Acronyms

One of my friends who isn’t trying to conceive suggested I post a list of acronyms and what they mean. I know that I was confused when I first started checking out the fertility forums so I had to rely on my old friend Google. To save you a few extra minutes, I’ve composed a list of some of the most common (and more likely to to be used on my blog):

  • AF = Aunt Flo aka period (why we need to use a euphemism for something completely natural is beyond me)
  • AI = artificial insemination
  • ART = assisted reproductive technology
  • BBT = basal body temperature
  • BC(P) = birth control (pill)
  • BD = baby dance aka sex (again with the euphemisms)
  • CD = cycle day
  • CF = cervical fluid
  • CM = cervical mucus
  • DD = dear daughter
  • DH = dear husband
  • DS = dear son
  • DOR = diminished ovarian reserve
  • DPO = days past ovulation
  • DTD = do the deed (hey people, DTD has the same number of letters as “sex” . . . )
  • EPT = early pregnancy test
  • EWCM = egg white cervical mucus (the good stuff!)
  • FSH = follicle stimulating hormone
  • HCG = human chorionic gonadotropin
  • HPT = home pregnancy test
  • HRT = hormone replacement therapy
  • HSG = hysterosalpingogram
  • IUI = interuterine insemination
  • IVF = in-vitro fertilization
  • KMFX = keeping my fingers crossed
  • LAP = laparoscopy
  • LH = luteinizing hormone
  • LO = little one
  • LP = luteal phase
  • MC or M/C = miscarriage
  • MF = male factor (as in MF infertility)
  • O = ovulation
  • OHSS = ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
  • OPK = ovulation prediction kit
  • PCOS = polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • PG = pregnant
  • PID = pelvic inflammatory disease
  • POAS = pee on a stick
  • POF = premature ovarian failure
  • RE = reproductive endocrinologist (infertility specialist)
  • SA = semen analysis
  • TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • TSH = thyroid stimulating hormone
  • TTC = trying to conceive
  • US or U/S = ultrasound

And there are many more, especially once you get into specific treatments like IVF. If you have any questions about any of these terms or the content of my blog, please feel free to ask me!

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