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What do all these letters mean?

Trying to Conceive Alphabet Soup

If you are beginning your journey in the fertility world and are anything like me, you are checking every blog, book, and friend to get more acquainted with what to expect. Below you will find common acronyms and phrases used in blogs and forums especially. If I forgot any, be sure to comment and I will add 😊


  • 2WW: Two-week wait (time between ovulation and period)
  • AF: Aunt Flow, period, menstruation
  • ART: Advanced Reproductive Technology
  • BCP: birth control pills
  • beta- or “beta hCG”- blood test to determine pregnancy
  • BD: Baby dance (sex,intercourse)
  • BFN: Big fat negative (pregnancy test result)
  • BFP: Big fat positive (pregnancy test result)
  • BW= blood work
  • CB: Cycle Buddy 
  • CD: Cycle Day
  • CM: Cervical Mucus
  • DA: Doctor Appointment
  • DD/DS: Darling Daughter or Son (referring to children)
  • DH: Dear Husband or Darling Husband
  • DP: Dear Partner
  • DPIUI= Days past IUI
  • DPO= Days Past Ovulation
  • DPR= Days Past Egg Retrieval
  • dp3dt= Days Past Three Day Transfer
  • dp5dt= Days Past Five Day Transfer
  • EDD: Estimated Due Date
  • EW: Eggwhite (Cervical Mucus consistency)
  • FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer
  • FMU: First Morning Urine (used for pregnancy test)
  • FRER: First Response Early Result pregnancy test
  • FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone
  • Fx: Fingers Crossed
  • HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
  • hCG, HCG:Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
  • HSG: hysterosalpingogram 
  • ICSI: Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection 
  • IF: Infertility
  • IRL: In Real Life
  • IUI: Intrauterine Insemination
  • IVF: In Vitro Fertilization
  • LH: luteinizing hormone
  • MC or m/c: miscarriage
  • OPK: Ovulation predictor kit
  • P4: progesterone
  • PCP: Primary Care Provider
  • PG: Pregnant
  • POAS: Pee on a Stick (Stick=Pregnancy Test)
  • PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Rx: Prescription
  • SA: Semen Analysis
  • SPA: Sperm Penetration Assay
  • TI: Timed Intercourse
  • TTC: Trying to conceive
  • TSH: thyroid-stimulating hormone
  • TWW/2WW:  two-week wait- time between ovulation and period
  • US or u/s: Ultrasound

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