Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Glossary

This is a guide to better understanding abbreviations that you might come across on my blog, or other infertility websites. Below are things which I find I mention somewhat frequently. Yes, some of them are pretty darn silly, but what can I say. They're commonly used in the online infertility community and have become a part of my lingo :-)

For additional abbreviations that are not mentioned below, please visit BabySnark's Abbreviations and Glossary List - one of the most extensive list's I've found so far.


A
AF - Aunt Flow (or menstrual cycle)

B
Baby Dust - Good luck wishes for a positive pregnancy test
BCP - Birth Control Pills
BFP - Big Fat Positive (as in, positive pregnancy test!)
BFN - Big Fat Negative (yep. you got it. a negative test)

C
CM - Cervical Mucus (also known as Cervical Fluid)

D
DH - Dear Husband
DPO - Days Past Ovulation (the countdown to testing for pregnancy)

E
Embabies or Embies - Otherwise known as Embryos

F
FWIW - For What it's Worth

G
GnRH - Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone

H
HPT - Home Pregnancy Test

I
ICSI - Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IF - Infertility
IM - Intra-Muscular (Infertility Shots)
IMO - In My Own Opinion
IUI - Intra Uterine Insemination
IVF - In Vitro Fertilization
IVM - In Vitro Maturation

L
LOL - Laugh Out Loud

O
O - Ovulation/Ovulate
OMG - Oh My Goodness!

P
PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PIO - Progesterone in Oil
POAS - Peeing on a Stick (stick, as in an at-home pregnancy test)

R
RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist (or fertility specialist)

T
TTC - Trying to Conceive
TMI - Too Much Information

MISC
2WW - Two Week Wait (the time from ovulation to when you might get a positive pregnancy test)







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