Commonly Used Abbreviations

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Commonly Used Abbreviations

2ww:  "2 week wait" and is the time from ovulation to the next expected period.

AF:  Aunt Flo - Your menstrual period.

AFP:  Alpha-Fetoprotein Test.

ART:  Assisted Reproductive Technology.

B/F:  Breastfeeding or Breastfeed.

BD:  Baby Dancing - Having sex.

BBs:  Breasts, boobs.

BBT:  Basal Body Temperature.

BCP:  Birth Control Pills.



BH:  Braxton Hicks Contractions.

BIL:  Brother-In-Law.

BTW:  By the way.

CBE:  ClearBlue Easy.

CD:  Cycle day - The first day of your period is cycle day 1.

CF:  Cervical Fluid.

CL:  Coverline.

CM:  Cervical Mucus.

CNM:  Certified Nurse Midwife.

CVS:  Chorionic Villae Sampling.

D&C:  Dilation & Curettage.

D&E:  Dilation & Evacuation.

DB:  Dear or Darling Boyfriend.

DD:  Dear Daughter.

DE:  Donor Eggs.

DF:  Dear Fiancé.

DH:  Dear Husband.

DI:  Donor Insemination.

DN:  Dear Neice or Nephew.

DP:  Dear Partner.

DPIUI:  Days past IUI.

DPO:  Days Past Ovulation.

DS:  Dear Son.

DSD:  Dear Step-Daughter.

DSS:  Dear Step-Son.

DTD:  Do The Deed or Did The Deed.

DW:  Dear Wife.

Dx:  Diagnosis.

EDD:  Estimated date of delivery (due date).

EFR/FRER/FRE:  First Response Early Results Pregnancy Test.

ELV:  Easy Labor Vibes.

Endo:  Endometriosis.

EPO:  Evening Primrose Oil.

EPT:  Early Pregnancy Test (sometimes specifically ept Pregnancy Test).

ET:  Embryo Transfer.

EWCM:  Egg White Cervical Mucus.

FAM:  Fertility Awareness Method. Method for pregnancy avoidance or acheivement as outlined in Toni Weschler's book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

FET:  Frozen Embryo Transfer.

FIL:  Father-In-Law.

FMU:  First morning urine.

FSH:  Follicle Stimulating Hormone.

FWIW:  For what it's worth.

GIFT:  Gamete Intra-fallopian Transfer.

GP:  General Practitioner.

GYou: General you: people in general, not a specific poster.

HCG:  Human chorionic gonadotropin, the hormone that pregnancy tests detect.

HPT:  Home Pregnancy Test.

HRT:  Hormone Replacement Therapy.

HSG:  Hysterosalpingogram.

HTH:  Hope that helps.

ICSI:  Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection.

IF:  Infertility.

IRL:  In real life (as in "not on the Internet").

ITA:  I totally agree.

IUGR:  Intra-Uterine Growth Retardation.

IUI:  Intrauterine Insemination.

IVF:  In-vitro fertilization.

KWIM:  Know what I mean?

KWYM:  I know what you mean.

LAD:  Lame Assed Ditto.

LAP:  Laparoscopy.

LEEP:  Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (for cervical dysplasia).

LH:  Luteinizing Hormone.

LMAO:  Laughing My Bottom Off.

LMP:  Last Menstrual Period. (Start Date)

LOL:  Usually "Laughing out loud", sometimes "Lots Of Love" depending upon the context.

LP:  Luteal Phase.

LPD:  Luteal Phase Defect.

M/S:  Morning sickness.

MC, m/c:  Miscarriage.

MIL:  Mother-In-Law.

MW:  Midwife.

NFP:  Natural Family Planning.

NP:  Nurse Practitioner.

NST:  Non-Stress Test.

O:  Ovulation.

OB/GYN:  Obstetrician/Gynecologist.

OPK:  Ovulation Predictor Kit.

OPT:  Ovulation Predictor Test.

PCOS:  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - a condition which may include having cysts on your ovaries, but always makes achieving pregnancy more difficult. See for more information.

PCOD:  Polycystic Ovarian Disease (also PCO) - same as PCOS.

PG:  Pregnant.

PI:  Primary Infertility.

PID:  Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.

PMS:  Premenstrual Syndrome.

POAS:  Urinate on a Stick (use a home pregnancy test.)

PROM:  Premature Rupture of Membranes.

PTL:  Pre-term labor

RE:  Reproductive Endocrinologist.

ROFL:  Rolling on the floor laughing.

RPL:  Recurrent Pregnancy Loss.

Rx:  Prescription.

SA:  Sperm/Semen Analysis.

SAHM/SAHD/SAHM:  Stay at home mom/dad/wife.

SI:  Secondary Infertility.

SIL:  Sister-In-Law.

S/O or SO:  Spin Off or Significant Other, depending upon the context.

STD:  Sexually Transmitted Disease.

TMI:  Too much information.

TSH:  Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.

TTA:  Trying to Avoid conception.

TTC:  Trying To Conceive.

TTFN:  Ta Ta for now.

TTYL:  Talk to you later.

US, u/s:  Ultrasound.

UTI:  Urinary Tract Infection.

WAHM/WAHD:  Work at home mom/dad.

ZIFT:  Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer.

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