It can feel like fertility forums are speaking a completely different language when you first enter your fertility journey! So I’ve put together a quick cheat sheet of some of the most common IVF terminology and fertility slang you’ll come across in your journey.
|A herbal remedy that some women believe can help with fertility.
|Slang for your period.
|Also known as intrauterine insemination.
|A hormone measured to assess a woman’s ovarian reserve or egg count.
|A way to wish someone good luck in getting pregnant, akin to “fairy dust”.
|Colloquial term for sexual intercourse when trying to conceive.
|Basal Body Temperature
|Birth Control Pill
|Breastfeed or Boyfriend
|Big Fat Negative
|Slang for a negative result on a pregnancy test.
|Big Fat Positive
|Slang for a positive result on a pregnancy test.
|A specific brand of pregnancy test.
|Clearblue Fertility Monitor
|The day count of the menstrual cycle, starting from the first day of the period. You will commonly see CD followed by a number e.g. CD1, CD16.
|Days Past Ovulation
|The number of days since ovulation occurred. You will commonly see a number followed by DPO e.g. 5DPO, 12DPO.
|Do the Deed
|Slang for having sex.
|Evening Primrose Oil
|A herbal remedy some believe can help with fertility.
|The procedure of placing an embryo into a woman’s uterus or fallopian tube.
|Egg White Cervical Mucus
|Frozen Embryo Transfer
|Thawing a frozen embryo from a previous IVF cycle and transferring it to the uterus.
|First Morning Urine
|Urine in the morning, which has a higher concentration of hormones, potentially making pregnancy tests more effective.
|First Response Early Result
|A specific brand of pregnancy test.
|Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
|A hormone produced during pregnancy, detected by pregnancy tests.
|Home Pregnancy Test
|A test used to determine pregnancy by detecting hCG in urine.
|A procedure where the fallopian tubes are flushed with dye to check for blockages.
|Slight bleeding or spotting that may happen around the time an embryo implants in the womb.
|A cheap pregnancy test or ovulation predictor kit bought online.
|Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
|A procedure where a single sperm is injected directly into an egg.
|A fertility treatment involving placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilization.
|In Vitro Fertilization
|A process where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body.
|The hormone that triggers ovulation; an LH surge is an increase in LH just before ovulation.
|A request for people to look at a picture of a pregnancy test and say whether or not they think it’s positive.
|Last Menstrual Period
|The first day of the last menstrual cycle, used to calculate pregnancy stages and due dates.
|The phase of your cycle between ovulation and getting your period.
|Male Factor Infertility
|Infertility due to male-related issues, like low sperm count or motility.
|Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
|A side effect of fertility medications where the ovaries swell and become painful.
|Ovulation Predictor Kit
|Tests used for tracking ovulation
|Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
|Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
|Positive Mental Attitude
|Pee on a Stick
|Slang for taking a pregnancy test.
|Previous Poster or Postpartum
|Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
|IVF embryos are tested for genetic conditions before implantation.
|Pre-implantation Genetic Screening
|IVF embryos are tested to ensure they have a healthy number of chromosomes before implantation.
|Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise
|Raspberry Leaf Tea
|A baby born after losing a pregnancy or a child
|An assessment of sperm quantity, quality, and motility.
|A particular brand of pregnancy test or a familial term.
|A supplement some believe can help with fertility.
|Sperm Meets Egg Plan
|A specific method for trying to conceive.
|Looking for early signs of pregnancy or a familial term.
|Take Charge of Your Fertility
|A book and app for tracking fertility.
|Trying to Conceive
|A term used by couples attempting to get pregnant.
|The time between ovulation and either a period or a positive pregnancy test.
What does 5dp5dt mean?
The ‘dp’ stands for ‘Days Post’ and the ‘dt’ stands for ‘Day Transfer’, so 5dp5dt means 5 days post 5 day transfer. 3dp6dt would mean 3 days post 6-day transfer.
What does BFP mean?
‘Big Fat Positive’ – when you get a positive pregnancy test. BFP is a common term used in IVF and fertility treatment groups.
What does PUPO mean?
‘Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise’, normally used after an embryo transfer in IVF.
What is ICSI?
A procedure during IVF where a single sperm is injected directly into an egg.
What does DPO mean?
‘Days Past Ovulation’ or DPO is a term commonly used when trying to conceive (TTC) to count the number of days past ovulation you are.