Preparing for TTC? Relearn Your Alphabet

I was trying to read and respond to posts on an online forum this weekend for women who are trying to conceive and charting using the Fertility Friend website/iPhone app. I ran into a huge wall until I found this handy guide. Oh, and these are only the “most common” ones.

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

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

AF: Aunt Flo, your period.

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.

LOL: Laughing out loud

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

RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist- Fertility Specialist

TTC: Trying to conceive.

There’s a kind of beauty to this need to turn everything into an acronym; it feels like saying “yes, we admit it, this is all just too hard to say/type out loud month after month.” Because unless you’re like me, waiting for some other reason, you’re “TTC” because you have had at least one “M/C” or just month after month of “BFN” “HPT”s.

But the one I don’t really get, the one that’s just confusing, is “DH”–who started that one? Dear Husband? Anyone who knows, please tell me.

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