Glossary of pregnancy and conception abbreviations
What does is all mean? Online Abbreviation 101
Have you ever been reading forums or similar online about trying to conceive, and feel like they have their own language? Well this list of abbreviations should help you make sense of all.
Aunt Flo – (AF) is a euphemism for a menstrual period. It is used to discreetly tell someone that a person is on their period. The abbreviation “AF” is commonly used in online trying to conceive (TTC) and infertility message boards.
LH – Luteinizing hormone (LH) is a vital hormone for fertility. In women, a monthly surge of LH triggers the release of eggs and stimulates the formation of the corpus luteum in the ovary after ovulation.
LH surge – An LH surge is a rapid increase of the luteinizing hormone (LH) in a woman’s bloodstream that occurs 24-48 hours prior to ovulation. Using an Ovulation strip test, Ovulation Midstream tests or OPK can help measure LH levels in urine and can identify when the surge has occurred.
Progesterone – Progesterone produced by the corpus luteum is another hormone that is vital for fertility and it primarily aids implantation of the fertilized embryo.
BD – Baby dance (BD) is a lighthearted term for having sex with the intention of getting pregnant.
Baby Dust – is a way to covey good luck to an individual who is trying to conceive a child.
Beta hCG Test – A beta hCG test is a blood test that monitors levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) present in the body. This test is commonly used by doctors to either confirm an at-home pregnancy test results.
TTC – Trying To Conceive
DS & DD – Darling Son or Darling Daughter
DH – Darling Husband
BFP – Big Fat Positive is reference to a positive result on a pregnancy test.
Many who use the term have been trying very hard to get pregnant, often for a long time, and they have finally received that much-anticipated verification of a positive result
BFN – Big Fat Negative is reference to a negative result on a pregnancy test.
The term BFN is commonly used on infertility and trying to conceive (TTC) discussion boards and blogs.
EDD – Estimated Due Date is an estimation of when a baby is most likely to be born.
Typically, a pregnancy lasts 40 weeks from the day of conception
TWW or 2WW – Refers to the two week period between when you ovulated and when you’re supposed to get your next period and when you can take a home pregnancy test. If pregnancy is not achieved, the 2WW will end with the start of your menstrual period.
MS – Morning Sickness is a common symptom of early pregnancy and usually starts when you are around 6 weeks pregnant which is around two weeks after your missed menstrual period. Although it is called ‘morning sickness’, nausea (with or without vomiting) can happen at any time of the day. Morning Sickness in many cases, goes away by the end of the first 3 months
MC – It’s the saddest outcome, but not that uncommon. Many women who are trying to conceive have suffered a Miscarriage.
BBT – Basal Body Temperature is the temperature of the body at resting. using a extra sensitive basal body thermometer that can detect the slight changes in body temperature is an is an effective tool for predicting when ovulation will occur, and pinpointing your most fertile window.
BCP – Birth Control Pills
BC – Birth Control
CD – The term “cycle day” refers to a specific point in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Cycle day starts with day one of a period, which is the first day of bright red bleeding nd usually lasts around 21-35 days.
CD1 – is the first day of a menstrual cycle and is marked by the beginning of menstrual bleeding. For menstrual bleeding to count as the first day of the cycle, there should be a full flow of menstrual blood, not just mild spotting and it should occur before mid-afternoon.
DP5DT – is a term used to count the days that have passed since an embryo was transferred to a uterus during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. Such as Day 5 post 5-day transfer.
False positive Pregnancy test – A false-positive pregnancy test occurs when a pregnancy test indicates conception has occurred, when it has not. This is a very unlikely situation that rarely happens. When taken correctly, pregnancy tests are highly accurate.
Evaporation Line – An evaporation line is a colorless line that shows up in the result window of a home pregnancy test (HPT) due to the evaporation of urine. The appearance of this line doesn’t indicate pregnancy. Read more here.
FAM – Fertility awareness method is the recognition and tracking of a woman’s primary fertility signs (waking temperature, cervical mucus, and cervical position) to determine when she is or is not fertile. Read more here.
hCG – Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is the hormone detected in a woman’s body during pregnancy. Using home pregnancy test, Pregnancy strip test or Midstream Pregnancy test to detect the for the trace of hCG in your urine
Male fertility test – Male fertility tests are tests that can be done at home or at a specialised laboratory that are aimed at evaluation of the fertility of a man. A semen analysis is the easiest and the most widely performed initial test in male fertility testing.
Ovulation calendar – An ovulation calendar is a tool which attempts to predict a woman’s ovulation period based on the length of their menstrual period. The calendars are used to help estimate the time when a woman is most fertile, thereby determining the best time to have sex or to be inseminated for pregnancy. Read more here
CM – Cervical Mucus is vaginal fluid produced by the cervix throughout a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle that helps facilitate conception and allowing sperm to easily swim into the cervix. Your hormonal shifts influence the amount, texture, and appearance of cervical mucus, Monitoring these changes can assist in accurately detecting your most fertile phase.
CP – The ‘Cervical Position’ changes in conjunction with a woman’s monthly cycle. With regular monitoring the movements of the cervix, it is possible to identify when ovulation is occurring.
DPO – Days Past Ovulation refers to the number of days since ovulation has occurred. Tracking your DPO is generally done to determine when a potential pregnancy can be confirmed through a home pregnancy test.
FM – Fertility Monitor, Using either Ovulation strip tests or Ovulation Midstream Tests.
FMU – First Morning Urine is is the sample of urine that is expelled immediately after waking up in the morning. Home pregnancy tests detect the level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) using your FMU will have a higher concentration of hCG. Therefore, using the first-morning urine can better predict pregnancy in its early stages when hCG levels are at their lowest.
O – Ovulation is the monthly development, maturation, and release of an egg from an ovary in preparation for potential fertilization, leading to conception
OPK – An ovulation predictor kit (OPK) or Ovulation test is an at-home method for tracking when a woman is most likely to become pregnant by indicating when ovulation is likely to occur. OPKs may also be called fertility monitors or LH surge detectors
ART – Assisted reproductive technology (ART) refers to any treatment in which eggs or embryos are handled outside of the body. Some doctors also include intrauterine insemination, in which sperm are handled outside the body
IVF – In Vitro Fertilization is the most common type of ART.IVF is when a woman’s eggs are removed from her body and fertilized externally, and one or more resulting embryos are transferred to her uterus.
IP – Intended Parent/s is a term for an individual or couple using a third-party to build there family such as surrogacy. Couples experiencing infertility or unable to carry a pregnancy, same-sex couples, or single parents may become intended parents by choosing third-party reproduction.
ED -Egg donor is a woman who provides her eggs in order for women with egg issues, single men, or gay male couples to have the opportunity to experience pregnancy, biological parenthood, or as an avenue to becoming parents outside of adoption. The egg recipient or a surrogate mother can become pregnant with donor egg with IVF treatments .
POF – Premature Ovarian Failure is a condition in which the menstrual cycle stops and the ovaries stop releasing eggs well before age 40. This can result in menstrual irregularity and infertility
PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormone (endocrine) disorder in which a women’s levels of estrogen and progesterone are out of balance.
EWCM – Egg White Cervical Mucus is a vaginal fluid produced between the second and third week of a woman’s monthly cycle, around the time of ovulation. Egg white quality cervical mucus indicates that a woman is currently experiencing the most fertile part of her cycle.
TMI – Too Much Information
HPT – A ‘Home Pregnancy Test’ is a self-administered “pee on a stick” method of determining if a woman is pregnant. A HPT measures the levels of hCG present in a woman’s urine. The standard HPT most accurately recognise hCG levels seven to ten days after a missed period. Our Fertility2Family tests can detect hCG levels from 7 days past ovulation.
WAHM – Work At Home Mum
SAHM – Stay At Home Mum
GTT – Glucose Tolerance Test
POAS – Pee On A Stick (POAS) is in reference to using a Home Pregnancy Test, Pregnancy Strip Test, Pregnancy Midstream Test, Ovulation Strip Tests or an Ovulation Midstream Test at home.
VBAC – Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
D&C – Dilation and Curettage is a surgical procedure to remove tissue from the uterus. A D&C is performed for several reasons such as unexplained uterine bleeding, bleeding after menopause. Along with different treatments of a condition:
- Following the birth of a baby, to avoid excessive bleeding
- Removal of fibroid tumors
- Removal of uterine or cervical polyps
- Removal of tissue following a miscarriage or surgical abortion
Following a D&C it is common to experience several days of light vaginal bleeding and mild discomfort.
UTD – Up The Duff
LTTTC – Long Time Trying to Conceive
TIE – Taking It Easy