Abbreviations

The following abbreviations and acronyms are frequently used on online support groups where women discuss their trying to conceive experiences.

I was utterly confused at first reading these in forums so I figured I’d share, as now they are part of my dialogue.

2WW: Two week wait (before testing, not always 2 weeks)

AF: Aunt Flo, your period.

BBT: Basal body temperature. Your basal body temperature (BBT) is your lowest body temperature in a 24-hour period. The best time to take it is when you first wake up in the morning. Before you talk or move. You use a special basal thermometer. Tracking your bbt each day can tell you a lot about your cycle, including if and when you ovulated.

BD: Baby Dance. Have intercourse for conception purposes or by extension any form of insemination.

BFN: Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test)

BFP: Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test)

CD: Cycle Day

CH: Crosshairs- the lines drawn on the chart to indicate ovulation

CL: Coverline

CM: Cervical mucous, also known as cervical fluid. It is fluid produced by your cervix as you approach ovulation due to increased estrogen.

CP: Cervical Position

DH, DD, DS: Dear Husband, Dear Daughter, Dear Son

DPO: Days Past Ovulation

EDD: Estimated Due Date

EWCM: Eggwhite cervical mucous. See Eggwhite cervical fluid.

FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone

GnRH: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone

HPT: Home pregnancy test. Measures levels of the hormone hcG which are produced in pregnancy.

HcG: Hormone detected by pregnancy tests. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.

IUI: Intra-uterine insemination

IVF: In-vitro fertilization

LH: Luteinizing Hormone

LMP: Last menstrual period. The first day of your last period.

LP: Luteal Phase

LPD: Luteal Phase Defect

M/C: Miscarriage

O: Ovulation

OPK: Ovulation Prediction Kit. OPKs measure luteinizing hormone, the last hormone to peak before ovulation.

POAS: Pee on a stick

PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome. Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of a female sex hormones. This may lead to menstrual cycle changes, cysts in the ovaries, infertility, and other health changes.

RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist- Fertility Specialist

TTC: Trying to conceive.

Most of these are from fertility friend which is the app I use to track my cycles. Their website has also been very helpful to me.

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