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Conceptionese: TTC Acronyms Decoded

on October 22, 2012

I have never in my life seen so many acronyms! Here’s a collection of common terms and abbreviations used by people who are trying to conceive, often in blogs, forums, and message boards.

2WW or TWW: Two-week wait (between ovulation and expected period, luteal phase)
ACU: acupuncture
AF: Aunt Flow, menstruation
AFM: as for me
AI: artificial insemination (aka IUI)
AO: Annovulatory
Beta: hcg blood test
BBT: Basal body temperature
BC/BCP: birth control/pills
BD: Baby dance, sex
BFN: Big fat negative (test result)
BFP: Big fat positive (test result)
CB: Cycle buddy (someone who shares the same menstrual cycle/ovulation dates)
CD: Cycle day (CD1 is 1st day of your period)
CF: Cervical fluid
CL: Corpus luteum
CM: Cervical mucus
CP: Cervical position
DE: donor eggs
DH: dear husband (DD, DS, DP dear/darling daughter, son, partner)
DI: Donor insemination
DPO: Days past ovulation
DTD: Doing the deed, sex
DX: diagnosis
EW: Eggwhite (re: consistency of cervical mucus)
EDD: estimated due date
FRER: First Response Early Result pregnancy test
FTTA: Fertile thoughts to all
FIL: father in law
FMU: First morning urine
F/U: follow up
FX: fingers crossed
H&H: happy and healthy (9 months)
hCG: Human chorionic gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone)
HPT: Home pregnancy test
HRT: hormone replacement therapy
HSG: hysterosalpingogram
HX: history
IC: Internet cheapie ( OPK or HPT)
ICSI: intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ick-see)
IF: Infertility
IMO: in my opinion
IRL: in real life (as opposed to online friends/forums)
IUI: Intrauterine Insemination
IVF: In Vitro Fertilization
LH: Luteinizing hormone
LMP: Last menstrual period
LP: Luteal phase
MC or m/c: miscarriage
MIL: mother in law
MF: male factor (infertility)
O: Ovulation
OPK: Ovulation predictor kit/tests
POAS: pee on a stick
PCOS (POS): Polycystic ovarian syndrome
PG: Pregnancy, pregnant
PGD/PGS: preimplantation genetic diagnosis/screening
PI: primary infertility (no children yet)
RE: reproductive endocrinologist (fertility doc)
RX: prescription
S/A: Sperm/semen analysis
SI: secondary infertility ( trouble conceiving second child)
SIL: sister in law
SMU: second morning urine
SO: significant other
TCOYF: Taking Charge of Your Fertility (book/website)
TIA: thanks in advance
TMI: too much information
TTC: Trying to conceive
TX: treatment
US or u/s: ultrasound
UTI: urinary tract infection
WTF: what the f***?!

3 responses to “Conceptionese: TTC Acronyms Decoded

  1. Courtney says:

    You forgot OB = Old Bitch. Another term (by those outside the US) for AF šŸ˜‰ I will never use AF again now knowing about OB!

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