New to the Board? Check this out!

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-07-2008
New to the Board? Check this out!
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 2:19pm

Hello ladies and Welcome to Infertility Support!!!


We are so excited you that you decided to join us.  As you already know Infertility is a rollercoaster ride of emotions.  We hope your stay is short and you get a BFP very soon!  This board is full of amazing women dealing with many different types of infertility issues. The information found on this post is a combination of different posts from Kelly CL grad from TTCYFC, Michelle (shellmi) and CL chrisunshine of TTCYFC 6+.  At the bottom of the post is a list of acronym and website links.  We hope you'll find this information useful.  Below you will find some guidelines for posting, as well as some wonderful links that will help make your Infertility journey just a little easier. 


If you feel we are missing any important websites or links feel free to add on!


Ivillage's rules and regulations can be found here and here. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these.  Below you will find additional suggestions for posting to help make your stay a more pleasant one.

1) You may find, that if you reply more to other people posts, you will often get more responses.  Even if you don't know the answer to a question, an encouraging note is often just as helpful! 

2) Some of the women here have been TTC for a very long time, so please be sensitive to that fact.  You probably won't get a lot of responses if you never post here, but then just post a BFP in the BFPs & Grads section.

3) Introduce yourself! We love hearing about new people, so post a note in the first section labeled "Roll Call and Daily Digs" section.

4) TTC can be a very stressful time, but please never personally attack another member.  If you find someone is saying something out of line click the "Report a violation" link on that post. 

5) Keep us posted after you get your BFP! We love to hear about our graduates so please feel free to come back and post in the "BFPs & Grads" section. 

7) Definitely not required, BUT we love to see the faces of the people we are talking to.  It often helps us to connect more with you.  If you would like to have a siggy made, visit the Signature Showcase board to request one.  It's totally free, but keep in mind it may take a while to get a siggy back because they are very busy on that board.


General info. About TTC 

Fertility Friend: (TTC Info. & Charting)

Two Week Wait: (Early Pregnancy Symptoms & Pee Stick Gallery) 

Early Pregnancy Tests: (Cheaper OPK’s, EPT’s & PreSeed)  

Vitamin & Supplements that may help you conceive

Stopping your biological clock

Hormone Levels

IVF Egg quality

Pregnancy Test Sensitivity

Participating in studies that may pay for IVF or IUI or if you have PCOS.


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 depending on the context.
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
Hx - History
IF - Infertility
IM - Intra-Muscular (injections)
IMO - In My Opinion
IPS - Imaginary Pregnancy Symptoms
IUI - Intra-Uterine Insemination
IVF - In Vitro Fertilization
KWIM - Know what I mean?
– 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
TCM- Traditional Chinese Medicine
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

Me (29), DH (30)  Photobucket since March '06.
4/07 & 5/07 & 6/07: Clomid 50mg - All BFN
8/07 & 9/07: IUI #1 & #2 with Femara - Both BFN
10/07: IUI #3 with Femara - BFP!, m/c :(
3/08: IUI #4 with Femara & Follistim - BFN
4/08: IUI #5 with Follistim, converted to IVF #1,10 eggs,7 fertilized ICSI, 2 transferred - BFN
6/08: IUI #5 with Femara & Follistim - BFN
7/08 to 9/08: IVF #2,10 eggs, 5 fertilized ICSI, 3 fertilized std, 2 transferred - BFN
10/08: IUI #6 with Femara & Follistim - BFP!, loss :(
11/08: IUI #7 with Femara & Follistim - BFN 
2/09 to 3/09: IVF #3,14 eggs, 8 of 10 eggs fertilized ICSI, day 5 ET of 2 blasts - BFP!, loss :(
DH's chromosome testing abnormal, moving forward with DS
8/09 to 9/09: IVF #4, canceled due to drop in estrogen after 10 days of stims

Where we are now: IVF - Started stims 11/02!
E2 & follie check on 11/05






iVillage Member
Registered: 09-11-2008
Mon, 01-04-2010 - 3:40pm

Bump for new people :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-29-2009
Tue, 01-05-2010 - 10:38am
Hi, I am new to the board.

Me(32), DH(34) TTC since July 2008.  Dx PCOS

January 2009:  letrozole, HCG, timed BD BFP, M/C 12 weeks

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2008
Tue, 01-05-2010 - 1:06pm

Hello and welcome to the board!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2010
Tue, 01-05-2010 - 2:57pm

Thank you Grace for the acronyms - it all makes

~ Meron born 12-09-11 after 3 1/2 years of TTC, IUIs and IVF.
~ #2 on the way(!) and due 06-06-13.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-05-2009
Mon, 01-11-2010 - 11:48am
bump again!

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Faith (35) Matt (40)

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-11-2008
Wed, 02-03-2010 - 6:20pm

Bumping again :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-07-2008
Tue, 02-09-2010 - 5:28pm


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-07-2008
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 11:54pm

Bumping up post. Please click on first post of this discussion to read information.

Me (30), DH (30)


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-07-2008
Tue, 03-30-2010 - 8:01pm


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-07-2008
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 2:30pm

Hello ladies and Welcome to Infertility Support!