Acronym/Abbreviation Guide

Acronym/Abbreviation Guide

The following abbreviations and acronyms are frequently used on the fertility journey:

  • 2WW: Two week wait (before testing, not always 2 weeks)
  • AF: Aunt Flo, your period.
  • BD: Baby Dance. Have intercourse for conception purposes or by extension any form of insemination.
  • BFN: Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test)
  • BFP: Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test)
  • CD: Cycle Day
  • CH: Crosshairs- the lines drawn on the chart to indicate ovulation
  • CL: Coverline
  • CM: Cervical mucous, also known as cervical fluid. It is fluid produced by your cervix as you approach ovulation due to increased estrogen.
  • CP: Cervical Position
  • DH, DD, DS: Dear Husband, Dear Daughter, Dear Son
  • DPO: Days Past Ovulation
  • EDD: Estimated Due Date
  • EWCM: Eggwhite cervical mucous. See Eggwhite cervical fluid.
  • FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone
  • GnRH: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone
  • HPT: Home pregnancy test. Measures levels of the hormone hcG which are produced in pregnancy.
  • HcG: Hormone detected by pregnancy tests. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.
  • IUI: Intra-uterine insemination
  • IVF: In-vitro fertilization
  • LH: Luteinizing Hormone
  • LMP: Last menstrual period. The first day of your last period.
  • LOL: Laughing out loud
  • LP: Luteal Phase
  • LPD: Luteal Phase Defect
  • M/C: Miscarriage
  • O: Ovulation
  • OPK: Ovulation Prediction Kit. OPKs measure luteinizing hormone, the last hormone to peak before ovulation.
  • POAS: Pee on a stick
  • RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist- Fertility Specialist
  • TTC: Trying to conceive
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