Learning the language of TTC, a glossary of terms

So I thought the Army had a lot of acronyms, but they have nothing on the Trying to Conceive crowd, who from this post forth will be referred to as the “TTC.” Once you start venturing onto forums and posting you are going to learn a new language. No more will you get a period- you get AF. Talking about your husband? That’s DH to you. You’ll also learn about the magical concept of “baby dust” and hope for a “bean that sticks.”

Here’s a handy dandy guide that should answer most of your TTC related lingo questions:

…and FTTA!

A

AAMOF – As A Matter Of Fact

ACA – Anti-Cardiolopin Antibodies

ADN – Any Day Now

AF – Aunt Flo – Menstrual Cycle

AH,AZH – Assisted Hatching

AHI – At-home Insemination

AI – Artificial Insemination

AIH – Artificial Insemination from Husband

AKA – Also Known As

AO – Anovulation

AOA,AVA – Anti-ovarian Antibody

ART – Assisted Reproductive Technology

ATM – At The Moment

AWOL – A Woman On Lupron

B

B4 – Before

B4N – Before Now

BA – Baby Aspirin

BABYDUST – Good wishes vibe for getting pregnant

BBL – Be Back Later

BBT – Basal Body Temperature

BBs – BooBies AKA Breasts

B/C – Because

BC – Birth Control

BCP – Birth Control Pills

BD – Baby Dance (intercourse)

BF – BreastFed, BoyFriend

BFN – Big Fat Negative (Neg Pregnancy Test)

BFP – Big Fat Positive! (Positive Pregnancy Test)

BIL – Brother InLaw

C

C# – Cycle Number

CB – Cycle Buddy

CD – Cycle Day

CF – Cervical Fluid

CM – Cervical Mucus

CP – Cervical Position

CNM – CertifiedNurseMidwife

D

DA – Dear Angel

DH – Dear Husband

DP – Dear Partner

DD – Dear daughter

DS – Dear Son

DSD – Dear Step-Daughter

DSS – Dear Step-Son

D&C – Dilation & Curettage

D&E – Dilation & Evacuation

DPO – Days Post-Ovulation

DPC – Days Since Last Clomid pill was taken

DPR – Days Post-Retrieval

DPT – Days Post-Transfer

Dx – Diagnosis

E

E2 – Estradiol

EB,EMB – Endometrial Biopsy

EDD – Estimated Due Date

ENDO – Endometriosis

EG – Evil Grin

EOD – End Of Discussion

EPO – Evening Primrose Oil

EPT – Early Pregnancy Test

ESP – ESPecially

ET – Embryo Transfer

EW,EWCM – Eggwhite Cervical Mucus

F

FET – Frozen Embryo Transfer

FHR – Fetal Heart Rate

FIL – Father in law

FP – Follicular Phase

FSH – Follicle Stimulating Hormone

FBOW – For Better Or Worse

FTTA – Fertile Thoughts To All

FUR – False Unicorn Root

FV – Fertile Vibes

FYA – For Your Amusement

FYI – For Your Information

G

G – Grin

GAFIA – Get Away From It All

GAL- Get A Life

GFY – Good For You

GG- Gotta Go

GIFT – Gamete Intra-fallopianTransfer

GMTA – Great Minds Think Alike

GnRH – Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone

GP – General Practitioner

H

HAGD – Have A Great Day

HAND – Have A Nice Day

hCG,HCG – Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

hMG,HMG – Human Menopausal Gonadotropin

HPT – Home Pregnancy Test

HRT – Hormone Replacement Therapy

HSC – Hysteroscopy

HSG – Hysterosalpingogram

HTH – Hope That Helps

HUTH – Hang Up The Horns

I

IAC – In Any Case

IAE – In Any Event

ICI – Intra-cervical Insemination

ICSI – Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection

ICBW – I Could Be Wrong

IDTT – I’ll Drink To That

IIRC – If I Recall Correctly

IM – Instant Message (Instant Messaging)

IF – Infertility

IMAO – In My Arrogant Opinion

IMBO – In My Biased Opinion

IMCO – In My Considered Opinion

IME – In My Experience

IMHO – In My Honest/Humble Opinion

IMNSHO – In My Not So Humble Opinion

IMO – In My Opinion

INPO – In No Particular Order

IOW – In Other Words

IRL – In Real Life

ITI – Intra-tubal Insemination

IUI – Intra-uterine Insemination

IVF – InVitro Fertilization

J

JIC – Just In Case

J/K – Just Kidding

JMO – Just My Opinion

JTYWLTK – Just Thought You Would Like To Know

K

KISS – Keep It Simple Sweetheart (Stupid)

KUP – Keep us posted

KWIM – Know What I Mean

L

LAP – Laparoscopy

LH – Luteinizing Hormone

LMP – Last Menstrual Period (startdate)

LMAO – Laughing My Ankles (A**) Off

LMBO – Laughing My Butt Off

LO – Love Olympics (sex)

LOL – Laugh Out Loud

LP – Luteal Phase

LPD – Luteal Phase Defect4

LSP – Low Sperm Count

LUF,LUFS – Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome

M

MC,m/c – Miscarriage

MF – MaleFactor

MIFT – Micro Injection Fallopian Transfer

MIL – Mother in law

M/S, MS – Morning Sickness

N

NA (N/A) – Not Applicable, Not Appropriate

NAK – Nursing At Keyboard

Newbie – New to the Internet or Bulletin Board

NFP – Natural Family Planning

NIPing – Nursing In Public

NMP – Not My Problem

NP – No Problem

NPI – No Pun Intended

NRN – No Reply Necessary

NT – No Text

O

O – Ovulation, Ovulated

OB – Obstetrician

OB/GYN – Obstetrician/Gynecologist

OC – Oral Contraceptives

OD – Ovulatory Dysfunction

OHT – One-Handed Typing

OP – Other Poster/Original Poster

OIC – Oh I (C) See

OMG – Oh My God

OPK – Ovulation Predictor Kit

OPT – Ovulation Predictor Test

OT – Off Topic

OTOH – On The Other Hand

OTS – Off The Subject

OTC – Over The Counter

P

PPAF – Post-Pardom Aunt Flo

PCO – Polycystic Ovaries

PCOD – Polycystic Ovary Disease

PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PCP – Primary Care Physician

PCT – Post Coital Test

PG – Pregnant

PID – Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

PMS – Pre-menstrual Syndrome

POAS – Pee on a stick (Home Pregnancy Test)

PPL – PeoPLe

PTL – Praise The Lord

PU – That Stinks

R

RE – Reproductive Endocrinologist

R-FSH – Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone

RI – Reproductive Immunologist

Rx – Prescription

S

SA – Semen Analysis

SAHD – Stay-At-Home Dad

SAHM – Stay-At-Home Mom

SB – Step-Brother

SBT – Sad But True

SD – Step-Daughter / Step-Dad

SFAIAA – So Far As I Am Aware

SF – Step-Father

SFMP – Sorry For Multiple Posts

SHG – Sonohysterogram

SIL – Sister in law

SITD – Still In The Dark

SM – Step-Mom (Mother)

SNS – Supplemental Nursing System

SMEP – Sperm Meets Egg Plan

SS – Step-Son / Step-Sister

SO – Significant Other

STD – Sexually Transmitted Disease

T

TAFT – That’s A Frightening Thought

TAYL – Talk At You Later

TCOYF -Taking Care of Your Fertility

TFIC – Tongue Firmly In Cheek

THX – Thanks

TIA- Thanks In Advance

TIC – Tongue In Cheek

TIME – Tears In My Eyes

TMI – Too Much Information

TOH – typing one-handed

TPTB – The Powers That Be

TTC – Trying To Conceive

TTFN – Ta-Ta For Now

TTYL – Talk To You Later

TTYS – Talk To You Soon

TWIMC – To Whom It May Concern

TWW – Two week wait (also 2WW)

TY – Thank You

TYVM – Thank You Very Much

TR – Tubal Reversal

Tx – Treatment

U

UR – Urologist

U/S – Ultrasound

UTI – Urinary Tract Infection

V

V – Vasectomy

VR – Vasectomy Reversal

W

WAHD – Work-At-Home-Dad

WAHM – Work-At-Home-Mom

WB – Welcome Back

WFM – Works For Me

WEG – Wicked Evil Grin

W/O – WithOut

WNL – Within Normal Limits

WOHM – Work Out of Home Mom

WRT – With Regard To

WTG – Way To Go

WTH – What The Heck??

WU? – What’s Up?

WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get

Z

ZIFT – Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer

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