Fertility Acronyms & Abbreviations explained…

During my 2ww, after we DTD, you know…BD. We got a BFN. My DH and I ended up having IUI x 4 and 1 xIVF, where we transferred on a 5DT. I got a BFP a matter of DP my O. I was constantly checking CM…..We got our BFP finally. when I POAS, I used a CBD which confirmed I was about to become a mummy!

Just beginning your journey and can’t make head nor tail of these capital letters being thrown about?

On the road to Motherhood, I was stumped by lots of abbreviations and acronyms frequently used on online support groups where women discuss their trying to conceive experiences.

Don’t worry, It’s not secret code. Just simplified.


Here’s a list that you might find helpful along the way….

2WW: Two week wait (before testing) Also TWW

AF: Aunt Flo, your period.

BBD –  Basal body temperature

BD: Baby Dance. Have intercourse for conception purposes or by extension any form of insemination.

BFN: Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test)

BFP: Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test)

BP – Blood Pressure

CB / CBD – Clear blue pregnancy test / clear blue digital

CD: Cycle Day

CM: Cervical mucus, also known as cervical fluid. It is fluid produced by your cervix as you approach ovulation due to increased estrogen.

CP: Cervical Position / Chemical Pregnancy

DH, DD, DS: Dear Husband, Dear Daughter, Dear Son

DPO: Days Past Ovulation

DP / DT: Days Past / Day Transfer (6DP5DT means 6 days past 5 day transfer)

EC: Egg Collection

EDD: Estimated Due Date

ER: Egg Retrieval

EWCM: Eggwhite cervical mucus.

FMU – First morning urine –  your pee has a higher concentration of hormones in the morning, so a pregnancy test may give a positive result sooner if you use it then.

FRER – First Response Early Result (a specific brand of pregnancy test)

FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone

GnRH: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone

HcG: Hormone detected by pregnancy tests. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.

HPT: Home pregnancy test. Measures levels of the hormone hcG which are produced in pregnancy.

HSG – Hysterosalpingogram (an X-ray of the womb and fallopian tubes) Also known as Hycosy.

IVI: Intra-vaginal insemination

ICI: Intra-cervical insemination

IUI: Intra-uterine insemination

IVF: In-vitro fertilization

LH: Luteinizing Hormone

LMP: Last menstrual period. The first day of your last period.

LOL: Laughing out loud

LP: Luteal Phase

LPD: Luteal Phase Defect

M/C: Miscarriage

O: Ovulation

OPK: Ovulation Prediction Kit. OPKs measure luteinizing hormone, the last hormone to peak before ovulation.

PGS: Pre-implantation genetic screening – involves checking the chromosomes of embryos conceived by IVF or ICSI for common abnormalities.

POAS: Pee on a stick

RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist- Fertility Specialist

TTC: Trying to conceive.

TTCS: Trying to conceive sister, a fellow lady on a mission to mummy.

TTCC: Trying to conceive community, a powerful support network who are rooting for you!