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TTC Lingo: A Guide to Trying to Conceive Acronyms

by Katlyn Joy | August 20, 2014 12:00 AM
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When you enter into the world of trying to conceive, or TTC, you join a part of a world that has its own language and terms, frequently shortened to acronyms. For the uninitiated it can be rather daunting. Here is a list of some of the more commonly used acronyms and their meanings.

AF: Aunt Flo, or old code for your period. This is one of the least favorite terms in TTC communities.

BD: Euphemism for sex, BD equals baby dance.

BFN: Big fat negative, which refers to a negative pregnancy test.

BFP: Big fat positive, which means you're pregnant.

CD: Cycle day, in reference to your menstrual cycle. It begins on day 1, with your period.

CF: Cervical fluid. Noting changes in the texture and amount can be helpful when charting cycles.

CM: Cervical mucus. Stretchy egg-white type of consistency is a telltale sign of ovulation.

CP: Cervical position. Noting the height and softness of the cervix may help you know where you are in your cycle, and possibly indicate pregnancy.

CY: cycle.

DH: DD: DW: DP: DS: Identifies family members such as dear husband, dear daughter, dear wife, dear partner, and dear son.

DI: Donor insemination.

DPO: Days past ovulation.

DTD: Do the deed. Yet another euphemism for sex.

EDD: estimated due date of baby. That's the kind of date you want to circle on a calendar!

EPT: Early Pregnancy Test, a popular brand of home pregnancy tests.

EW: EWCM: Refers to your cervical mucus, and when it has the consistency of egg white, which indicates ovulation.

FMU: First morning urine. Ideal for pregnancy tests, as your urine is more concentrated then and will yield better results.

FSH: Follicle stimulating hormone.

GnRH: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone.

HcG: Human chorionic gonadotropin. This is the hormone home pregnancy tests detect in order to give a positive pregnancy result.

HPT: Home pregnancy test.

IF: Infertility.

IUI: intrauterine insemination.

IVF: in vitro fertilization.

LH: Luteinizing hormone.

LMP: last menstrual period. A key piece of information for all TTC people.

LP: Luteal phase.

LPD: Luteal phase defect.

M/C: Miscarriage.

O: Not what you think; in TTC world it means ovulation.

OPK: Ovulation prediction kit. These can help you pinpoint the time you are most fertile.

POAS: Pee on a stick. Not the most sophisticated of acronyms, but a familiar one, nonetheless.

TTC: Trying to conceive.

TWW: Two week wait. The length of time from ovulation until you can do a pregnancy test. Also known as 2WW.

New to the TTC Community?

If you are just beginning the adventure, consider reading up on fertility issues on reliable websites, joining an online community, or an actual support group. There are large established groups, such as on Baby Corner, or local groups you can find out about from your doctor or the hospital in your area.

Having those kinds of connections can help you in many ways. First of all, these people have been in the trenches longer and are armed with all kinds of information that can be helpful and a time saver to you. Of course, always validate any info you receive with your own research and checking with your health care provider.

Aligning yourself with others in the same position as you will help you feel as though you are not alone in the struggle to get pregnant, which of course, you are not. If you are invited to the umpteenth baby shower the same day you get your period, it's nice to know you can talk to someone who understands and doesn't judge your normal if sometimes negative, emotions.

Having an outlet with understanding and empathizing people can help alleviate your stress load. You may feel like others are tired of hearing you whine or grumble about your infertility issues, but in a support group environment, you will have a sounding board and a shoulder, whether for crying or just support.

Trying to conceive is a process that no one can tell you for certain how long you'll endure or how it will all turn out. Having a network of knowledgeable and supportive people near you can make the time much more bearable.


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