Decoding Fertility: A Guide to Fertility Acronyms & Abbreviations for Those Trying to Conceive (TTC)
Navigating the world of fertility and trying to conceive (TTC) can often feel like learning a new language. The community uses a plethora of acronyms and abbreviations to communicate about various aspects of the journey. We here to help decode the most common fertility acronyms and abbreviations, helping you feel more at ease when discussing your TTC journey.
Common Fertility Acronyms and Abbreviations
TTC – Trying to Conceive:
The process of actively attempting to get pregnant.
OPK – Ovulation Predictor Kit:
A tool, often in the form of test strips, used to detect the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge that precedes ovulation.
POAS – Pee on a Stick:
Refers to taking a home pregnancy test.
BFP – Big Fat Positive:
A positive pregnancy test result.
BFN – Big Fat Negative:
A negative pregnancy test result.
DPO – Days Past Ovulation:
The number of days since ovulation occurred.
AF – Aunt Flo:
A colloquial term for menstruation or your period.
CD – Cycle Day:
Indicates the day of your menstrual cycle, starting from the first day of your period.
CM – Cervical Mucus:
Refers to the consistency and texture of cervical mucus, which can change throughout the menstrual cycle.
BD – Baby Dance:
A euphemism for sexual intercourse when trying to conceive.
2WW – Two-Week Wait:
The period between ovulation or embryo transfer and the expected date of the next menstrual period or pregnancy test.
HPT – Home Pregnancy Test:
IUI – Intrauterine Insemination:
A fertility treatment in which sperm is placed directly into the uterus to facilitate fertilization.
IVF – In Vitro Fertilization:
A fertility treatment in which eggs are retrieved, fertilized with sperm in a laboratory, and resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus.
RE – Reproductive Endocrinologist:
A medical specialist in fertility and reproductive health.
DH – Dear Husband:
A term sometimes used to refer to one’s spouse or partner.
BMS – Baby-Making Sex:
Sexual intercourse specifically for the purpose of conceiving a child.
LMP – Last Menstrual Period:
The date of your most recent period, often used to estimate your due date.
Fertility acronyms and abbreviations are a helpful shorthand for those on their TTC journey, making it easier to communicate with others who are going through similar experiences. This guide should assist you in understanding and using these terms confidently. Remember, while TTC can be challenging, connecting with others who share your goals and experiences can provide valuable support and insights throughout your fertility journey.