Navigating the very acronym-heavy world of 'Trying To Conceive' can be a bit confusing when you don't recognize many of the abbreviations. You may feel like there is a secret club you are not quite a part of just yet — and you are not alone! We are here to help and hopefully make understanding all things TTC smooth sailing.
It is essential to feel like we are getting crystal clear information to reach our goal during this exciting time. Below you can see a collection of the most common abbreviations we see popping up on all things' getting pregnant' out there. This way, you'll be making your way on your planning journey while feeling empowered and informed.
BBT: Basal body temperature
BC: Birth Control
BCP: Birth Control Pill
CM: Cervical mucus
CD: Cycle day
FP: Follicular Phase
LP: Luteal Phase
TTA: Trying to Avoid
TTC: Trying to Conceive
DPO: Days past ovulation
FMU: First Morning Urine
HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hormone detected by pregnancy tests)
HPT: Home pregnancy test (measures HCG)
OPK (or OPT): Ovulation Prediction Kit/Test (measures luteinizing hormone/ LH)
POAS: Pee on a stick
SA: Semen analysis
TWW/2WW: Two-week wait (before testing). In your luteal phase, you have about two weeks between your ovulation and when your period would start — this is when you can take a pregnancy test.
BD: Baby dance (sex for conceiving, IUI, and IVF)
CCP: Chemical pregnancy (early miscarriage)
EWCM: Egg white cervical mucus (indicated as the most fertile kind)
HSG: Hysterosalpingogram (a test that examines inside your uterus and fallopian tubes)
IUI: Intra-uterine insemination
IVF: In-vitro fertilization
LPD: Luteal Phase Defect
RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist
We hope you've learned something from this mighty list of acronyms, and we wish you all the best on your planning journey and hope you learn lots about your body along the way!