Wednesday, August 1, 2007

My list of TTC abbreviations and definitions

I've recently realized that its not just infertile people who read infertility blogs. In light of that new information, I decided to make a list of some of the commonly used TTC abbreviations. If I've forgotten any, or if there is one thats confusing you put it in the comment section and I'll answer it and add it to the list. Kthanxbai!

AC - Assisted Conception

AF - Aunt Flow (period)

AI - Artificial Insemination

AID - Artificial Insemination with Donor sperm

AIH - Artificial Insemination with Husbands sperm

ART - Artificial Reproductive Technology

BABY DUST - Another term you wont find me using (unless sarcastically) Baby dust is something fertile people (or recently pregnant infertiles) try to bestow upon you when they are wishing you luck getting pregnant. It clearly does not work. While its always said with the best intentions, I find it HIGHLY annoying.

BETA - Blood pregnancy test.

BBT - Basal Body Temperature

BD - Baby Dancing (sexual intercourse) <------- you will NEVER see me use this term with any seriousness. I think its the most ridiculous thing!! But others do still use it, so I figured I'd throw it on here.

BFN - Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test)

BFP - Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test)

B/W - Blood work

CD - Cycle Day

CF - Cervical Fluid

DH - Dear Husband, Dear Heart, or as one of my friends thought....Dumb Husband. :)

CM - Cervical Mucous

DI - Donor Insemination

DPO - Days Past Ovulation

DPIUI - Days past Intra Uterine Insemination.

DPO5DT/DP3DT - Days past a 5 day transfer/ days past a three day transfer. Days past a five day transfer for explanation purposes, means it was transferred into the uterus 5 days after it was fertilized.

ER - Egg Retrieval

ET - Embryo Transfer

EW/EWCM - Egg White Cervical Mucous

FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer

FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone

GIFT - Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer

HCG - human chorionic gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone)

HPT - Home Pregnancy Test

HSG - Hysterosalpingogram

ICSI - Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Insertion, aka where they shove the spazzy little sperm right into the egg.

IF - Infertility

IUI - Intra Uterine Insemination

IVF - In Vitro Fertilisation

LP - Luteal Phase

M/C - Miscarriage

O - Ovulation

OHSS - Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome

OI - Ovulation Induction

OPK - Ovulation Predictor Kit

PCOS - Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome

PG - Pregnant

POF - Premature Ovarian Failure

RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist. Aka the man or woman who will hopefully, finally manage to get you knocked up!

STICKY DUST - Right along the same lines of BABY DUST. This one however is used when recurrent pregnancy loss has happened or once you've moved on to IVF. Sticky dust is bestowed upon you in the hopes that the embryo sticks around. And once again, its used with the best intentions. But still annoys me. I guess I'm easily annoyed.

TMI - Too Much Information

Trigger - HCG injection to force ovulation

TTC - Trying To Conceive

U/S - Ultrasound

WTF appointment - This is the appointment you go to after trying at least 2 sometimes more than 4 unsuccessful IUI and before moving on to IVF where you basically look at your RE and say "What the fuck, doc?! WHY am I not pregnant!? And now what??"

2WW - Two Week Wait (Between ovulation and period due) Aka, two weeks of torture.

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