Published by Vanessa Green
Published byVanessa Green
January 26, 2023
To say that undergoing fertility treatment is overwhelming would be an understatement. But what I found especially challenging when I first ventured into the world of IVF was the sheer number of acronyms and treatment-specific terminology.
At times, it seemed like a different language – and deciphering what everything meant felt like just one more hurdle I had to overcome on an already challenging journey.
But having now completed my first round of IVF, I have a much better handle on all the fertility treatment verbiage, so I’m sharing what I’ve learned to help you get up to speed on the ABCs of IVF.
2WW: Two-Week Wait
The period between your embryo transfer and when you can take your first pregnancy test or BETA.
AH: Assisted Hatching
A procedure that helps to improve your chances of conception when performed with IVF.
ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology
Medical processes used to treat infertility in both eggs and sperm.
BCP: Birth Control Pills
Often included as part of a fertility treatment protocol.
A blood pregnancy test (taken after the two-week wait) that measures the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone in the blood.
BFN: Big Fat Negative
Negative result on a pregnancy test.
BFP: Big Fat Positive
Positive result on a pregnancy test.
Short for blastocysts, a blast is a ball of cells that forms early in a pregnancy, about five to six days after a sperm fertilizes an egg.
CP: Chemical Pregnancy
An early miscarriage that happens within the first five weeks of pregnancy.