Fertility clinic FAQ-common abbreviations

Medical terminology can be confusing at the best of times, but when it comes to infertility there are lots of very similar sounding abbreviations that mean very different things. You may here these terms bandied about by doctors and nurses, and used in fertility forums, and it can sometimes seem like a foreign language, when you are new to it.

Here is a quick round up of ones most commonly used by medical professionals:

  • TTC-Trying to conceive
  • AI-artificial insemination
  • AIH-Artificial insemination with husbands sperm
  • AID-Artificial insemination with donor sperm
  • IVF-in vitro fertilisation
  • IUI-intra uterine insemination
  • ICSI-Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • GIFT-Gamete intrafallopian transfer
  • ZIFT-Zygote intrafallopian transfer
  • BBT-basal body temperature
  • HCG-Human chorionic gonadotropin
  • LH-Luteinising hormoen
  • FSH-follicle stimulating hormone
  • AMH-Anti mullerian hormone
  • LMP-last menstrual period
  • EWCM-Eggwhite cervical mucus
  • PCOS-polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • CVS-Chorionic villus sampling
  • U/S-Ultrasound
  • D & C -dilation and curretage
  • LAP Laparoscopy
  • PCT-Post-coital test
  • EDD-estimated date of delivery
  • PMS-Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • PID-pelvic inflammatory disease
  • POF -premature ovarian failure
  • IUD-intra uterine device
  • OCP-oral contraceptive pill
  • HRT-Hormone replacement therapy
  • STD-Sexually transmitted disease
  • STI-Sexually transmitted infection
  • GC-Gonorrhea