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Published by Vanessa Green

Posted on
January  26,2023

Read Time
6 mins

Published byVanessa Green

Posted on
January  26, 2023

Read Time
6 mins

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.

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