Get To Grips With TTC Jargon

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist


If you're trying to conceive (TTC), you'll probably find yourself scrolling through online message boards for answers you're looking for. The problem that you'll come across is that every other word in each post and comment will no doubt be an acronym or abbreviation that will leave you feeling completely clueless as to what it is your reading.

For example: ‘My SO and I are TTC. Had BD, now in 2WW. Been 14DPO. AF not come but feeling RPS. POAS and it as BFN. HPT faulty? Maybe I’m just feeling IPS, WDYT?’

You'll become so overwhelmed by all the different letters being thrown about the place that you may even begin to feel like a bit of an outsider. As if everyone else is "in the know" and that they have their own secret language that you're not party to.

Rest assured, you'll soon get to grips with them. All of us start off feeling fairly confused and overwhelmed, but quickly learn to decipher them using the help of Mr Google. To save you time searching each and every one you come across, here’s a list of over 150 acronyms.


AF Aunt Flo/After Flo (period or menstrual cycle)

AFAIK As Far As I Know

AFM As For Me

AH Assisted Hatching

AHR Assisted Human Reproduction

AI Artificial Insemination

AID Artificial Insemination with Donor Sperm

AIH Artificial Insemination with Husband’s/Partner’s Sperm

AMH Anti-Mullerian Hormone

APLAs Anti-Phospholipid Antibodies

ART Assisted Reproductive Technology

ASA Anti-Sperm Antibody

B/W Bloodwork

BBT Basal Body Temperature

BC / BCP Birth Control Pill

BD Baby Dance (sex)

BFN Big Fat Negative

BFP Big Fat Positive

BG Buddy Group

BhCG Beta-hCG Test

BMI Body Mass Index

BMS Baby Making Sex

BPM Beats Per Minute

BTW By The Way

CASA Computer-Assisted Semen Analysis

CCCT Clomid Challenge Test

CD Cycle Day

CIO Cry It Out

CM Cervical Mucus

COH Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation

CVS Cervical Villus Sampling

D&C Dilation & Curettage

DE Donor Eggs

DH Dear Husband

DI Donor Insemination

DOR Diminished Ovarian Reserve

DP3DT Days Post 3-Day Transfer

DPO Days Post-Ovulation

DPR Days Post-Retrieval

DPT Days Post-Transfer

DW Dear Wife

Dx Diagnosis

DYKWIM Do You Know What I Mean

E2 Estradiol

EC Egg Collection

ED Egg Donor

EDD Estimated Due Date

Em D Embryo Donation

ENDO Endometriosis

EP Ectopic Pregnancy

EPS Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms

EPT Early Pregnancy Test

ER Egg Retrieval

ET Egg Transfer

ET Embryo Transfer

EW Egg White

EWCM Egg White Cervical Mucus

FET Frozen Embryo Transfer

FF Fertility Friend

FMU First Morning Urine

FP Follicular Phase

Frostie Frozen Embryo

FS Fertility Specialist

FSH Follicle-Stimulating Hormone

FTTA Fertile Thoughts To All

FWIW For What It’s Worth

FYI For Your Information

‘g’ Grin

GD Gestational Diabetes

GIFT Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer

GnHR Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone

GP General Practitioner

GS Gestational Surrogate

GTT Glucose Tolerance Test

GYN Gynaecologist

HB Heartbeat

hCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

HCP Healthcare Practitioner

HPT Home Pregnancy Test

HRT Hormone Replacement Therapy

HSC Hysteroscopy

HSG Hysterosalpingogram

HTH Hope This Helps

Hx Medical History

IBT Immunobead Binding Test

IC Internet Cheapie (HPTs or OPKs)

ICA Inter Country Adoption

ICI Intra-Cervical Insemination

ICSI Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection

IF Infertility

IM Intramuscular Injection

IMO In My Opinion

IMHO In My Humble/Honest Opinion

IMSI Intra-Cytoplasmic Morphologically-Selected Sperm Injection

IOR Immature Oocyte Retrieval

IP Intended Parent

IPS Imaginary Pregnancy Symptoms

IR Insulin Resistant

IUI Intrauterine Insemination

IVC Intra-Vaginal Culture

IVF In-Vitro Fertilisation

IYKWIM If You Know What I Mean

JMHO Just My Humble/Honest Opinion

LAP Laparoscopy

LH Luteinising Hormone

LIT Leukocyte Immunization Therapy

LMAO Laughing My Ass Off

LMP Last Menstrual Period

LO Love Olympics

LOL Laughing Out Loud

LP Luteal Phase

LPD Luteal Phase Defect

LSP Low Sperm Count

LUF/LUFS Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome

MC Miscarriage

M/S Morning Sickness

MF Male Factor

MIL/FIL/BIL/SIL Mother, Father, Brother, Sister-in-law

NK (Cells) Natural Killer Cells

NMS Not My Style

O Ovulation

OHSS Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

OI Ovarian Induction

OPK Ovulation Predictor Test Kit

OPU Ovum (egg) Pick Up

OT Off Topic

OTT Over The Top

PCO Polycystic Ovaries

PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PG Pregnant

PGD Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis

PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

PIO Progesterone In Oil

PMSL Pee Myself Laughing

PNV Pre-natal Vitamins

POAS Pee On A Stick

POF Premature Ovarian Failure

PUPO Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise

RE Reproductive Endocrinologist

ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing

ROFLMAO Rolling On Floor Laughing My Ass Off

RPS Real Pregnancy Symptoms

SA Semen Analysis

SCSA Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay

SD Sperm Donor

SI Secondary Infertility

SO Significant Other

TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine

TIA Thanks In Advance

TMI Too Much Information

TR Tubal Reversal

TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

TTC Trying To Conceive

TWW / 2WW Two-Week Wait

U/S Ultrasound

VR Vasectomy Reversal

WDYT What Do You Think

ZIFT Zygote Intra Fallopian Tube Transfer