Getting pregnant

Getting-pregnant message board glossary

Want to chat on our message boards but don't know the lingo? We've got you covered! From AH to ZIFT, we put together a glossary of all the message board acronyms you need to know while you're trying to get pregnant.

By Laura Grande

Getting-pregnant message board glossary

When you’re trying to conceive, community support and online conversations with others who've been there, or are in the same boat as you, can go a long way toward helping you prepare, both mentally and physically. However, trying to get in on the conversation can be a little overwhelming at first. Here are a few FUA’s (frequently used acronyms) to help you navigate your way through all those message board discussions.

Acronym Translation
2ww Two-week wait; the time between ovulation and a potential positive pregnancy test
AF Aunt Flo; menstruation
AFNW Aunt Flo not wanted
AH Assisted hatching
AI Artificial insemination
ART Assisted reproductive technology
ASA Anti-sperm antibody
Baby dust Good luck getting pregnant; well wishes
BB’s Breasts
BBT Basal body temperature
BC Birth control
BCP Birth control pills
BD Baby dance; making love
BFP Bloody f --- positive!
BFN Bloody f --- negative!
BMS Baby-making sex
BTDT Been there, done that
BW Blood work
CASA Computer-assisted semen analysis
CB Cycle buddy; sharing a menstrual cycle
CCCT Clomiphene citrate challenge test
CD Cycle day
CF Cervical fluid
CL Corpus luteum
CM Cervical mucus
CNM Certified nurse midwife
CP Cervical position
CY Cycle
D&C Dilation and curettage
D&E Dilation and evaluation
DES Diethylstilbestrol; a synthetic estrogen
DI Donor insemination
DP Dear partner
DPO Days post-ovulation
Dx Diagnosis
EB or EBM Endometrial biopsy
EDD Estimated due date
EPT Early pregnancy test
ET Embryo transfer
ETA Embryo toxicity assay
EW Egg white consistency
EWCM Egg white cervical mucus
FET Frozen embryo transfer
FM Fertility monitor
FMU First morning urine
FP Follicular phase
FSH Follicle stimulating hormone
GCT Glucose challenge test
GP General practitioner
HPT Home pregnancy test
Acronym Translation
HRT Hormone replacement therapy
ICI Intra-cervical insemination
IF Infertility
LMP Last menstrual period
MC Miscarriage
MF Male factor
MFM Maternal fetal medication
MS Morning sickness
NEST Non-surgical embryonic selective thinning
NO No ovulation
NP Nurse practitioner
NSA Non-surgical sperm aspiration
NST Non-stress test
O Ovulation
OB/GYN Obstetrician/gynecologist
OC Oral contraceptives
OCT Oxytocin challenge test
OHSS Ovulation hyper stimulation syndrome
OPK Ovulation predictor kit
OTC Over-the-counter
PA Physicians assistant
PC Post-coital
PCOD Polycystic ovary disease
PCOS Polycystic ovary syndrome
PCP Primary care physician
PCT Post-coital test
PG Pregnant
PI Primary infertility
PID Pelvic inflammatory disease
PMS Pre-menstrual syndrome
POAS Pee on a stick
POF Premature ovarian failure
RE Reproductive endocrinologist; infertility specialist
RI Reproductive immunologist
RPL Recurrent pregnancy loss
Rx Prescription
S/A Sperm/semen analysis
SATD Stay-at-home dad
SAHM Stay-at-home mom
SI Secondary infertility
STD Sexually transmitted disease
TESE Testicular sperm extraction
TET Tubal embryo transfer
TR Tubal reversal
TRH Thyroid releasing hormone
TSH Thyroid stimulating hormone
TTC Trying to conceive
TUFT Trans-uterine fallopian transfer
Tx Treatment
US Ultrasound
UTI Urinary tract infection
V Vasectomy
VR Vasectomy reversal
WBC White blood cells
YI Yeast infection
ZIFT Zygote intra-fallopian transfer
This article was originally published on Nov 28, 2011

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