The ABC of TTC

A home pregnancy test ... or make that a HPT.
A home pregnancy test ... or make that a HPT. Photo: Getty Images

As if trying to get pregnant isn't difficult enough, there is a whole language of acronyms out there to get your head around too. Let me (try) to explain.

I had to CIO last week when I got my BFN. Despite monitoring my CM and making sure we BD when there was more than enough EWCM every HPT gave me the same answer.

I was sure I was PG, but was having IPS. With every FMU and HPT my HB would rise. I didn't think about it during the 2WW but was pretty sure I was going to get my BFP. When AF arrived, as much as I tried not to be, I was pretty devastated.

If I am not careful, I will totally blow our budget on HPT, but someone did suggest IC HPTs.

Last week was a tough one, but I am very lucky to have such an understanding SO who has been so supportive. TTC is not easy at all. PCOS is a really frustrating condition and I am thinking I might give OPKs a go next month but I don't want to go OTT either.

I don't mean to be OT with this blog, but sometimes it is good to see the  humour in difficult situations (well try to at least) I don't want to give you TMI, but I did PMSL when reading these paragraphs back to myself.

Not sure what that was all about? I wasn't either until I found a list of commonly used acronyms associated with trying to conceive. Before then I was REALLY, REALLY FRUSTRATED when I looked for information online!

Because trying to conceive isn't complicated enough, here is a new language to learn too. WDYT? (Let me know in  the comments section and feel free to add any acronymns I have missed).

AC - Assisted Conception
AF - Aunt Flo (periods)
AFAIK - as far as I know
AFM - as for me
AI - Assisted or Artificial Insemination
AID - Artificial Insemination with Donor Sperm
AIH - Artificial Insemination with husband's/partner's sperm
ART - Assisted Reproductive Technology
BBT - Basal Body temperature
BCP - Birth control pill
BD - baby dancing (sex)
BFN - big fat negative (pregnancy test)
BG - Buddy Group
BF - Breast feeding
BFP - big fat positive (pregnancy test)
B/T - blood test
BTW - by the way
CD - cycle day
CIO - Cry it out
CM - cervical mucus
CVS - Chorionic Villus Sampling
D&C - Dilation & Curette
DH, DS, DD, DF, DB - dear husband, dear son, dear daughter, dear fiance, dear boyfriend
DI - Donor Insemination
DIG - Due In Group
DYKWIM - Do you know what I mean
DPO - days past ovulation
ED - Egg Donation
Em D - Embryo Donation
Endo - Endometriosis
EP - Ectopic Pregnancy
EPS - Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms
EPU - Egg pick up
ETA - Edited to Add
ET - Embryo Transfer
EW or EWCM - Egg White or Egg White Cervical Mucus (description of cervical mucus at ovulation time)
FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer 

FMU - First Morning Urine
FRER - First response Early Result (HPT brand)
FS - Fertility Specialist
FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
FWIW - for what it's worth
FYI - for your information
*g* - grin
GIFT - Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
GD - Gestational Diabetes
GYN - gynaecologist
HB - heartbeat

HPT - home pregnancy test
HTH - hope this helps
HYST - Hysteroscopy
ICA - Inter Country Adoption
IC - Internet Cheapie (when talking about HPTs or OPKs)
ICSI - Intracytoplasmic Sperm Insertion
IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my humble/honest opinion
IPS - Imaginary Pregnancy Symptoms
IUI - Intrauterine Insemination
IVF - In Vitro Fertilisation
IYKWIM - if you know what I mean
JMHO - just my humble/honest opinion
LAP - laparoscopy
LMAO - Laughing my a$$ off
LOL - laughing out loud
MF - male factor
MIL, FIL, BIL, SIL - mother, father, brother, sister-in-law
M/C - miscarriage
M/S - morning sickness
NMS - Not My Style
O - Ovulation
OB - Obstetrician
OHSS - Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome
OI - Ovulation Induction
OPK - ovulation predictor test kit
OPU - Ovum (Egg) Pick Up
OT - Off Topic
OTT - Over The Top
PCO - Poly Cystic Ovaries
PCOS - Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
PG - pregnant
PGD - Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
POAS - pee on a stick (do a home pregnancy test)
POF - Premature Ovarian Failure
PMSL - pee myself laughing
RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist (Fertility specialist)
ROFL - rolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAO - roll on floor laughing my a$$ off
RPS - Real Pregnancy Symptoms
SA - semen analysis
SAHM - stay at home mum
SCSA - Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay (test to check for DNA breakage in sperm)
SD - Step Daughter
SO - significant other
SS - Step Son
TCM - Traditional Chinese Medicine
TIA - thanks in advance
TTC - trying to conceive
TMI - Too Much Information
U/S - Ultrasound
WAHM - work at home mum
WDYT - What do you think
2WW - 2 week wait (wait after ovulation when TTC)

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