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Old 05-01-2003, 07:42 AM   #1
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Post Help with Abbreviations for new members

Hello to all the new members. Just realised a lot of you may not know the various acronyms we use here, so I've found this from previous posts! Good luck!

AF Aunt Flo (your period)
AI Artificial Insemination
APA Antiphospholipid Antibody syndrome
ART Assisted Reproductive Technology
BBT Basal Body Temperature (taken first thing in the morning)
BC Birth Control
BCP Birth Control Pills
BD Baby Dance (intercourse)
Bf - Boyfriend
BFN/BFP Big Fat Negative and Big Fat Positive. (I think!)
BIL Brother in law
BMS Baby-making Sex
Bump - Used to move (bump) a message to the top of the list
CD Cycle Day
CM Cervical Mucus
CP Cervical Position
D&C Dilation & Curettage
DH Darling or Dear Husband (or damned husband, at times!)
DHAC Don't (or doesn't) Have A Clue
Dpo Days since ovulation (post ovulation)
Endo Endometriosis
EPO evening primrose oil
EWCM Eggwhite Cervical Mucus
FAQ Frequently asked question
FIL Father in law
FMU First morning urine
FSH Follicle-stimulating hormone
Gyn Gynecologist
HCG Human chorionic gonadotropin (detected by pregnancy tests)
HPT Home Pregnancy Test
HSG Hysterosalpingogram (x-ray to check uterus and fallopian
HTH Hope that helps
ICSI Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (sometimes used with IVF)
IF Infertility
INCIID InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
IMO means In My Opinion
IUI Intrauterine insemination (artificial insemination)
IVF In-vitro fertilization (fertilized egg is put into uterus)
LAP Laparoscopic surgery
LH Leutenizing hormone (detected by OPKs)
LMP Last menstrual period
LOL Laughing Out Loud
LPD Luteal Phase Defect
MIL Mother in law
O Ovulation
OB Obstetrician
OPK Ovulation predictor kit
PCO Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCOS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCT Post Coital Test
PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pg Pregnant
PMS Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
Prego Pregnant
Prog Progesterone
RE Reproductive Endocrinologist (Specializes in infertility)
Trying to conceive acronyms
ROFWML rolling on floor with mad laughter
Rx Prescription
SA Semen Analysis
SHOW Soft, high, open, wet (cervical discription at peak fertility)
SIL Sister-in-law
SO Significant other
TCOYF Taking Charge Of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
"The book" Taking Charge Of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
TIA Thanks In Advance
TSH Thyroid-stimulating hormone
TTC Trying to conceive
U/S Ultrasound
UTI Urinary tract infection
YMMV Your mileage may vary, meaning that everyone is different

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Old 05-01-2003, 09:02 AM   #2
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Mocha1 HB User

Hey thanx for the 411. I've read some of the posts and had no clue what those abbreviations meant, now I know.

Old 05-01-2003, 09:08 AM   #3
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Yes, thank you. Though it was fun for me to try and figure them out someimes!

Old 05-01-2003, 11:45 AM   #4
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*Aurora* HB User

Thank you very much. I was wondering what some of those meant.

Old 05-03-2003, 08:20 AM   #5
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