Is there a shortcut page for the

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Is there a shortcut page for the
Tue, 07-14-2009 - 8:17pm
abbreviations. I am trying to become involved in this board, but am having trouble figuring out what a lot of the initials/abbreviations mean. I don't want to sound stupid by replying and not knowing what they actually mean. Thanks for all the help.

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Registered: 02-04-2008
Tue, 07-14-2009 - 8:39pm

Hi there. I copied this from another board. Hope it helps:


1WW - 1 Week Wait (when you only have 1 more week until either AF shows or you take a HPT)
2WW - 2 Week Wait (the two weeks after you O when you're waiting either for AF to show or to take a HPT)
AF - Aunt Flo (your period or menstruation)
BF - Boyfriend, Best Friend, or Breastfeed
BIL - Brother-In-Law
BBT - Basal Body Temperature
BCP - Birth Control Pills
BD - Baby Dance (this is referring to having intercourse in an effort to produce a baby)
BFN - Big Fat Negative (negative result on a pregnancy test)
BFP - Big Fat Positive (positive result on a pregnancy test)
BTW - By The Way
CB - Cycle Buddy (A girl on the board close to the same cycle day as you. You might choose her as a "buddy" and be supportive of each other as you go through your cycles together.
CBEFM - Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor
CD - Cycle Day (This is usually followed by a number and signifies which day of your cycle that you're on. CD1 is the first day of your period and (if you have a 28-day cycle) CD14 would be the day you O.)
CM - Cervical Mucus
CP - Cervical Position
D&C - Dilation & Curettage
DD - Dear Daughter
DE - Donor Egg(s)
DH - Dear Husband / Dear Honey
DI - Donor Insemination
DPO - Days Past Ovulation
DS - Dear Son or Donor Sperm
DSD - Dear Step-Daughter
DSS - Dear Step-Son
Dx - Diagnosis
ED - Every Day (usually refers to how often the couple is BD'ing)
Endo - Endocrinologist or Endometriosis I've seen it used both ways.
EOD - Every Other Day (usually refers to how often the couple is BD'ing)
EPO - Evening Primrose Oil (click on "BD'ing" under the FAQ page for an explanation)
EPT - Early Pregnancy Test (a pregnancy test that can detect pregnancy before AF is even due)
EW - Eggwhite (refers to a type of CM. Some ladies may type EWCM.)
FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer
FF - Fertility Friend
FIL - Father-In-Law
FMU - First Morning Urine
FRER - First Response Early Response (a popular brand of EPT)
FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
GnRH - Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone)
HPT - Home Pregnancy Test
HSG - Hysterosalpingogram
HTH- Hope that helps
Hx - History
IF - Infertility
IM - Intra-Muscular (injections)
IMO - In My Opinion
IPS - Imaginary Pregnancy Symptoms
IUI - Intra-Uterine Insemination
IVF - In Vetro Fertilization

KWIM – Know What I Mean?

KWYM – Know What you mean
JMO - Just My Opinion
LAP - Laparoscopy
LH - Luteinizing Hormone (A huge peak of this causes O. This is the hormone that OPKs detect)
LMP - Last Menstrual Period (the first day of your last period)
LPD - Luteal Phase Defect
MC or M/C - Miscarriage
MIL - Mother-In-Law
MS - Morning Sickness
NP - Nurse Practitioner
O - Ovulate or Ovulation
OB/GYN - Obstetritian/Gynecologist
OPK - Ovulation Predictor Kit (ovulation test)
PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCP - Primary Care Physician (regular doctor)
PCT - Post-Coital Test
PG- Pregnant

RE- Reproductive Endocronologist
SBV sticky-bean vibes (wishes that your "little bean" stays put in-utero)
SI - Secondary Infertility
SIL - Sister-In-Law
SMEAGTV sperm-meeting-egg-and-getting-together

T3 or T4 - Thyroxin (these are also thyroid hormones)
TIA - Thanks In Advance

TMI – Too much information
TORCH - Toxoplasmosis, Other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes test
TRH - Thyroid Releasing Hormone
TSH - Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
TTC - Trying To Conceive
Tx - Treatment
US or U/S - Ultrasound
UTI - Urinary Tract Infection
WBC - White Blood Cells
WTH - What The Heck?



Mason James was born 8/21/10, 8lbs 12 oz after close to 3 years of infertility.
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Tue, 07-14-2009 - 10:45pm
There is also a link on top of our board that says, "Learn more about this communitee"

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Registered: 07-11-2009
Tue, 07-14-2009 - 11:30pm
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. That was so sweet of you and very helpful.

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Registered: 07-11-2009
Tue, 07-14-2009 - 11:32pm
Thanks. I hadn't even thought to do that. I am starting to get the idea of this board. I hope to be more active in it. I am not going to start trying for another few months, but at least this is helping me understand all of this. Thanks again so much....