Understanding the Lingo

If you enjoy reading my blog but sometimes don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, this is for you. If you are new to your own fertility journey and have been reading blogs but haven’t learned all the lingo yet…this will help!

2WW | Two Week Wait Waiting to take a pregnancy test; the average length of the Luteal Phase [from ovulation to menstruation] is 14 days

AF | Aunt Flo Menstruation, period

BBT | Basal Body Temperature Temperature upon waking (before getting out of bed); useful for determining when ovulation has occurred

BCP | Birth Control Pill

BD | Baby Dance Sex

BFN or BFP | Big Fat Negative or Positive Pregnancy test result

Blast | Blastocyst A fully developed embryo prior to hatching and implanting

CD | Cycle Day Cycle days are numbered starting on the first day of your period

CM | Cervical Mucus Fluid excreted by the cervix, stimulated by estrogen. Becomes more fertile and receptive to sperm just before ovulation

CP | Cervical Position Changes throughout the cycle, in a predictable pattern

DH | Dear/Darling Husband

DPO | Days Past Ovulation Days are numbered starting with the day after ovulation (1 DPO).

EDD | Estimated Due Date When a baby is expected to be born; based on last menstrual period (LMP) or date of ovulation

ENDO | Endometriosis Health condition in which tissue that’s normally inside the uterus grows in other places, such as on the fallopian tubes and ovaries. This can cause bleeding, scarring, pelvic pain and infertility.

ER | Egg Retrieval Also known as Transvaginal oocyte retrieval (TVOR) or oocyte retrieval (OCR), is a technique used in in vitro fertilization (IVF) in order to remove oocytes from the ovary of a woman, enabling fertilization outside the body.

ET | Embryo Transfer Refers to a step in the process of assisted reproduction in which embryos are placed into the uterus of a female with the intent to establish a pregnancy.

EWCM | Egg-White Cervical Mucus The most fertile type of CM

FET | Frozen embryo transfer Is a cycle where a frozen embryo from a previous fresh IVF cycle is thawed and transferred back into a woman’s uterus. This means you won’t have to undergo another cycle of hormone stimulation and an egg collection. Frozen embryo cycles can be undertaken on your natural cycle or using hormone preparation, or ovulation induction.

hCG | Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Pregnancy hormone detected by at-home pregnancy tests; also used to trigger ovulation

HPT | Home Pregnancy Test The stick you pee on

HSC| Hysteroscopy Procedure in which the doctor visually inspects the inside of the uterus via a tiny light and camera.

HSG | Hysterosalpingogram Diagnostic procedure in which a catheter is inserted through the cervix and into the uterus, and dye is injected into the fallopian tubes. All the while, your pelvis is under an x-ray machine, in order to see whether or not the dye goes where it’s supposed to go. Used to determine whether or not the fallopian tubes are blocked.

ICSI | Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection A technique for in vitro fertilization in which an individual sperm cell is introduced into an egg cell.

IF| Infertility The inability to conceive after having sex for 12 months (for women under the age of 30) or 6 months (for women over 30) with no contraception.

IUI | Intrauterine Insemination Procedure whereby semen is placed directly into the uterus via a catheter

IVF | In Vitro Fertilization Complicated process whereby an egg is fertilized outside of the womb, then transferred directly into the uterus.

LAP | Laparascopy Surgery that uses a thin, lighted tube put through an incision in the belly to look at the abdominal organs or the female pelvic organs. Laparascopy is used to find problems such as cysts, adhesions, and fibroids. Tissue samples can be taken for biopsy through the tube (laparoscope).

LH | Luteinizing Hormone When this hormone surges, it triggers ovulation (under normal circumstances). The surge is detected by ovulation prediction kits (OPKs) to determine if ovulation is imminent.

LP | Luteal Phase The time between ovulation and menstruation (on average, 14 days, but varies from woman to woman)

MF|Male Factor Male factor infertility is the failure of a couple to conceive owing to a male-related factor. Male factor infertility can be caused by semen abnormalities (detected on semen analysis) or sexual dysfunction.

O or OV | Ovulation Release of a mature follicle by the ovary(ies)

OB or OB-GYN | Obstetrician-Gynecologist Trained physicians who diagnose and treat female reproductive health issues, and care for women during pregnancy, childbirth and during post-birth recovery.

OPK | Ovulation Predictor Kit Detects LH surge, which typically means ovulation will occur in 12-36 hours.

PG | Pregnancy, Pregnant Does this one really need further explanation?

PGD |Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Embryo Screening

PNV | Prenatal Vitamin A necessity for all women of childbearing years, whether planning a pregnancy or not.

POAS | Pee On A Stick A reference to taking an at home pregnancy test.

PUPO | Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise is the period between (typically) fertility treatment, IUI, IVF, or FET and your pregnancy test beta hCG.

RE | Reproductive Endocronolgist Doctor who specializes in fertility issues

SA | Semen Analysis Measurement of the amount of semen a man produces and the number and quality of sperm in the semen sample

TTC | Trying To Conceive Typically refers to those actively trying to get pregnant; also applies to anyone who has sex without using contraception

u/s | ultrasound Use of high-frequency soundwaves to look at the internal organs. In the TTC universe, the most common type is the transvaginal or t/v ultrasound, whereby a probe is inserted into the vagina in order to get a better look at the uterus and ovaries.