Fertility Abbreviations that 
You Need to Know

by Dec 16, 2019

As you start searching for fertility information online, you may find yourself lost in the strange world of acronyms and abbreviations. We’ve collected the list of the most popular ones to help you navigate numerous forums and blogs. You’re welcome!

What’s Your Status?

TTC – Trying to Conceive

YTC- Yearning to Conceive

TTA – Trying to Avoid (Pregnancy)

TTW – Trying to Whatever

NFP – Natural Family Planning

BOB- Baby on the Brain, Baby-Obsessed Brain

BC / AC – Before / After Children

PG – Pregnant

HAB – Having a Baby

HAH 9 months – Happy and Healthy 9 Months

FTM – First-time Mother

PP – Postpartum

ML – Maternity Leave

SAHP / SAHM / SAHD – Stay-at-home Parent / Mom / Dad

WAHP – WAHM / WAHD – Work-at-home Parent / Mom / Dad

Important Terms of Menstrual Cycle

CD# – Cycle Day

O / Ov – Ovulation

#DPO – Days past Ovulation

CY# – Cycle Number

FP- Follicular Phase

LP – Luteal Phase

CM – Cervical Mucus

CF – Cervical Fluid (same as mucus)

EGCM – Egg White Cervical Mucus

AF – Aunt Flo (menstrual bleeding)

2WW / TWW – Two-Week Wait (the time between ovulation and either your next period or a positive pregnancy test)

LMP – Last Menstrual Period (the first day of your last period)

Hormones Involved

LH – Luteinizing Hormone (the hormone that triggers ovulation; an LH surge is an increase in LH just before ovulation)

FSH – Follicle Stimulating Hormone

PdG – Progesterone

hCG – Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (the hormone that pregnancy tests measure)

E3G – Estrogen (Estradiol)

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Euphemisms for Sex

BD – Baby Dance

BMS – Baby-Making Sex

DTD – Do the Deed 

How Do You Call Your People?

DH – Dear Husband

DF – Dear Fiancé

SO – Significant Other

OH – Other Half

DB – Dear boyfriend

BF – Boyfriend

DuH – Dumb Husband

DP – Dear Partner

LO – Little One

DS – Dear Son

DD – Dear Daughter

Various Things to Assist in TTC Journey

OPK / OPT – Ovulation Predictor Kit / Test

HPT – Home Pregnancy Test

BFN – Big Fat Negative (the result of pregnancy test)

BFP – Big Fat Positive

IC – Internet Cheapie (a cheap pregnancy test or ovulation predictor kit bought online)

EMU – Early Morning Urine

FMU – First Morning Urine

POAS – Pee On A Stick

BBT – Basal Body Temperature

BBTC – Basal Body Temperature Charting

BC / BCP – Birth Control / Birth Control Pills

Medical Conditions and Symptoms

PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Endo – Endometriosis

OHSS – Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

PID – Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

IC – Incompetent Cervix

MC or M/C – Miscarriage 

CP – Chemical Pregnancy

M/S – Morning Sickness 

B/W – Blood Work (diagnostic testing of blood)

U/S – Ultrasound

BP – Blood Pressure

BM – Bowel Movement

HCG – Hysterosalpingogram (an X-ray of the womb and fallopian tubes)

IB – Implantation bleeding (slight bleeding or spotting that may happen around the time an embryo implants in your womb)

Infertility Acronyms and Fertility Treatments

FS – Fertility Specialist

RE – Reproductive Endocrinologist

Dx – Diagnosis

IF – Infertility

IW – Infertility Warrior

UI – Unexplained Infertility

SF – Subfertility

DI – Donor Insemination

AI – Artificial or Assisted Insemination

ART – Assisted Reproductive Technology (same as IVF)

IVF – In-Vitro Fertilisation

ET – Embryo Transfer

IUI – Intrauterine Insemination

ICI – Intracervical Insemination

ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

PGD – Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (where IVF embryos are tested for genetic conditions before implantation)

PGS – Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (where IVF embryos are tested to make sure they have a healthy number of chromosomes before implantation)

PMA – Positive Mental Attitude

SA – Semen Analysis (an assessment of sperm quantity, quality, and motility)

SMEP – Sperm Meets Egg Plan (a specific method for trying to conceive)

SD – Sperm Donor

TCOYF – Take Charge of Your Fertility

Folk Remedies 

Some women believe that these natural supplements can help fertility. While we have no intention to support these assertions, we suppose you’d like to know what other people mean by using these acronyms.

AC – Agnus Castus 

EPO – Evening Primrose Oil 

RLT – Raspberry Leaf Tea

SI – Soya Isoflavones 

Some Extras

Baby Dust – This expression is used when you wish someone good luck with conceiving a baby: “Baby Dust to you!” Sticky Dust is used when you wish someone good luck with a current pregnancy.

Snowbaby – Frozen Embryo

Angel Baby – A baby who has been lost during pregnancy, a miscarriage. 

Rainbow baby- A baby born following a miscarriage

EDD – Estimated Due Date or Expected Date of Delivery

L&D – Labor and Delivery

CS – C-Section or Cesarean section

Circ. – Circumcise

PPD – Postpartum Depression

DC – Daycare

AP – Attachment Parenting

BF – Breast Feeding

BM – Breast Milk

EBF – Extended Breastfeeding or Exclusively Breastfeeding

FF – Formula Feeding

EBM – Expressed Breast Milk

BLW – Baby-Led Weaning

CIO – Cry It Out 

We hope you’ve found our list helpful, and now you’ll feel more confident, even if you’re an FTM. But please remember: while forums, chats, and blogs are great for sharing your feelings and emotions, it is important to share all your pregnancy or fertility concerns with your doctor.

✔️ Medically Reviewed by Banafsheh Kashani, MD, FACOG

Banafsheh Kashani, MD, FACOGBanafsheh Kashani, M.D., FACOG is a board-certified OB/GYN and specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Eden Fertility Centers, and has been treatingcouples and individuals with infertility since 2014.

Dr. Kashani has conducted extensive research in female reproduction, with a specific focus on the endometrium and implantation.

Additionally, Dr. Kashani has authored papers in the areas of fertility preservation, and fertility in women with PCOS and Turners syndrome. She also was part of a large SART-CORS study evaluating the trend in frozen embryo transfers and success rates.

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