From the book
How to Have a Baby: Overcoming Infertility
by Dr. Aniruddha Malpani, MD and Dr. Anjali Malpani, MD.
The medical term for miscarriage. The various types include:
Complete abortion:A miscarriage in which all of the products of conception have been expelled and the cervix is closed.
Habitual abortion: A miscarriage occurring on two or more separate occasions.
Incomplete abortion: A miscarriage in which only a portion of the products of conception have been expelled. This usually requires dilatation and curettage.
Induced abortion:An intentional termination of pregnancy.
Inevitable abortion: A miscarriage that cannot be halted.
Missed abortion: A miscarriage in which a dead fetus and other products of conception remain in the uterus for four or more weeks.
Selective abortion:A term often used to refer to intentional termination of one or more gestational sacs within the uterus, usually in the case of a multiple pregnancy (triplets or more).
Spontaneous abortion:A miscarriage or the unintended termination of a pregnancy before the twentieth week.
Therapeutic abortion:An intentional termination of pregnancy for the purpose of preserving the life of the mother.
Threatenedabortion: symptoms such as vaginal bleedings, with or without pain, which may end with a miscarriage or with continuation of a normal pregnancy.
An abnormal attachment of adjacent tissues by bands, scars or masses of fibrous tissue.
Two glands near the kidneys that produce hormones, including some male sex hormones - the adrenal androgens.
Agglutination of Sperm:
Sticking together of sperm.
The absence of menstruation.
Theouter half of the fallopian tube, where fertilisation occurs. It opens into the abdominal cavity through the tubal ostium, which is lined by the fimbria.
Male sex hormones. Testosterone is one example.
The science of diseases peculiar to the male sex, particularly infertility, and sexual dysfunction.
A malformation or abnormality in any part of the body.
Total absence of ovulation. Note: This is not necessarily the same as "amenorrhea." Menses may still occur with anovulation.
The type of menstruation often associated with failure to ovulate. May be scanty and of short duration ; or abnormally heavy and irregular .
A protective protein produced in the body that fights or otherwise interacts with a foreign substance in the body.
Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID):
The injection of donor semen into a woman's reproductive tract for the purpose of conception.
Artificial Insemination by Husband (AIH):
The injection of husband's semen into the wife's reproductive tract for the purpose of conception.
The absence of semen . This is not the same as azoospermia.
A condition in which the sperm do not move (swim) at all or move more slowly than normal.
The absence of sperm in the ejaculate.
Basal Body Temperature (BBT):
The temperature of the woman, taken either orally or rectally, upon waking in the morning before any activity. Used to help determine ovulation.
A congential malformation of the uterus in which it appears to have two "horns " (cornu).
The process by which sperm are altered ( usually during their passage through the female reproductive tract ) that gives them the capacity to penetrate and fertilize the ovum.
The lower section of the uterus which protrudes into the vagina
A resolution to infertility in which the couple opts for a life-style without parenting, either temporarily or permanently.
A sexually transmitted disease that may cause impaired fertility .
Rod-shaped bodies in a cell's nucleus which carry the genes that convey hereditary characteristics. Made up of DNA.
Microscopic hair-like projections from the surface of a cell capable of beating in a coordinated fashion.
The small erectile sex organ of the female, located in front of the vagina and similar to the penis of the male.
A synthetic drug used to stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to increase FSH and LH production. It is usually used to treat ovulatory failure due to hypothalamic pituitary dysfunction.
The fertilization of a woman's egg by a man's sperm resulting in a new life.
A characteristic or defect present at birth. It is acquired during pregnancy but is not necessarily hereditary.
The special gland that forms in the ovary at the site of the released egg. This gland produces the hormone progesterone during the second half of the normal menstrual cycle.
A place where tissues (i.e., sperm, oocytes, embryos) are stored in the frozen state.
A procedure used to preserve (by freezing) and store embryos or gametes (sperm, oocytes).Cryptorchidism:
Dilatation and Curettage (D & C):
Dilatation of the cervix to allow scraping of the uterine lining with an instrument (curette). This is also a means to induce abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Faulty formation of any organ.
Painful intercourse for either the woman or the man.
A pregnancy in which the fertilized egg implants anywhere but in the uterine cavity (usually in the fallopian tube, the ovary or the abdominal cavity).
Egg (Oocyte) Donation:
Surgical removal of an egg from one woman for transfer into the fallopian tube or uterus of another woman.
The male orgasm during which approximately two to five milliters of semen (seminal fluid and sperm) are ejected from the penis.
The term used to describe the early stages of fetal growth, from conception to the eighth week of pregnancy.
The introduction of an embryo into a woman's uterus after in vitro (or in vivo) fertilization.
The system of glands including the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, testicles or ovaries.
A doctor who specializes in diseases of the endocrine glands.
The extraction of a small sample of tissue from the uterus for examination. Usually done to show evidence of ovulation .
The presence of endometrial tissue (the normal uterine lining) in abnormal locations such as the tubes, ovaries and peritoneal cavity, often causing painful menstruation and infertility.
The mucous membrane lining the uterus.
The tissue lining in the fallopian tube.
An elongated organ in the male lying above and behind the testicles. It contains a highly convoluted canal, four to six meters in length, where, after production, sperm are stored, nourished and ripened for a period of several months.
The enlarged, rigid state of the penis when sexually aroused.
A hormone released by developing follicles in the ovary. Plasma estradiol levels are used to help determine progressive growth of the follicle during ovulation induction.
Aclass of female hormones, produced mainly by the ovaries from the onset of puberty until menopause which are also responsible for the development of secondary sexual characteristics in women
A pair of narrow tubes that carry the ovum (egg) from the ovary to the body of the uterus.
The penetration of the egg by the sperm and fusion of genetic materials to result in the development of an embryo.
The term often used to include both miscarriage and still-birth.
The developing baby from the ninth week of pregnancy until the moment of the birth.
Fibroid Tumor (Leiomyoma):
A benign tumor of fibrous tissue that may occur in the uterine wall. May be totally without symptoms or may cause abnormal menstrual patterns or infertility.
The fringed and flaring outer ends of the fallopian tubes which capture the egg after it released from the ovary.
The structure in the ovary that has nurtured the ripening egg and from which the egg is released.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH):
A hormone produced in the anterior pituitary that stimulates the ovary to ripen a follicle for ovulation.
The first half of the menstrual cycle when follicle development takes place in the ovary.
The inability to become sexually aroused. Not a known cause of infertility.
The male or female reproductive cells- the sperm or the ovum (egg).
Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer (GIFT):
Procedure in which the sperms and eggs are transferred by laparoscopy into the fallopian tubes where fertilization may then take place.
Substances that convey hereditary characteristics, consisting primarily of DNA and proteins and occurring at specific points on the chromosomes.
Pertaining to hereditary characteristics.
A disorder arising from an anomaly in the chromosomal structure which may or may not be hereditary.
Advice and information provided, usually by a team of experts, on the detection and risk of recurrence of genetic disorders.
The period of fetal development in the uterus from conception to birth, usually considered to be 40 weeks in humans.
GnRH (Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone; LHRH):
A hormone released from the hypothalamus that controls the synthesis and release of pituitary hormones FSH and LH.
A hormone capable of stimulating the gonads to produce hormones and / or gametes .
The glands that make the gametes (the testicles in the male and the ovaries in the female).
A doctor who specializes in the diseases of the female reproductive system.
HamsterTest(Sperm Penetration Assay)
It is used to determine the ability of a man's sperm to penetrate a hamster egg. Thought to provide evidence of the sperm's fertilising ability.
Transmitted from one's ancestors by way of the genes within the chromosomes of the fertilizing sperm and egg.
The presence of excessive body and facial hair, especially in women.
A chemical, produced by an endocrine gland, which circulates in the blood and has widespread action throughout the body.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG):
A hormone secreted by the placenta during pregnancy that prolongs the life of the corpus luteum.
Human Menopausal Gonadotropin (HMG):
A natural product containing both human FSH and LH. These hormones are extracted from the urine of postmenopausal women.
A swelling in the scrotum containing fluid.
A large fluid-filled, club-shaped fallopian tube closed at the fimbriated end . It is a cause of infertility.
Lavage or "flushing" of the fallopian tubes with a sterile solution which sometimes contains medication such as antibiotics, enzymes, or steroids.
Inadequate gonadal function as manifested by deficiencies in sperm production in males or egg production in females and/or the secretion of gonadal hormones (estrogens and androgens, respectively).
A malformation of the penis in which the urethral opening is found on the underside rather than at the tip of the penis.
A part of the base of the brain that controls the release of hormones from the pituitary.
An X-ray study in which a contrast dye is injected into the uterus to show the delineation of the body of the uterus and the patency of the fallopian tubes. Also called a tubogram or uterotubogram.
Idiopathic ( Unknown or Unexplained):
The term used when no reason can be found to explain the cause of a medical condition.
The production of antibodies in the woman or man .
The embedding of the fertilized egg in the endometrium of the uterus.
The inability of the male to achieve or maintain an erection for intercourse due to physical or emotional problems
A weakened cervix that is incapable of holding the fetus within the uterus for the full nine months. Can be a cause of late miscarriage .
The inability of a couple to achieve a pregnancy after one year of regular unprotected sexual intercourse , or the inability of the woman to carry a pregnancy to live birth.
The cells between the seminiferous tubules of the testicles that produce the male hormone testosterone. Also called Leydig cells.
In Vitro (literally, in glass) Fertilization (IVF):
A procedure in which a egg is removed from a ripe follicle and fertilized by a sperm cell outside the human body. Also called "test tube baby" and "test tube fertilization."
In Vivo Fertilization:
The fertilization of an egg by a sperm within the woman's body.
Hypogonadism with anosmia (loss of the sense of smell). Uncommon cause of male infertility.
A study of the chromosomes of the tissue. Used for genetic studies.
A congenital abnormality of the male wherein he receives an XXY chromosomal complement instead of XY. These men are infertile.
Folds of skin on either side of the entrance of the vagina.
The direct visualization of the ovaries and the exterior of the fallopian tubes and uterus by means of inserting a surgical telescope through a small incision below the naval.
See interstitial cells.
Luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (see GnRH).
The days of the menstrual cycle following ovulation and ending with menses during which progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum
Luteal Phase Defect:
A shortened luteal phase or one with inadequate progesterone production.
Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome (LUF):
A condition in which the egg is not released during ovulation; the follicle does not rupture and the egg is trapped.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH):
A hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. Secretion of LH increases in the middle of the cycle to induce release of the egg.
The onset of menstruation in girls.
The cessation of menstruation due to aging or failure of the ovaries. Most commonly occurs between the ages of 40 and 50.
Menotropins (Human Menopausal Gonadotropin or HMG):
Injections which containing FSH and LH. They are produced by extraction from the urine of menopausal women.
The shedding of the uterine lining by cyclic bleeding that normally occurs about once a month in the mature female.
A spontaneous abortion of a fetus up to the age of viability.
German for "middle pain," referring to the pain during ovulation that some women experience.
Morphology of sperm:
The study of the shape of sperm cells. This evaluation is part of a semen analysis.
Motility of Sperm:
The ability of the sperm to move about.
Inflammation of the testicle caused by mumps virus. Can lead to sterility if infection with the virus occurs after puberty.
Surgical removal of a fibroid tumor (myoma) in the uterine muscular wall.
A condition in which sperm are produced and found in the semen but they are dead. These sperm cannot fertilize eggs.
The implantation of the fertilized egg in the endometrium of the uterus.
A doctor who specializes in pregnancy and childbirth.
Infrequent ovulation, usually less than six ovulatory cycles per year.
An abnormally low number of sperm in the ejaculate of the male.
A surgical procedure to collect the eggs contained within the ovarian follicles.
An inflammation of the testes.
The inability of the ovary to respond to any gonadotropic hormone stimulation, usually due to the absence of oocytes.
The sexual gland of the female which produces the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and in which the ova are developed.
The discharge of a mature egg, usually at about the midpoint of the menstrual cycle.
The use of hormone therapy (clomiphene citrate, HMG,HCG) to stimulate development and release.
The egg (reproductive) cell produced in the ovaries each month. (The plural of ovum is ova.)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID):
Inflammatory disease of the pelvis, often caused by infection.
The male organ of intercourse.
A gland located at the base of the human brain that secretes a number of important hormones related to normal growth and development and fertility.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCO):
Development of multiple cysts in the ovaries due to arrested follicular growth resulting in an imbalance in the amount of LH and FSH released .
A nodule or small growth found frequently on mucous membranes, such as in the cervix or the uterus.
Postcoital Test (Huhner Test ):
A diagnostic test for infertility in which vaginal and cervical secretions are obtained following intercourse and then analyzed under a microscope.
A hormone secreted by the corpus luteum of the ovary after ovulation has occurred. Also produced by the placenta during pregnancy.
A gland in the male that surrounds the first portion of the urethra near the bladder. It secretes an alkaline liquid that neutralizes acid in the urethra and stimulates motility of the sperm.
A condition in which the presence of white cells in the semen indicates possible infection.
Discharge of semen backward into the bladder rather than forward through the penis.
uterus that is bent backward.
Obsolete test in which a gas such as carbon dioxide is blown into the uterus under pressure to test if the fallopian tubes are open.
Inflammation of the fallopian tubes.
Surgery to clear the fallopian tubes of adhesions.
Surgery to correct blocked fallopian tubes.
The bag of skin and thin muscle that holds the testicles.
The inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy after having successfully conceived and carried one or more pregnancies.
The sperm and seminal secretions ejaculated during orgasm.
The study of a fresh ejaculate under the microscope.
A pair of pouch-like glands above the prostate in the male that produce a thick, alkaline secretion that is passed in the semen during ejaculation.
The long tubes in the testicles in which sperm are formed.
An abnormality in organ structure present since birth in which a wall is present where one should not exist.
The male reproductive cell, that has measurable characteristics such as:
Refers to percent of sperm demonstrating any type of movement.
Count (or Density):
Refers to the number of sperm present.
Refers to form or shape of the sperm.
Refers to whether or not the sperm are alive.
Place in which sperm ( from donor or from husband) is stored frozen for future use in artificial insemination.
A technique that separates the sperm from the seminal fluid.
The production of sperm within the seminiferous tubules.
The stretchability of cervical mucus.
A method of collecting a semen specimen so that the first half of the ejaculate is caught in one container and the rest in a second container. The first half usually contains the majority of the sperm.
A woman who gestates an embryo and then turns over the child to the infertile couple, who may be its genetic parents.
The male sexual glands of which there are two. Contained in the scrotum, they produce the male hormone testosterone and produce the male reproductive cells, the sperm.
Surgical excision of testicular tissue to determine the ability of the testes to produce normal sperm
Occurs when the testes fail to produce sperm.
The most potent male sex hormone, produced in the testicles.
A child born through in vitro fertilization.
A gland located at the front base of the neck which secretes the hormone thyroid which is necessary for normal fertility.
Surgical repair of fallopian tubes.
Turner's Syndrome (Ovarian Dysgenesis):
A congenital abnormality of the female wherein she receives an XO instead of an XX genetic sex complement. Women with this condition are sterile.
Ultrasound ( Sonography):
A imaging technique for visualizing the growth of ovarian follilces during infertility therapy .
See idiopathic infertility.
The tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside. In men it also carries semen from the prostate to the point of ejaculation during intercourse.
A doctor who specializes in diseases of the urinary tract in men and women, and the genital organs in men.
The hollow, muscular organ in the woman that holds and nourishes the fetus until the time of birth.
The birth canal opening in the woman extending from the vulva to the cervix of the uterus.
A spasm of the muscles around the opening of the vagina, making penetration during sexual intercourse either impossible or very painful.
A varicose vein of the testicles, sometimes a cause of male infertility.
A pair of thick-walled tubes about 45cm long in the male that lead from the epididymis to the ejaculatory duct in the prostate.
Surgery to excise part vas deferens to sterilize a man.
X-ray of the sperm ducts.
Venereal Disease (VD):
Any infection pertaining to or transmitted by sexual intercourse. Also known as STD or sexually transmitted disease - most commonly gonorrhea , syphilis and chlamydia.
Thickness of the semen.
The external genitalia of the female.
An embryo in early development stage.Zygote Intra-Fallopian Transfer (ZIFT )
Transfer of a zygote into a fallopian tube (usually done by laparoscopy)
This is a great " Infertility Lingo Guide" ( to help you make sense of abbreviations on the net) from http://conceivableworld.com
2 WW - Two week wait. The time between ovulation, conception attempts, or possibly AF.
ACA - Anti
ADI - Anonymous donor insemination. This is when a couple uses sperm from a donor they do not know.
ADN - Any day now.
AF - Aunt Flo. This refers to a woman's menstrual cycle.
AH - Assisted hatching.
AHI - Artificial insemination from husband.
AHI - At home insemination
AI - Artificial insemination.
AO - Anovulation.
AOA - Anti
ART - Assisted reproductive technology.
AWOL - A woman on Lupron.
BA - Baby asprin.
Baby dust - good wishes for getting pregnant.
BBS - Breasts
BBT - Basal body temperature.
BCP - Birth control pills
BD - Baby dancing. Sex that is hoped to end in a conception.
Beta - Beta hCG test
BF - Breast fed.
BFN - Big fat negative.
BFP - Big fat positive.
BIL - Brother
BM - Bowel movement.
BMS - Baby making sex.
BTDT - Been there done that.
BTW - By the way.
BW - Blood work.
C# - Cycle number.
CB - Cycle buddy.
CBEFM - Clearblue easy fertility monitor.
CCT - Clomid challenge test. A test where clomiphene is used to help predict the health of an egg supply.
CD - Cycle day. The particular day of the ovulatory cycle a woman is in.
CF - Cervical fluid.
CM - Cervical mucus.
CNM - Certified nurse/ midwife.
COW - Curse of womanhood.
CP - Cervical position.
Cryo - Cryopreservation. This is the freezing of embryos for future IVF use.
D&C - Dilation and curettage.
D&E - Dilation and evacuation.
DD - Dear daughter
DE - Donor egg. Eggs that are not those of the woman trying to conceive.
DH - Dear husband.
DI - Donor insemination. The insemination of sperm that is not that of the husband of partner .
DP - Darling partner.
DPC - Days since last Clomid pill was taken.
DPO - Days past ovulation.
DPR - Days post
DPT - Days post transfer.
DS - Dear son.
DW - Dear wife.
Dx - Diagnosis.
E2 - Estradiol. Estrogen that is most important to a woman's reproductive system.
ER - Egg retrieval. This is when mature eggs are removed from a woman's ovary for use in cryopreservation or IVF
EB - Endometrial biopsy.
EDD - Estimated due date.
Endo - Endometriosis.
EPO - Evening primrose oil.
EPT - Early pregnancy test.
ET - Embryo transfer.
EWCM - Eggwhite cervical mucus.
FBIL - Future brother
FET - Frozen embryo transfer. The use of embryos that are from IVF or cryopreservation.
FFIL - Future father
FG - Flower girl.
FH - Future husband.
FHR - Fetal heart rate.
FI - Fiance.
Fil - Father
FM - Forum mail.
FMIL - Future mother
FMU - First morning urine.
FP - Follicular phase.
FSH - Follicle stimulating hormone. It can also be used to refer to a fertility medication that is comprised of a naturally occurring or a synthetic hormone.
FSIL - Future sister
FT3 - Triodothyronine. This is part of a thyroid function work up.
FT4 - Thyroxine. This is part of a thyroid function work up.
FTTA - Fertile thoughts to all.
FUR - False unicorn root.
FV - Fertile vibes.
FW - Future wife.
FWIW - For what it's worth.
GAFIA - Get away from it all.
GD - Gestational diabetes.
GIFT - Gamete intrafallopian transfer. A technique in which eggs and sperm are deposited into fallopian tubes.
GM - Grooms men
GMB - Good morning brides.
GMTA - Great minds think alike.
GNB - Good night brides.
GnRH - Gonadotropin releasing hormone.
GP - General practitioner.
GYN - Gynecologist.
HAGD - Have a great day!
HAND - Have a nice day.
HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. This is the hormone in a human placenta, and it is what is measured in a pregnancy test.
HMG - Human menopausal gonadotropin.
HPT - Home pregnancy test.
HRT - Hormone replacement therapy.
HSC - Hysteroscopy.
HSG - Hysterosalpingogram. This test determines the tubal patency.
HTH - Hope this helps.
HUTH - Hang up the horns.
Hx - Medical history.
IAC - In any case.
ICBW - I could be wrong.
ICI - Intra
ICSI - Intra
IF - Infertility
IM - Instant message.
IMBO - In my biased opinion .
IME - In my experience.
IMHO - In my honest opinion.
Injects - Referring to an injectable fertility drug.
INPO - In no particular order.
IOW - In other words.
IRL - In real life.
ITI - Intra
IUI - Intrauterine insemination.
IVF - In vitro fertilization.
JIC - Just in case.
JK - Just kidding.
JMHO - Just my honest opinion.
JMO - Just my opinion.
JOTD - Joke of the day.
KDI - Known donor insemination. When a couple knows who their sperm donor is .
KISS - Keep is simple sweetheart
KUP - Keep us posted
KWIM - Know what I mean?
LAP - Laparoscopy.
LH - Luteinizing hormone
LMBO - Laugh my butt off.
LMP - Last menstrual period.
LO - Love olympics.
LOL - Laugh out loud.
LP - Luteal Phase
LPD - Luteal phase defect
LSP - Low sperm count.
LTBM - Living together before marriage.
LUF - Luteinized unruptured follicle syndrome.
MC - miscarriage
MF - Male factor.
MIFT - Micro injection fallopian transfer.
MIL - Mother
MOB - Mother of the bride.
MOG - Mother of the groom.
MOH - Maid of honor.
MS - Morning sickness.
N/A - Not applicable.
NAK - Nursing at keyboard.
Newbie - New to internet.
NFP - Natural family planning.
Niping - Nursing in public.
NMP - Not my problem.
NOYB - None of your business.
NP - No problem.
NRN - No reply necessary.
NWR - Not wedding related.
OB - Obstetrician
OB/GYN - Obstetrician/ Gynecologist.
OC - Oral contraceptive.
OD - Ovulatory dysfunction.
OIC - Oh I see.
OOT - Out of town guests.
OP - Original poster.
OPK - Ovulation predictor kit.
OPT - Ovulation predictor test.
OT - Off topic.
OTC - Over the counter.
OTOH - On the other hand.
Ov, Ov'ing - Ovulating or ovulation.
P4 - Progesterone. The test that measure the amount of progesterone in a woman's blood.
PCO - Polycystic ovaries.
PCOD - Polycystic ovary disease.
PCOS - Polycistic ovarian syndrome.
PCP - Primary care physician
PCT - Post coital. When a woman gets a pelvic exam after sexual relations.
PDA - Public display of affection.
PG - Pregnant.
PID - Pelvic inflammatory disease
PMS - Pre
POAS - Pee on a stick.
PPAF - Post pardum Aunt Flo
PPD - Postpartum depression.
PROM - Premature rupture of membranes. When a woman's water breaks prematurely.
PTL - Praise the Lord.
Px - Prognosis.
QOTA - Quote of the afternoon.
QOTD - Quote of the day.
R - FSH
RB - Ring bearer.
RE - Reproductive endocrinologist.
RI - Reproductive immunologist.
RSA - Recurrent spontaneous aborter. Someone who has had more than 2 miscarriages.
Rx - Prescription.
SA - Semen Analysis.
SAHD - Stay
SAHM - Stay
SBT - Sad but true.
SD - Save the Date.
SHG - Sonohysterogram.
SMEP - Sperm meets egg plan.
SNS - Supplemental nursing system.
SO - Significant other.
STD - Sexually transmitted disease.
Stims - Using fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs.
TCOYF - Taking care of your fertility.
TFIC - Tongue firmly in cheek.
TGFD - Thank God for discharge.
TIA - Thanks in advance.
TMI - Too much information.
TR - Tubal reversal.