September 23, 2010

EA, FET, HPT, BFP, BW, PG, EDD, DOB--The Acronym Order I Pray For!

I was e-mailed a request to post the acronyms used in the EA world. Rhea & I began to struggle with infertility only a few years ago and I started learning the acronyms for infertility (IF) then. I also had to learn an entirely new set of acronyms once we started the embryo adoption (EA) process. There are so many more acronyms that are not listed below, but these are the ones you will see most frequently:

EA - embryo adoption
HS - homestudy
IF - infertile, infertility
RE - reproductive endocrinologist (the ob/gyn who oversees EA mom)
PA - physician's assistant
DE - donor embryo
GP, GF - genetic parent(s), genetic family
IVF - in-vitro fertilization (frozen embryos are created from this process)
STD - sexually transmitted disease (testing done by genetic parents of embryos)
CD - cycle day
BBT - basal body temperature (used to chart cycle)
AF - Aunt Flo ( YNWIM - you know what I mean)
BCP - birth control pills (sometimes used by RE to regulate cycle to prepare for FET)
AWOL - a woman on Lupron
EZ - Estradiol
PIO - progesterone in oil shots (think OUCH!)
IM - intramuscular injections
US, u/s - ultrasound
FET - frozen embryo transfer
AH, AZH - assisted hatching (I will explain this in a future post)
PUPO - pregnant until proven otherwise (used after the FET takes place-the start of the 2WW)
2WW - 2 week wait (the 2 weeks after the FET while you wait for pregnancy testing)
DP3DT - days past 3day transfer
DP5DT - days past 5 day transfer
DPT - days past transfer
HPT - home pregnancy test
POAS - pee on a stick (taking an HPT)
BW, b/w - blood work
hCG, HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone, if you have any you are pregnant)
BFP - big fat positive
BFN - I don't want to type what this one means (think opposite of positive)
MC, m/c - miscarriage (another hard one to type)
EDD - estimated due date
DOB - date of birth... what we all pray to see!

So did I miss any? I hope that helps my followers, those researching, and any other curious peeps!


  1. lol - there are so many words to learn, aren't there?! :)

  2. Wow....and we used to say there were a lot in teaching and then later throughout our 2 IA....this seems like more!!!

    Praying for that positive outcome!!!!!!!!!!!


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