Understanding Some Common Infertility and IVF Abbreviations

By Karin Hammarberg

Part of IVF & Beyond For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you enter the world of IVF, you need a crash course in deciphering the many abbreviations used in clinics. Here’s a list of the most commonly used short forms of infertility-related terms.

DI Donor insemination
ET Embryo transfer
FET Frozen embryo transfer
FSH Follicle-stimulating hormone
GnRH Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone
ICSI Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
IVF In-vitro fertilisation
LH Luteinising hormone
OHSS Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
OPU Oocyte pick-up
PGD Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
PN Pronuclei