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Terminology in Assisted Reproduction

Some acronyms or jargon that you may come across when researching assisted reproduction include:

  • TTC – trying to conceive
  • EPU – egg pick up
  • DI – Donor Insemination
  • Stim Cycle – Stimulated Cycle of IVF, drugs are used to stimulate your ovaries
  • FET- Frozen Embryo Transfer
  • 2ww – 2 week wait, the time from ovulation to finding out if you are pregnant
  • BFN – Big Fat Nothing (ie not pregnant)
  • BFP- Big Fat Positive (ie pregnant)
  • DPO – days past ovulation
  • ET- Embryo transfer
  • FS- Fertility specialist
  • FSH – Folicle stimulating hormone
  • AF – Aunty Flo – periods
  • HPT – Home pregnancy test
  • POAS – pee on a stick (do a home pregnancy test)
  • ICSI – Intra Cytoplasmic sperm injection (like IVF but they take one sperm and inject it into the egg)
  • IVF – In Vitro Fertilisation
  • IUI – Interuterine insemination
  • OHSS – Ovarian Hyper stimulation syndrome
  • OI – Ovulation Induction
  • PCOS – Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • PG – pregnant
  • TMI – to much information
  • U/S – ultrasound
  • HCG – Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) the hormone produced in pregnancy that HTP’s test for. Also often given as an injection (pregnyl) for luteral phase support (ie after iui or embryo transfer)
  • KD – Known Donor
  • TB – Turkey Baster

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