Trying To Conceive (TTC) - An Acronym Glossary


When I first started trying to conceive I remember trawling through all the online communities looking for tips and tricks on how it all works.. I mean unless you're a regular on there you will have absolutely no clue what anyone is going on about, if, like me, you go on there before reading this you will end up drowning in the anxieties of 'WHERE AM I, HOW DO I NOT KNOW WHAT ANY OF THIS IS, IM OBVIOUSLY NOT READY TO BE A MOTHER AT ALL'. Well no, you've just dipped a toe into a community of mums who pretty much all live on their own little planet with their own little 'TTC' language of acronyms!

So, if you have come across this post because you're searching for answers, wanting to join the other side but first need to learn the lingo or maybe you've already been into the community, read something you think could be relevant, but first need to sift through the many abbreviations so you can translate the post, then you're in the right place. Prepare for a lesson in the Mum Community Language.

Lets start from the top, the holy ground.

TTC - Trying to Conceive

TWW - Two week wait (referring to the wait after your have ovulated before you can test for pregnancy)

DPO - Days past ovulation (used when a woman is counting the days after her ovulation before she tests for pregnancy)

DH - Dear husband

DD - Dear daughter

DS - Dear son

DW - Dear wife

MMC - Missed miscarriage (A miscarriage that has occurred without showing any signs, usually not picked up until a routine ultrasound scan)

POAS - Pee on a stick (Usually, hopefully, a pregnancy test)

AF - Aunt Flo (Your monthly period)

BBT - Basal body temperature (this is your temperature, taken first thing in the morning before you get out of bed, it can help track ovulation)

BC/BCP - Birth Control Pill (A pill used for contraception)

BD - Baby dance (This means having sex to conceive only, or any other form of insemination)

BFN - Big Fat Negative (A negative pregnancy test)

BFP - Big Fat Positive (A positive pregnancy test)

CD - Cycle day

CM - Cervical mucus (the mucus your vagina makes throughout your normal cycle)

CP - Chemical pregnancy (A very early miscarriage, usually before a period)

EWCM - Egg white cervical mucus (The most fertile of all the mucus kind)

FMU - First Morning Urine (Usually best for testing for pregnancy)

FRER - First response early result pregnancy test

HPT - Home pregnancy test (Measures levels of the hormone hcG)

HcG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (Hormone detected by pregnancy tests)

IUI - Intra-uterine insemination

IVF - In-vitro fertilization

LH - Luteinizing Hormone (The hormone released 24 hours before ovulation)

LMP - Last menstrual period (The first day of your last period, used to date the pregnancy)

MC - Miscarriage

O - Ovulation

OPK - Ovulation Prediction Kit (OPKs measure luteinizing hormone, which surges about one day before ovulation)

PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Yes, You're feeling very uncertain of your ability to now be a parent aren't you!!! Don't worry, we have all been there, after you've been on a few of the community threads it will be your second language!

If you have anymore that I haven't listed. Please leave me a comment and ill add it in!

Lauren x


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