Monday, 26 May 2008

Making sense of acronyms

How many of you, on a first foray into the virtual world of conception, have been completely baffled by all the acronyms and short hand for writing about pretty basic stuff? It's taken me ages to understand them and I'm still coming across new stuff. I try not to use acronyms in this blog but incase you come across them in other places here is a quick guide. But please add anymore that you come across in the comments section - it all helps.

2ww - two week wait, the time between ovulating and when your period is due (and you can take a pregnancy test
AF - Aunt Flo (Menstrual flow, Period, the curse, the blob, rag week, barnsley playing at home, being 'on', monthly bleeding, you get the picture)
AFNW - Aunt Flo Not Wanted
AI - Artificial Insemination
Babydust - bit of a twee one but way of wishing someone good luck at getting pregnant - doesn't seem to work!
BB's - Breasts, Boobs, Boobies, Bouncy funbags, Bristols, Bongos, Bazongas
BBT - Basal Body Temperature, a way of working out whether you are ovulating
BC - Birth Control
BCP - Birth Control Pills
BD - Baby Dance, having sex
BFN - Bloody Fucking Negative (excuse the language but I'm guessing we are all adults here)
BFN - Big Fat Negative (more polite version of the above not that the acronym will give any indication of how rude you are being)
BFP - Bloody Fucking Positive (positive text result)
BFP - Big Fat Positive (As above and again you can chose to interpret the acroym with or without the swear words)
BIL - Brother In Law
BMS - Baby Making Sex (makes it sound like a chore rather than for fun)
BTDT - Been There Done That
BTW - By The Way
CF - Cervical Fluid
CM - Cervical Mucus
CY - Cycle (monthly rather than bike)
DE - Donor Eggs
DH - Dear/ Darling Husband
DI - Donor Insemination
DP - Dear Partner
DPO - Days Past Ovulation
DTD - Doing The Dance, Sex
DW - Dear Wife
EDD - Estimated Due Date (let's hope we all get one of these)
EPT - Early Pregnancy Test
FIL - Father In Law
FM - Fertility Monitor
FMU - First morning Urine
FP - Follicular Phase
FTTA - Fertile Thoughts To All
GF - Girlfriend
GIFT - Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer
GP - General Pactitioner (UK)
HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone)
HPT - Home Pregnancy Test
HRT - Hormone Replacement Therapy
HSG - Hysterosalpingram or as I put it, getting your tubes checked
Hx - History (no I don't know why it has an x in it either)
ICI - Intra-Cervical Insemination
IF - Infertility
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IUI - Interuterine Insemination
IVF - In Vitro Fertilization
KWIM - Know What I Mean
LMP - Last Menstural Period (the first day)
LH - Luteinizing Hormone, hormone that helps regulate ovulation and increases dramatically just before ovulation. It's what they test for to see if you are about to ovulate.
LOL - Laugh Out Loud - not Lots of Love but it can be confusing!
Luteal Phase - time between when you ovulate and when your period is due (basically the old two week wait).
MC, Misc - miscarriage
MS - Morning sickness
NHS - National Health Service (UK)
O - Ovulation
OB/GYN - Obstetrician/Gynecologist
OC - Not the TV programme but Oral Contraceptives
OPK - Ovulation Predictor Kit
OTC - Over The Counter, something for the weekend sir?
PC - Post-Cotial, after sex
PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (there is gonna be a post about this)
PG - pregnant
PMS - Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
PMT - Pre Menstrual Tension
POAS - Pee On A Stick
RE - Reproductive Endocronolgist (American)
S/A - Sperm Analysis
SO - Significant Other
STD - Sexually Transmited Disease
TTC - Trying To Conceive
US - Ultrasound
V - Vasectomy
ZZZ - time for sleep (actually just made this up because I wanted to end with a Z but it is probably used some where out in the world wide web)

So a test, can you translate this sentence.

DH and I are TTC so we have stopped the OCP and on CD14 we start furiously DTD, you know BMS. I usually POAS to see if I am O then it is just a case of waiting for AF, if you KWIM.

And that is why I try not to use acronyms on this blog! Oh, apart from this post which might make things a bit easier.


  1. Often wondered what all those letters stood for..........appreciate the translation

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