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Saturday, October 21, 2006

TTC Lingo

It occurred to me that not everyone who reads this blog will be "in the know" with regards to the terminology involved in trying to conceive (TTC). Thus, before I have too many folks checking here who are totally confused about all the abbreviations, here is a list of some of the terms that you might see in my blog and other TTC blogs. I will make a permanent link to it for future reference. And I will update it as required.

AC - Assisted Conception
AF - Aunt Flo (getting your period)
AFAIK - as far as I know
AI – Assisted/Artificial Insemination
AID - Artificial Insemination with Donor Sperm
AIH - Artificial Insemination with husband's or partner's sperm
ART - Assisted Reproductive Technology (all forms of assisted reproduction are included)
BBT - Basal Body temperature (for me, temp taken at 5 a.m.)
BCP - Birth control pill
BD - baby dancing / bad deed (to have sex)
BFN - big fat negative (pregnancy test)
BFP - big fat positive (pregnancy test)
BW - blood work
BTW - by the way
CC - Controlled Crying
CD - cycle day (e.g, CD3, CD11)
CM - cervical mucus
DBT - dead baby thoughts
D&C - Dilation & Curettage
DH, DS, DD, DF, DB - dear husband, dear son, dear daughter, dear fiancé, dear boyfriend
DI - Donor Insemination
DPO - days past ovulation
EP - Ectopic Pregnancy
EPU - Egg pick up
ER - Egg Retrival
ET - Embryo Transfer
EW or EWCM - Egg White or Egg White Cervical Mucus (description of cervical mucus at ovulation time)
FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer (or fertilised egg transfer)
FS - Fertility Specialist
FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
FWIW - for what it's worth
FYI - for your information
GIFT - Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
GD - Gestational Diabetes
GYN - gynaecolgist
HPT - home pregnancy test
HSG - hysterosalpingogram (injection of dye into the uterus and fallopian tubes)
ICSI - Intracytoplasmic Sperm Insertion (injection of one sperm into an egg)
IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my humble opinion
IUI - Intrauterine Insemination (insertion of sperm into the uterine cavity)
IVF - In Vitro Fertilization (the mingling of sperm with an egg in a lab)
IYKWIM - if you know what I mean
LAP - laparoscopy
LOL - laughing out loud
MF - male factor
MIL, FIL, BIL, SIL - mother, father, brother, sister-in-law
M/C - miscarriage
M/S - morning sickness
O - Ovulation
OB - Obstetrician
OHSS - Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome
OI - Ovulation Induction
OPK - ovulation predictor test kit
OPU - Ovum (Egg) Pick Up
OT - Off Topic
PCO - Poly Cystic Ovaries
PCOS - Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
PG - pregnant
PGD - Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
POAS - pee on a stick (take a home pregnancy test)
POF - Premature Ovarian Failure
RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist
ROFL - rolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAO - roll on floor laughing my a$$ off
SA - Sperm Analysis
SCSA - Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay (test to check for DNA breakage in sperm)
SD - Step Daughter
SO - significant other
SS - Step Son
TTC - trying to conceive
TMI - Too Much Information
U/S - Ultrasound
2WW - 2 week wait (time period between ovulation and either a BFP or the arrival of AF)

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