TR, TTC & Pregnancy Forums

Getting support from others who really understand your situation is invaluable. Most of our patients find online forums and social media groups extremely helpful. We highly recommend participating as you can learn lots of helpful information and feel more confident in your decisions.

While the TR, TTC, and Pregnancy groups are helpful, they can also be a source of confusion as lots of abbreviations are used by their participants. This is partly because it helps to type faster (especially on your phone) and partly because it is an “inner circle” language, one that only people who are looking for information about tubal reversals, conceiving, or pregnancy understand. That creates a stronger sense of community.

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Abbreviations Used in TR, TTC & Pregnancy Forums

To help you better understand the jargon used in TR/TTC/Pregnancy forums, we’ve compiled a list of frequently abbreviated phrases (in alphabetical order):

  • 1WW – 1 week wait between ovulation and menstrual period
  • 2hh – 2 hour hold (urine)
  • 2ww – 2 week wait between ovulation and menstrual period
  • AC – Agnus castus, Vitex Agnus Castus is an herbal supplement used used for conditions related to the menstrual cycle such as breast pain, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
    ADN – Any day now
  • Af – aunt flow (menstrual period), can also be a rude obscene remark, but in TR forums, it is this meaning
  • AI – Artificial insemination
  • AID –  Artificial insemination with donor sperm
  • AIH –  Artificial insemination with partner’s sperm
  • BAC – By any chance
  • BBT – Basal body temperature
  • BD – Baby dancing (sex!)
  • BF – Breastfeeding
  • BFN –  Big fat negative pregnancy test result
  • BFP – Big fat positive pregnancy test result
  • BIL – Brother-in-law
  • BP – Blood pressure / Birth plan
  • BTDT – Been there, done that
  • BTW – By the way
  • CB – Clearblue
  • CBD – Clearblue Digital
  • CD – cycle day
  • CM – Cervical mucus
  • DD – Dear/darling daughter
  • DF – Dear/darling fiance
  • DH – Dear/darling husband
  • DI – Donor insemination
  • DP – Dear/darling partner
  • DPIUI – Days past IUI (intrauterine insemination)
  • DPO – Days past ovulation
  • DS – Dear/darling son
  • DSD – Dear/darling stepdaughter
  • DSS – Dear/darling stepson
  • DW – Dear wife
  • EBM – Expressed breast milk
  • EDD – Estimated due date
  • EOD – every other day
  • EP – Ectopic Pregnancy
  • EPO – Evening primrose oil
  • EPT – Early pregnancy test
  • EWCM – Egg white cervical mucus
  • FET – Frozen embryo transfer
  • FFS – For f***s sake!
  • FIL – Father-in-law
  • FMU – first morning urine
  • FR – First response
  • Frer – first response early result
  • FYI –  For your information
  • GD – Gestational diabetes
  • GL – Good luck
  • GTC – Going to conceive
  • GTT – Glucose tolerance test
  • GYN –  Gynaecologist
  • HPT – Home pregnancy test
  • HSG – Hysterosalpingography, a test in which dye is injected to check the shape of the womb and see if there is blocked tubes or leakage from the tubes
  • HTH – Hope that / this helps
  • HV – Health visitor
  • IB – implantation bleeding
  • IC –  Internet cheapie (pregnancy test)
  • IMO/ IMHO –  In my opinion/in my humble/honest opinion
  • ISO – in search of
  • IUI – Intrauterine insemination
  • IVF – in vitro fertilization, mature eggs are collected (retrieved) from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Then the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs (embryos) are transferred to a uterus. One full cycle of IVF takes about three weeks.
  • LH – Luteinizing hormone
  • LMAO – Laugh my ass off
  • LMFAO – Laugh my f*****g (or fat) ass off
  • LMP – last menstrual period
  • LO – Little one
  • LOL – Laugh out loud
  • MC / MMC – Miscarriage/Multiple miscarriages
  • MFI – Male factor Infertility
  • MIL – Mother-in-law
  • MMC – missed miscarriage, occurs when a fetus is no longer alive, but the body does not recognize the pregnancy loss or expel the pregnancy tissue.
  • MS – Morning sickness
  • MW – Midwife
  • O – ovulation
  • OB – Obstetrician
  • OH – Other half
  • OHSS – Ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome
  • OMG – Oh my god / goodness
  • OPK – Ovulation predictor kit
  • OV – Ovulation
  • PCO – Polycystic ovaries
  • PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • PG – Pregnant
  • PMA – Positive mental attitude
  • PMSL – P*****g myself laughing
  • POAS – pee on a stick
  • PUPO – Pregnant until proven otherwise
  • R + R – Read and run
  • SAHM –  Stay– at– home mum
  • SB –  Still birth
  • SIL – Sister-in-law
  • SO – significant other
  • TBH – To be honest
  • TC – Take care
  • TIA – Thanks In Advance
  • TL – tubal ligation
  • TMI – Too much information
  • TR – tubal reversal
  • TTC – trying to conceive
  • TY – Thank you
  • UPSI – Unprotected sexual intercourse
  • US or U/S – Ultrasound
  • USS – ultrasound
  • UTD –  Up the duff
  • VBAC – Vaginal birth after caesarean
  • VE – Vaginal examination
  • VR – Vasectomy Reversal
  • Vvf – very very faint
  • Vvfl – very very faint line
  • WB – Welcome back

Let us know if you come across an abbreviation that is not in our list!

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