Fertility

19 Fertility Acronyms & Abbreviations You Need to Know

Team Peanutabout 1 year ago2 min read

As part of our TTC community (that’s Trying To Conceive!), you’ll find support, advice, and a fair share of fertility acronyms and abbreviations.

Fertility acronyms and abbreviations

From FET to DPO - the ABCs of TTC can sometimes make your head spin, and it’s not too uncommon to find questions like the below on Peanut…

What does BD mean when trying to conceive?

BD stands for Baby Dance - aka getting busy between the sheets. It can also mean Baby Dust, a way of wishing someone good luck when they’re trying to conceive.

What does CP stand for in pregnancy?

CP stands for chemical pregnancy, an early pregnancy loss that occurs before or around five weeks.

What is RE in IVF?

RE means Reproductive Endocrinologist, another term for a fertility specialist. An RE provides fertility treatments like IVF, IUI, and egg freezing.

The fertility acronyms don’t stop there (sorry!), so we’ve put together a handy guide to help you learn the lingo:

Fertility acronym decoder:

2WW or TWW: The time between ovulation and your next expected period - aka the longest two weeks ever.

AF: Aunt Flo, your period or menstrual cycle.

BBT: Basal body temperature, which helps you keep track of the monthly spike when you ovulate.

BC: Birth control.

BD: Baby dance - aka getting busy between the sheets!

BFN/BFP: Big fat negative or positive on your pregnancy test.

CD: Cycle day, a specific day in your menstrual cycle.

CM: Cervical mucus, which can be used to predict ovulation.

CP: Chemical pregnancy.

DPO: Days past ovulation.

ET: Embryo transfer.

FET: Frozen embryo transfer.

HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, the pregnancy hormone.

IVF: In vitro fertilization, a method used in assisted reproduction.

LH: Luteinizing Hormone, the hormone that peaks before ovulation.

MC: Miscarriage.

OPK: Ovulation predictor kit.

RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist, a fertility specialist.

SMEP: Sperm Meets Egg Plan, a specific method for TTC.

So now you’re feeling more in the know, all that’s left to do is to join Peanut, where you can connect, chat, and share advice with other women who are trying to conceive.

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