Have you ever been doing research or had a question, so you did a Google search and wound up reading posts on a forum? With my line of work, I have spent some time looking at anecdotes on forums for pregnancy and fertility. I always look for more reliable sources to back them up, but sometimes it is good to look at what people have experienced to gain a different kind of insight. One thing I have noticed is that most of the people who use those forums use their own jargon to the point where it can be indecipherable to someone who doesn't know it. If you have ever been on those sites, you may have seen posts that said something like "Having some cramping and bleeding 6dpo. Only 1/2 wk before I can use frpt to hopefully get bfp." or "DH says that I smell pregnant like I did with DD and DS. Took a pt and got a bfn, but still no af 15dpo." If you just looked at that like it was a foreign language, you are certainly not alone. In this post I will create a glossary of sorts so that those of you who are trying to decipher what you are reading can have all of these definitions in one place.
A word about jargon
First of all, let's talk about jargon. Jargon is the use of certain language specific to individual topics. It is generally something that not everyone understands unless you are talking to someone else in your field. Occasionally I find myself doing it, but I try to avoid it because it can be very alienating and condescending. Let's face it. Using jargon like this on a forum that should be for anyone is downright rude. It is excluding people who are just looking for their own answers, and while I think that it is important to consult experts, many of the women on these sites are looking for a little commiseration. It can be helpful to know that you aren't alone and find a community to support you. However, support is not what one might feel if it seems like others are talking in a code that you can't understand.
Here is what I hope is a helpful glossary so that you can learn to read the language. Notice I said read and not speak. If you are using this glossary to decode what someone else has said, it is likely that you were feeling that alienation that I mentioned before. Please avoid using it yourself so that others don't have to feel the same way. I also feel that many of these terms are very disrespectful and will not use them in my own speech.
2WW= Two Week Wait, or the time between ovulation and either positive pregnancy test or menstruation
AF/COW= "Aunt Flow"/ Curse Of Womanhood These bug me a bit because they are very irreverent ways to refer to your period or menses.
AHI= At Home Insemination
AO/AOC= Anovulation/ Anovulatory Cycle. This is a cycle where ovulation doesn't happen.
BB= Baby Blues
BBT= Basal Body Temperature. This is your temperature when you wake up.
BCP= Birth Control Pills
BFP/BFN= "Big Fat Positive/ Big Fat Negative" As in a positive or negative result on a pregnancy test. This one also feels very disrespectful and irreverent. Just using "positive" or "negative" sounds a whole lot nicer.
C#= Cycle number. How many cycles have you been tracking?
CB= Cycle Buddy. If you and your friend are comparing notes and tracking together, you are cycle buddies.
CBFM= ClearBlue Fertility Moniter. That's right, the brand gets its own acronym
CD= Cycle Day
CF/CM= Cervical Fluid/ Cervical Mucus
CP= Cervical Position
DH/DW/DP/DD/DS/DN= The first D stands for dear or darling, followed by a relationship, so, Dear Husband/ Dear Wife/ Dear Partner/ Dear Daughter/ Dear Son/ Dear Niece (or Nephew)
DPO= Days Past Ovulation. There is generally a number before it, so 6dpo means 6 days after ovulation
DTD/BMS/BD/LO= Did The Deed/ Baby Making Sex/ Baby Dance/ Love Olympics. Again, these terms leave a bad taste in my mouth. They feel very disrespectful.
EPO= Evening Primrose Oil. This can be a very controversial treatment. Always consult your doctor or midwife
EPT= Early Pregnancy Test
EW/EWCM= Egg White Cervical Mucus
FF= Fertility Friend. This is a program for tracking your fertility
FM= Fertile Mucus
FP= Follicular Phase. This is the phase between menstruation and ovulation
FV= Fertile Vibes
HPT/FRPT= Home Pregnancy Test/ First Response Pregnancy Test. That's right, the First Response brand gets their own acronym.
IPS= Imaginary Pregnancy Symptoms
IUFD= Intra-uterine Fetal Demise (Miscarriage or stillbirth)
LMP= Last Menstrual Period
MC or M/C= Miscarriage
OC= Oral Contraceptives
OPK/OPT= Ovulation Prediction Kit/ Ovulation Prediction Test. You can find them in the store next to the pregnancy tests
PCT= Post Coital Test
PMS= Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
PNM= Perinatal Mortality (Miscarriage or Stillbirth)
PTSD/PPPTSD= Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/ Postpartum Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
TTC= Trying To Conceive. You are TTC if you are trying to get pregnant.
TTCYFC= Trying To Conceive Your First Child
Infertility Treatment Acronyms
AI/AIH= Artificial Insemination/ Artificial Insemination from Husband
ART= Assisted Reproductive Technology
DE= Donor Egg
DI= Donor Insemination
DOR= Diminished Ovarian Reserve
DPR= Days Post Retrieval
DPT= Days Past Transfer
DPIUI= Days Past IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)
D/R= Down Regulation. This is one of the first steps in the process of IVF (In vitro fertilization)
DS= Donor Sperm
EC= Egg collection
ET/FET/DFET= Embryo Transfer/ Frozen Embryo Transfer/ Donor Frozen Embryo Transfer
IUI= Intrauterine Insemination
IVF= In Vitro Fertilization
LSP= Low Sperm Count
MF/MFI= Male Factor Infertility
PI= Primary Infertility
SA= Semen Analysis
SI= Secondary Infertility
BW or b/w= Blood work
CNM= Certified Nurse Midwife
CPM= Certified Professional Midwife
DNC/ D&C= Dilation and Curettage. This is a procedure that is sometimes performed after a miscarriage to remove tissue from inside your uterus
DNE/D&E= Dilation and Evacuation. Similar procedure to a D&C
EB/EMB= Endometrial Biopsy
FHR= Fetal Heart Rate
FSH= Follicle Stimulating Hormone
GD= Gestational Diabetes
GnRH= Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
GP= General Practitioner. Your regular doctor for checkups
GTT/IGTT= Glucose Tolerance Test/ Insulin Glucose Tolerance Test
HCG= Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (the hormone that the home pregnancy tests look for)
HCP= Health Care Practitioner
LH= Luteinizing Hormone
NP= Nurse Practitioner
OB/GYN= Obstetrician/Gynecologist. This may be listed as OB, GYN, or OBGYN
PA= Physician's Assistant
PCAO/PCO/PCOD/PCOS= Polycystic Appearing Ovaries/ Polycystic Ovaries/ Polycystic Ovary Disease/ Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCP= Primary Care Physician
PID- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
RN= Registered Nurse
US or u/s= Ultrasound
Meet the Author
Amanda Tarver, (LMT, CEIM, PES, RMT) is a massage therapist and birth worker in the Chicago area. She is dedicated to using a combination of bodywork and education to help people live a better quality of life.