Fertility

TTC Meaning: The Language of Trying to Conceive

Team Peanut10 months ago6 min read

Have certain TTC acronyms left you scratching your head? We don’t blame you. The fertility community’s shorthand chat can be a tough nut to crack — but with a little help, you’ll soon be fluent.

Trying to Conceive

If you’re trying to get pregnant and you’ve recently joined Peanut for advice and support, you might’ve spotted some unknown lingo.

The good news is, it’s not meant to be confusing, and there’s definitely no gatekeeping going on here. Instead, it’s about making things quick and simple.

So let’s break down everything you need to know about the language of trying to conceive, one acronym at a time.

What is TTC? BFP? POAS? Decoding pregnancy abbreviations

As part of the fertility community, it’s not uncommon to use all sorts of acronyms and abbreviations.

You see, some of the terms used in the world of TTC are long, complicated, and hard to spell. Others are personal and sensitive. And some are, let’s face it, a bit gross. So, using the shorthand keeps the conversation on track, and saves everyone time in the process.

For example, instead of typing out Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (a type of assisted reproductive treatment) every single time, it gets shortened to ZIFT. Meanwhile, someone might talk about using FMU to POAS in the hopes of a BFP (first morning urine to pee on a stick for a big fat positive pregnancy test).

And that’s just the tip of the TTC iceberg!

TTC acronyms & abbreviations: The ultimate cheat sheet

A to E

  • AF - Aunt Flo (A.K.A, your period)

  • AFNW - Aunt Flo Not Wanted

  • AFSA - Aunt Flo Stay Away

  • AI - Artificial Insemination

  • ART - Assisted Reproductive Technology

  • AWOL - A Woman on Lupron (This refers to the mood swings that can occur when on Lupron, a common fertility drug for IVF treatment)

  • BA - Baby Aspirin

  • BBT - Basal Body Temperature (This is your body’s temperature when you first wake up in the morning; it rises around the time of ovulation, helping you work out when you’re fertile)

  • BCP - Birth Control Pills

  • BD - Baby Dance (This is just another way to talk about getting busy, especially at your most fertile); BD can also mean “Baby Dust,” a cute way of wishing someone good luck in the hopes that they get pregnant. E.g. “A sprinkling of BD.”

  • BFN - Big Fat Negative (A negative pregnancy test)

  • BFP - Big Fat Positive (A positive pregnancy test)

  • BMS - Baby-Making Sex

  • BOB - Baby on the Brain

  • BV - Baby Vibes (See: Baby Dust)

  • BW - Blood Work

  • CB - Cycle Buddy (This is someone on a similar cycle, ovulating about the same time, or planning to take a pregnancy test around the same time as you)

  • CCCT - Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (A type of fertility test)

  • CD - Cycle Day

  • CM - Cervical Mucus

  • CP - Cervical Position

  • DE - Donor Eggs

  • DI - Donor Insemination

  • DTD - Doing the Deed (Sex)

  • DPO - Days Past Ovulation

  • EDD - Estimated Due Date

  • ENDO - Endometriosis

  • EP - Ectopic Pregnancy

  • EPT - Early Pregnancy Test

  • ET - Embryo Transfer (During IVF)

  • EWCM - Egg White Cervical Mucus (A description of cervical mucus at ovulation time — the best time to DTD if you’re TTC)

F to L

  • FE - Frozen Embryo

  • FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer

  • FMU - First Morning Urine

  • FTTA - Fertile Thoughts to All

  • FX - Fingers Crossed

  • HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (The hormone pregnancy tests detect to determine pregnancy)

  • HPT - Home Pregnancy Test

  • IF - Infertility

  • IPS - Imaginary Pregnancy Symptoms

  • IUI - Intrauterine Insemination

  • IVF - In Vitro Fertilization

  • LMP - Last Menstrual Period

  • LSC - Low Sperm Count

M to S

  • M/C - Miscarriage

  • MS - Morning Sickness

  • O - Ovulation

  • OB - Obstetrician

  • OHSS - Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

  • OI - Ovulation Induction

  • OPK - Ovulation Predictor Kit (This is a store-bought test that predicts when you’ll start ovulating)

  • PCT - Post-Coital Test

  • PCO - Polycystic Ovaries

  • PG - Pregnant

  • PID - Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  • PNV - Prenatal Vitamin

  • POAS - Pee On A Stick (Take a pregnancy test at home)

  • PUPO - Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise

  • RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist (A type of fertility specialist)

  • RI - Reproductive Immunologist (Also a fertility specialist)

  • RPL - Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

  • SA - Semen Analysis.

  • S/B - Stillborn or Stillbirth

  • SM - Surrogate Mother.

  • STIMS - Stimulating Hormones

  • SP - Sperm Count.

  • SOD - Sex on Demand (Sex on schedule or at set times during fertility treatment)

T to Z

  • TWW - Two Week Wait (The wait after ovulation when you’re TTC)

  • TCOYF - Taking Charge of Your Fertility (A popular book about fertility awareness by Toni Weschler)

  • TESE - Testicular Sperm Extraction

  • TI - Timed Intercourse

  • TIA - Thanks In Advance

  • TMI - Too Much Information

  • TTC - Trying to Conceive

  • TS - Traditional Surrogate

  • TW - Trigger Warning (A warning that the post may contain a reference to a loss)

  • U/S - Ultrasound

  • VR - Vasectomy Reversal

  • VVFL - Very Very Faint Line (The line on an HPT, which can sometimes be unclear)

  • ZIFT - Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer

A few more things to know

Yep, there’s more to look out for. You might not be familiar with the “dears” or the “darlings.” These are simply sweet acronyms used to refer to relationships or relatives.

For instance, you’ve got DH, DW, DP, DD, DS, DB, DF, DSD, and DSS (dear or darling husband, wife, partner, daughter son, boyfriend, fiancé, stepdaughter, and stepson).

Then there’s SO for significant other, SIL for sister-in-law, and BIL for brother-in-law. Easy!

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