Acronyms & Abbreviation - what are they talking about?

Updated: Aug 30, 2021

Let's take a little break on my life and let me help provide some insight to the second language that comes with any fertility journey. Weather you are on your own, or trying with a partner, the Acronyms and Abbreviation can confuse the crap out you!


After joining some Facebook groups like 'IVF/IUI Moms By Choice' and 'Single Mothers by Choice' groups, I felt like my head was spinning and I was reading a foreign language as I scrolled through all the women's posts.


For example: "I'm 12dpiu in my TWW and really hoping for a BFP but I have a feeling AF is coming".


What the hell are they talking about? let me help you translate that for you:

"I had an IUI 12 days ago and I'm in my two week wait and hoping for a big fat positive, but I have a feeling my period is coming."


Confused yet? Yeah me too.


Below are the most common abbreviations & acronyms used that I found handy to know!! 'm not going to include all of them otherwise you'd be here forever. But learning just some of the basics will help you if you are part for support groups for sure!


AF - Aunt Flow (a.k.a. your period)

Baby Dust- Baby dust is just a super-cute way of wishing someone who is TTC good luck on their conception journey.

BBT - Basal body temperature

BC - Birth Control

BD - baby dance (sex on your fertile days!!)

BFN - Big fat negative (a negative pregnancy test)

BFP - Big fat positive (baby’s on board!)

BW - Bloodwork

CD - Cycle day (the first day of your period is CD1)

CM - Cervical mucus

DE - Donor eggs

DPO - Days post-ovulation

DP - Days past

DPT - Day past transfer

E2 - Estradiol

ET - Embryo Transfer

FE - Frozen Embryo

FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer,

FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone

ICI - Intracervical insemination

IUI - Intrauterine Insemination

IVF - In Vitro Fertilization

IF - infertility

HPT - Home pregnancy test

LH - Luteinizing Hormone

LMP - Last Menstrual Period

MF - Male Factor Infertility.

MC - Miscarriage

OHSS - Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

PIO - Progesterone in Oil

PNV - Prenatal Vitamin

TTC - trying to conceive

TWW - Two week wait

US - Ultrasound






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