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Trying to Conceive? What Do All Those Acronyms Mean?

Understanding Trying to Conceive Acronyms via Babble.comI am going slightly crazy like I do every month! Right now, I am in the 1-week wait before I can test to see if I am pregnant. I have my fingers crossed tightly, but of course I’m still trying to be reserved and I’m hoping that everything will work out soon.

I have been knee-deep in all this fertility stuff for a long time. 7 years ago when my husband and I decided to start our family, I jumped head first into attempting to understand all the things that would help me get and stay pregnant. I frequented message boards, I read books, and I tried to learn all that I could about fertility.

When I first started, it was like a secret language. There were all these acronyms for everything and when you’re first introduced to it all, it can be overwhelming and confusing to try and figure out what it all means. BBT, LH, OPK — WHAT! Don’t fret though! After the jump, I break down some of the more common abreviations you will come across if you’re trying to conceive.

Click through to get the scoop on what all those acronyms mean:


  • Your Cycle 1 of 5
    Your Cycle

    AF:
    Aunt Flo / Your Period
    LMP:
    Last menstrual period
    CD:
    Cycle day
    TTC:
    Trying to conceive
    Photo credit:  warning / Shutterstock
  • Your Chart 2 of 5
    Your Chart

    BBT:
    Basal body temperature (a measure you use to chart peak fertility)
    LP:
    Luteal phase (time between ovulation and next period)
    CL:
    Cover line ,for charting
    CH:
    Cross hairs, for charting
    BD:
    Baby dance, or sex
    Photo credit:  chart and thermometer / Shutterstock
  • Your Fertility 3 of 5
    Your Fertility

    CP:
    Cervical position
    CM:
    Cervical mucus
    O:
    Ovulation
    EWCM:
    Egg white cervial mucus, the most fertile cervical fluid
    2WW:
    2 week wait, the count down to test date
    1WW:
    1 more week of luteal phase
    Photo credit:  uterus / Shutterstock
  • Your Pregnancy 4 of 5
    Your Pregnancy

    BFN:
    Big fat negative, or a negative pregnancy test
    BFP:
    Big fat positive, a positive pregnancy test
    EDD:
    Estimated due date
    U/S:
    Ultrasound
    M/C:
    Miscarriage
    Photo credit:  pregnant woman / Shutterstock
  • Your Tests 5 of 5
    Your Tests

    OPK:
    Ovulation predictor kit
    POAS:
    Pee on a stick (for the pregnancy test)
    HPT:
    Home pregnancy test
    LH:
    Luteinizing hormone, a hormone that helps regulate egg production
    FSH:
    Follicle-stimulating hormone — usually the amount is tested if there are fertility problems
    Photo credit:  doctor tests / Shutterstock

 

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