM = Perinatal Mortality
PNV = Prenatal vitamin
POA = Plan Of Action
POC = Products of Conception
POF = Premature Ovarian Failure
POV = Point Of View
PPD - Post partum depression
PROM = Premature Rupture of Membranes
PTSD = Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PV = Postitive Vibes


Q&A = Questions & Answers
QT = Cutie


RE = Reproductive Endocrinologist
RFC = Request For Comments
RFI = Request For Information
R-FSH, R-hFSH = Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone
RGDS = Regards
RI = Reproductive Immunologist
RIP = Reproductive Immunophynotype
ROFL/ROTFL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROFLOL/ROTFLOL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud
RPL = Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
RS = Real Soon
RSA = Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
RUOK = Are You OK?
RWT = Repeat the Whole Thing
Rx = Prescription


S = Sigh/Smile
S&N = Smile & Nod
SA = Semen Analysis
SAHM = Stay at home mom
s/b, S/B = Stillbirth

SDSBD= Super Duper Sticky Baby Dust
SFAIA = So Far As I'm Aware
SHG, SonoHSG = Sonohysterogram
SHTSI = Somebody Had To Say It
SI = Secondary Infertility
SIL - Sister In Law
SIS = Saline Injection Sonogram
SITD = Still In The Dark
SLE = Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
SO = Significant Other
SOW = Speaking Of Which
STD = Sexually Transmitted Disease
SWAK = Sealed With A Kiss
SYL = See You Later
SYT = See You Tonight


TA = Thanks Again
TBNT = Thanks But No Thanks
TET = Tubal Embryo Transfer
TFTT = Thanks For The Tip
TGIF = Thank God It's Friday
TIA = Thanks In Advance
TIC = Tongue In Cheek
TL = Tubal Ligation
TMI = Too Much Information
TNF = Tumor Necrosis Factor
TORCH = Toxoplasmosis, Other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus & Herpes test
TOY = Thinking Of You
TR = Tubal Reversal
TRH = Thyroid Releasing Hormone
TSH = Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
TTC = Trying to Conceive
TTCAR = Trying to Conceive after Reversal
TTFN = Ta Ta For Now
TTYL =Talk To You Later
TTYS = Talk To You Soon
TTYTT = To Tell You The Truth
TUFT = Trans-uterine Fallopian Transfer

TWW = Two Week Wait
Tx = Treatment
TY = Thank You
TX = Thanks


U = You
U2 = You Too
UCCOM = You Can Count On Me
UR = Urologist
US, u/s = Ultrasound
UTI = Urinary Tract Infection


V = Vasectomy
VBAC = Vaginal Birth after Caesarian

VBG = Very Big Grin

VFM = Value For Money
VR = Vasectomy Reversal


2WW = 2-Week Wait
W = Wink
WAB = What A Bummer
WAD = Without A Doubt
WAHM = Work at home mom
WB = Welcome Back
WBC = White Blood Cells
WBS = Write Back Soon
WF = Warm Fuzzies
WHR = Waist to Hip Ratio
WNL = Within Normal Limits
WOH = Work out of the home
WRT = With Respect To
WRU = Who Are You?
WTGP = Want To Go Private
WTY = Waving To You
WU = What's Up
WYSIWYG = What You See Is What You Get




YHM = You Have Mail
YW = Your Welcome


ZIFT = Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer 

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