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TTC Abbreviations
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted:
2WW: Two-week wait (until you can take a pregnancy test)
AF: Aunt Flo(w), your menstrual period
AH: Assisted Hatching (Assisting the egg open up so it sticks better). Thanks Kate!
BBT: Basal Body Temperature
BD: Baby dance (have sex for TTC)
Beta: Blood pregnancy test that looks for HCG levels and may be done several times.
BFN: Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test result)
BFP: Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test result)
CD: Cycle Day(Thanks Brooke!)
DC: Dear Child
DD: Dear Daughter
DF: Dear/Darn Fiance'
DH: Dear/Darn Husband
DOR: Diminished Ovarian Reserve (Thanks Brooke!)
DP: "Dancing" partner; spouse or significant other
DPO: Days Past Ovulation
DS: Dear Son
EDC: Estimated Date of Confinement (an old fashioned way of saying "Due Date")
ET: Embryo Transfer
FD: Fun Dancing (having sex for fun and not TTC)
FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer
FMU: First morning urine (best urine for pregnancy testing)
GIFT: Gamete IntraFallopian Transfer
HCG (hCG): Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone)
HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
HSG: Hysterosalpingogram (Dye x-ray test to see if tubes are blocked)
ICSI: IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IUI: IntraUterine Insemination
IVF: In Vitro Fertilization
LMP: Last Menstrual Period
MFIF: Male Factor Infertility (Thanks Brooke!)
O: Ovulation
OPK: Ovulation Predictor Kit
PCOS (POS): Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PG: Pregnant
PGD: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis(Checking embryos prior to implanting--Thanks Ellie!)
POAS: Pee On A Stick (check for pregnancy)
PUPO: Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise (Thanks, Jen!)
RE: Reproductive Endocirnologist (doctor who specializes in infertility)
SA: Semen Analysis
Stims: Medications taken to stimulate ovulation
TAB: Taking A Break (from TTC)
Trigs or Triggers: A warning put on a post that contains information that may be upsetting to some if they're having a tough day. Often used with posts announcing BFPs. A Trigger is also an injection used to induce ovulation.
TTC: Trying to Conceive
ZIFT: Zygote IntraFallopian Transfer

If you think of others, just post them below and I'll add them in.

Byroney
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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jlm76 responded:
PUPO - this one had me stumped for a while....pregnant until proven otherwise.
Jen (39), DH (36), plus one spoiled black lab (8). MC 6/10; IUI 1/11 - BFN; IVF converted to IUI 3/11-BFN; IUI 3 - 5/11.
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to jlm76's response:
Jen, I totally forgot that one!

Thanks for the reminder--I've added it now.

Byroney
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
 
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von66 responded:
Thank you!! You need an index to figure out what all of the abbreviations mean. This is great!
 
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brookelovettc responded:
Good idea Here are a few I could think of:

CD: cycle day
HSG: hysterosalpingogram (dye xray test)
DOR: diminished ovarian reserve
MFIF: male factor infertility

it's like the military or something
Me(29) DH(29) TTC since 2008. Started seeing RE May 2010 and IF testing. DH=mild MFIF. Me= DOR, endometriomas both ovaries. 3C w/Clomid=BFN. IVF/ICSI Feb 2011, BFP=chemical.
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to brookelovettc's response:
Von, you're welcome!

Brooke, thanks for the great additions. I'm putting them in the list right now.

Maybe we can get credit for being bi-lingual because we speak "TTC"?

Byroney
Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance - Phyllis Diller
 
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FrenchBulldogMom responded:
What is a "chemical pregnancy"?
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to FrenchBulldogMom's response:
Hello FrenchBulldogMom and welcome.

My doctor told me about it when I had one. It is a very early miscarriage. It has nothing to do with exposure to chemicals, despite the name.

He said it's because pregnancy tests are now so sensitive, they're detecting pregnancies which in the past wouldn't have been noticed. The woman would have probably thought she had a slightly late period and not realized she was pregnant at all. Instead, she gets a positive pregnancy test early on, then miscarries--possibly before she can even get in and get seen by her doctor.

Your doctor or health care expert may have a different or better way to explain it to you, so don't hesitate to ask for an expert response because I am not a doctor.

Byroney
Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance - Phyllis Diller
 
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frankfortkate responded:
AH: Assisted Hatching (where they help the egg open up so it sticks better)
Kate(31), DH (31), 2 furbabies (Buster and TC), TTC 2 1/2 years, endo,IVF1 7/10 BFN, IVF2 11/10 BFN. IVF3 cx. IVF4 BFN...again...
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to frankfortkate's response:
Thanks so much, Kate! I've added it to the list. I learned another new one today.

Byroney
Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance - Phyllis Diller
 
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FrenchBulldogMom responded:
Beta?
Trigs?
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to FrenchBulldogMom's response:
I just added those both in FrenchBulldogMom! Sorry it took me a few days, but I appreciate your suggesting them.

Byroney
Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance - Phyllis Diller
 
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FrenchBulldogMom replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
Ty. What are stims?
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to FrenchBulldogMom's response:
They are medications to stimulate ovulation. I'll be sure to add the definition.

Hope that helps!

Byroney
Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance - Phyllis Diller


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