Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Infertility/Pregnancy/Infant Loss/Adoption Acronyms

I'm going to put a link to this on my sidebar, after suitably updating it. I don't know all the acronyms, so help me please! Email, comments, etc. etc.

TTC - trying to concieve

2ww - two week wait

POAS - pee on a stick

NBHHY - nothing bad has happened yet

IVF - in vitro fertilization

IUI - intra uterine insemination

IF - infertility

MC - miscarriage

PG - pregnant

RE - reproductive endocrinologist

SW - social worker

AMom- adoptive mom

BMom - birth mom (I don't really use these last two, but I've seen them? any others preferred?)

DE - donor egg

DS - donor sperm, can also stand for dear son

DD - dear daughter, or blogger named DD (haha)

DH - dear husband, or damn husband depending on the mood of the blogger. (not me, nooooo, neeeveeerrr)

CD# - cd 1 is the first day of your period, or cycle day, etc. until CD28, when you are either PG or get AF (Aunt Flo) AKA the Crimson Bitch AKA your period.

HCG - human chorionic gonatropin - pregnancy hormone , injectible as a trigger shot or the amount of hormone measured in your blood, as in beta hcg.

FSH - follicle stimulating hormone, measured on Day 3 meant to be 10 or less. over 40 is menopause

LH - luteinizing hormone - hormone that peaks around ovulation

E2 - Estrogen - specifically estradiol

POF - premature ovarian failure, or premature menopause

PCOS - polycystic ovarian syndrome

ADs - antidepressants

stims - injectible meds used to stimulate the ovaries.

Meds - any medication

US - ultrasound

Dildocam - transvaginal ultrasound

PGD - preimplantation genetic diagnosis

Babydust - something that does not exist on this bitter effin blog

Any more?


  1. Here's a site you can link to if you want...


    or use as a reference to add more to your own list.

  2. beta - i.e. the bloodtest for HCG that tells you if the damned IVF/IUI worked.

    babydance or BD - i.e. ordinary babymaking sex, something that does not work in the IF world.

  3. SA - Semen analysis. That is about all I can think of that I didn't see on your list.

    I saw another post from you on bloglines today, but it doesn't seem to be on your blog. I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you.

    I hope you feel better soon. Oh, I have bought pseudo.ephedrine without the DM from walmart and shoppers, it was behind the counter and you had to ask for it, but I still got it.

  4. How about:

    XDPO - number of days past ovulation
    XDPIUI - number of days past IUI
    XDPXDT - number of days past X-day transfer

  5. Good list Aurelia, all the ones I know are on there, but how about my own special favourite:
    SOB! - Son of a ...! for when we see those crappy BFN's.

    I hope you're okay.

  6. DBT = dead baby thoughts (nice, I know)

    There's also an interesting one that looks like the word "motherf*cker" but it's more like MTFHR - I believe it really stands for some of genetic something or other. See how helpful I am. Someone has got to know this one!

  7. MF-Male Factor
    SIF-Seconary Infertility

    I feel like there are a bunch of others that I use, but now I can't come up with them.

  8. My only edit is that CD can be a lot LONGER than 28 days :). Unfortunately. (Especially if the women doesn't ovulate until CD 20.)

    DPO = Days Past Ovulation
    LP = Luteal Phase

    B*bycenter.c*m has a dictionary of sorts for accronyms. I think it is under helpful stuff or on the boards.

  9. I can't claim this one, but i once saw babydust defined as what you get when you stake a baby vampire. Love that one.

  10. MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydraforlatereducase. There are two possible mutations, Asomething and C677t. Homozygous C677t is the worst scenario, hetero for the 2 mutations next worst, then homo for the A mutation, then normal. Those with a mutation need to take mega doses of folic acid (2mg per mutation extra daily), as this mutation reduces the bioavailability of folate. MTHFr also affects clotting so yuo may be prescribed heparin or similar to ensure the placenta stays healthy during pregnancy.

  11. Or how about that magic ingredient that you and I clearly seem to be missing from our phyiological make-up... babyglue.

    REEEETTTTTCH. That's even worse than babydust as far as I'm concerned.