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Postby RAH » Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:00 pm

Big thank you to the ladies that put this list together

AF- Aunt Flo
AI- Artificial Insemination
ART-assisted reproduction technology
ASA- anti-sperm antibody
ASAP- as soon as possible
BB- bulletin board
BBL- be back later
BCP- birth control pills
BBT- basal body temperature
BD- baby dance
BETA= Beta = Beta HCG - it is a bloodtest to see if you are pregnant or not. A quanatative beta just let you now Yes or No. A Qualitative beta gives a number of how much HCG (The pregnancy hormone) is in your system. Most doctor's like to see this number double every 48 to 72 hours when you are pg.
BF- boyfriend or bestfriend
BFF- bestfriend (too)
BFN- big fat negative
BFP- big fat positive
BIL- brother in law
BMS- baby making sex
BRB- be right back
BTW- by the way
BV- bacterial vaginosis
BW- blood work
CB- cycle buddy
CD- cycle day
CF- cervical fluid
CIO- Crying it Out
CM- cervical mucous
D&C- dilation & curettage- A d&c is a procedure where the inside lining of the uterus is scraped. It is usually done when a woman has a missed miscarriage (baby is gone but the body isn't passing it) or an incomplete miscarriage (some tissue passed but not all). There are other instances where it is performed.
D&E- dilation & evacuation
DE- donor eggs
DD- darling daughter
DH- darling husband
DI- donor insemination
DIUI- donor intrauterine insemination
DOST- direct oocyte sperm transfer
DPO- days post ovulation
DPR- days post retrieval
DPT- days post transfer
DR- doctor
DS- darling son
DTD- do the deed (sex)
DW- darling wife
DX- diagnosis
E2- estradiol
EA- endometrial ablation
ED- endometriosis
FAQ- frequently asked questions
FHR- fetal heart rate
EWCM- egg white cervical mucus
ET- embryo transfer
FE- frozen embryo
FET- frozen embryo transfer
FIL- father in law
FRER- first response early
GD- gestational diabetes
H/A- headaches (as suggested by websissy)
HPT- home pregnancy test
HSG- hysterosalpingogram
HTH- hope that helps
IC- incompotent cervix
IF- infertility
IR- insulin resistance
IUI- in uterine insemination
IYKWIM- if you know what I mean
IMHO- in my honest opinion
IMO- in my opinion
KWIM- know what I mean
LAP- laparoscopy
LMAO- laughing my a$$ off
LOD - laparoscopic ovarian diathermy
LOL- laugh out loud or lots of love
LSP- low sperm count
LPD- luteal phase defect
MC- miscarriage
MIL- mother in law
M/S- morning sickness
MWC- married with children
NPC- natural progesterone cream
O- ovulate
OD- ovulation dysfunction
OH - other half
OHSS- ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrom
OP- original poster (person that started the thread)
OPK- ovulation predictor kit
OT- off topic
OV- ovulated
PG- pregnant
PLS- please
PMA - positive mental attitude
POAS- pee on a stick
PUPO- pregnant until proven otherwise
RE- reproductive endocrinologist
SA- semen analysis
SAHD- stay at home dad
SAHM- stay at home mom
SC- sperm count
SO- significant other
STICKY- is a thread that the moderators want to stay at the top of a forum. MOst threads move down the forum when people stop replying. Stickies will always be at the top.
TCYOF-Taking Charge of Your Fertility (book by Toni Weschler)
TMI- too much info
TTC- trying to conceive
2WW- 2 week waiting period after O before PG test
TX- treatment
US- ultrasound
TSH-thyroid stimulating hormone
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Postby hairyclairey » Sat May 26, 2007 8:15 pm

EXCELLENT! I've been looking for something like this - too scared to ask!! :oops:

Thanks!! :D

Postby baker » Sat Aug 25, 2007 10:48 am

This list is amazing . . I haven't been on the site for afew months as I haven't got regular access to a computer, but when I did I too was too embarrassed to ask what each abbreviation meant , . . .I felt thick!!!! you wouldn't believe what I thought some of them meant!!!

Thank you for going to the time of putting the list together!!

Postby puddled » Tue Oct 23, 2007 4:25 pm

Very useful indeed. Thank you :)

Postby catkin » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:46 pm

Thank god! I felt so stupid for not knowing what some of the abbreviations meant. Thank you for this, it really helps x :D

Postby popples10 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:22 pm

Brilliant!! I am a new member and i have been reading the discussion board, but i cannot always make out the abbreviations.

Thanks very much,


Postby snookmi » Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:25 pm

what does PMA stand for?

Postby Retro.Rebel » Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:39 pm

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Postby gg » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:48 am

Can I add OH to the list?

Other half :-)

Postby jen19831176 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:54 pm

thank god thats there i didnt no half the words lol thanks girls
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Postby penelopa024 » Thu May 13, 2010 7:43 pm

thank you very much, i am new here and that list is very helpful

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Postby SS » Sun May 16, 2010 9:13 pm

Thanks from us newbies x
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Postby SS » Sun May 16, 2010 9:15 pm

Thanks from us newbies x
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Postby Blondelle21 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:02 pm

Excellent - I have just joined and this discussion board is a HUGE help, thank you xx
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Postby RachelIVF » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:09 pm

Gosh I wish I had that list of abbreviations when I was going having IVF - needless to say I was somewhat flummoxed! I still have to take a look at my "Home made glossary" to remind myself what things mean from time to time, but sometimes it still gives me a H/A, KWIM? ;)
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