There are about a gazillion abbreviations, acronyms, and unpronounceable terminology in the IF (infertility) world.  Here are some of the ones I’ll be using:

As they relate to Hubby:

Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism – also called secondary hypogonadism, meaning testosterone, LH, and FSH levels are low, probably due to a problem with the pituitary gland

Azoospermia – no sperm

LH – luteinizing hormone, in men, stimulates production of testosterone

FSH – follicle stimulating hormone, in men, stimulates production of sperm

SA – semen analysis

MFI – male factor infertility

As they relate to me:

CD – cycle day, as in CD1, the first day of my period

HSG – hysterosalpingogram, an X-ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes using contrast dye injected through the cervix

Hysteroscopy – viewing the uterus through a tiny camera threaded through the cervix, to look for fibroids, polyps, or anything else that may prevent/impair implantation of embryos

AMH – Anti-Müllerian hormone, supposedly predicts ovarian reserve

TWW/2WW – two-week wait (between ovulation and period/positive pregnancy test)

As they relate to us and ART (assisted reproductive technology):

RE – reproductive endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in infertility and fertility treatments

IUI – Intrauterine insemination, also called AI (artificial insemination)

IVF – in vitro fertilization

ICSI – intracytoplasmic sperm injection, basically picking out one good sperm and injecting it into an egg

PGD/PGS – preimplantation genetic diagnosis/screening (to pick only the embryos that are genetically normal for transfer, as part of IVF)

FET – frozen embryo transfer

PHOIs – Potential Humans on Ice, or my nickname for our frozen embryos.  See also: CryoKids, The Liquid Nitrogeneration.

As they relate to pregnancy (!):

BFP – Big Fat Positive (positive pregnancy test)

Beta – blood pregnancy test measuring hCG; this level should double in about 48 hours

bpm – beats per minute (measuring fetal heart rate)

u/s – ultrasound

NST – non-stress test. Monitoring of baby’s movements and heart rate, as well as contractions.

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