the TTC dictionary

I understand infertility comes with its own special dictionary. Here is a shortcut to some of the most commonly used acronyms. What am I missing? Feel free to comment and add to the list!

  • 2WW: Two-week wait (time between ovulation and period)
  • AF: Aunt Flow, that lovely visitor
  • ART: Advanced Reproductive Technology
  • BCP: birth control pills
  • beta- or “beta hCG”- blood test to determine pregnancy
  • BD: Baby dance (bluntly put, having sex)
  • BFN: Big fat negative (pregnancy test result)
  • BFP: Big fat positive (pregnancy test result)
  • BW= blood work
  • CB: Cycle buddy (someone who is sharing the same cycle as you, working towards a BFP!)
  • CD: Cycle day
  • CM: Cervical mucus  (This is so gross to even blog about, but its so commonly used in the TTC world that I had to include it!)
  • DA: Doctor Appointment
  • DH: Dear Husband or Darling Husband.)
  • DPO: Days past ovulation
  • DPIUI= Days past IUI
  • DPO= Days Past Ovulation
  • DPR= Days Past Retrieval
  • dp3dt= Days Past Three Day Transfer
  • EW: Eggwhite (re: consistency of cervical mucus – gross, again I know, but …)
  • FET: frozen embryo transfer
  • FMU: First morning urine (what you are supposed to use to test for a pregnancy test)
  • FRER: First Response Early Result pregnancy test
  • FSH: follicle stimulating hormone
  • Fx: Fingers crossed
  • HPT: Home pregnancy test
  • hCG, HCG:Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
  • HSG: hysterosalpingogram (this is a hospital test that is done to see if the Fallopian tubes are blocked. It can be painful but it’s quick!)
  • ICSI: Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (a way to fertilize eggs during IVF)
  • IF: Infertility
  • IRL: In Real Life
  • IUI: Intrauterine Insemination
  • IVF: In Vitro Fertilization (I really hope you know this one by now too!)
  • LH: luteinizing hormone
  • MC or m/c: miscarriage
  • OPK: Ovulation predictor kit (this helps women measure specifically when they are going to ovulate … so they can BD!)
  • P4: progesterone
  • PCP: Primary Care Provider
  • PG: Pregnant
  • POAS: Pee on a Stick (what you get to do while taking an ovulation or pregnancy test)
  • PCOS: Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Rx: Prescription
  • SA: Semen Analysis
  • SPA: Sperm Penetration Assay
  • TI: Timed Intercourse
  • TTC: Trying to conceive
  • TSH: thyroid-stimulating hormone
  • TWW/2WW:  two-week wait- time between ovulation and period
  • US or u/s: Ultrasound

12 thoughts on “the TTC dictionary

  1. Dani says:

    Hadn’t yet seen a comprehensive list, Chelsea. Thank you for sharing, as I thought I knew most of these, but apparently didn’t.

    With heart,
    Dani

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