Are you TTC or TTA. Or are you NTNP? Maybe you’re just confused like I was when I began my journey with trying to conceive. There were so many strange words spoken among the TTC (trying to conceive) community that I didn’t understand. It made me feel- kinda left out. Making a baby can be a stressful thing, if not easy, so here’s my list of lingo’s and acronyms that I’ve accumulated over the past year in hopes that it will help make things a lot easier if you are a beginner like I was. Learning these words can also help you better understand your health as you journey your way towards a BFP!
Baby Dust: (Pregnancy Luck) Think of Tinker Bell who has a pregnant belly filled with millions of sparkly baby confetti.
TTC: (Trying To Conceive) I want a baby!
TTA: (Trying To Avoid) I do not want to be pregnant.
NTNP: (Not Trying Not Preventing)
BD: (Baby Dance) Lets get it on so we can create a baby.
BBT: (Basal Body Temperature) Your lowest body temperature when you are sleeping or resting. BBT is at it’s lowest during the first half of a women’s *cycle. During the second half (after ovulation) temperatures rise higher. Women chart their BBT to detect *ovulation when trying to conceive. It’s also smart and a great way to take control of your reproductive health. Issues like *PCOS, short luteal phases, thyroid issues, imbalanced hormones, and more can be detected early on just by charting. Popular apps like Kindara can help you take charge of your health by tracking of your cycles.
Cycle: This time frame begins on the first day of a period and ends on the day before a new period starts. An average regular cycle length can last up to 28-30 days. A cycle that last longer is considered irregular. Anything shorter can also indicate issues like low *progesterone.
CD: (Cycle Day) Referring to the days within a women’s cycle. Ex: CD1, CD14, CD29
CP: (Cervical Position) Believe it or not, this thing has a mind of it’s own. At first it’s hard to believe that such a thing can be found but trust me- it’s there! The location, texture and openness of the CP can tell you where you are at in your cycle. Some even believe that the position can detect early pregnancy, but I would take that statement with a grain of salt knowing that every woman’s body is different.
Follicular Phase: This time frame represents the first half of a woman’s cycle when an egg is being developed in the ovaries. It begins the first day of a period and ends the day before ovulation. BBT (basal body temperature) is at it’s lowest.
LH(luteinizing hormone) and LH Serge: This hormone heightens in the follicular phase (first half of your cycle). It will occurs before ovulation. Women trying to conceive search for his serge because it indicates that an egg is about to release.
OPK: (Ovulation Predictor Kit) These test kits can be purchase in store or on the web. They detect the LH (luteinizing hormone) serge that occurs in the follicular phase (first half) of a cycle.
EWCM(Egg White Cervical Mucus) CM: (Cervical Mucus) The stuff that shows up, sometimes by surprise, on your underwear. It can be categorized as- sticky, egg white or watery. It represents your most fertile days within your cycle and shows up 5 days before ovulation. Be sure to BD(baby dance) on those days! Sometimes people refer CM as a “discharge”. In my opinion it’s very-much-so not a discharge! Cervical mucus is a normal occurrence in the female reproductive system, and it’s very important stuff to have. Sperm relies on CM so it can swim through the cervix up to the fallopian tubes where an egg lyes await.
O / OV: (Ovulation) is the release of an egg from the fallopian tubes. For women with normal cycles- ovulation usually occurs mid cycle (around CD14). Successful ovulation happens only once in a cycle BUT if the body fails to ovulate the first time, the body may “attempt” to ovulate a second time thus lengthening one’s cycle.
LP: (Luteal Phase) The second half of a women’s cycle. The LP starts after ovulation and ends on the day before a period. During this time BBT (basal body temperature) will increase and be at its highest. An average healthy LP can last up to 12-17 days (about two weeks). A “Short LP” can indicate issues when trying to conceive-for example- having low *progesterone.
Progesterone: A hormone that is produced in the LP (luteal phase- second half of a cycle). It occurs after an egg is released by the ovaries. Progesterone causes BBT (basil body temperature) to rise and prepares the uterus for pregnancy. Progesterone drops if there is no fertilized egg thus causing AF(aunt flo). If pregnant-progesterone will stay and remain high through out pregnancy.
2WW: (Two Weeks Wait) The two weeks after ovulation- also known as the LP(luteal phase). Usually this time is excruciating to most women who are trying for a baby. Ovulation might have occurred but it is not for sure if the egg has been successfully fertilized by sperm. The results will be revealed after the 2WW with either a missed period or a BFP (big fat positive) pregnancy test.
DPO: (Days Pass Ovulation) Women who are TTC (trying to conceive) count the days after ovulation-starting with “1DPO” and so forth. It’s the start of the 2WW (two weeks wait). It’s just an easy way of tracking the days leading up to a period or even better- a BFP! Tracking DPO also makes it easy when people are referring to potential pregnancy symptoms or simply to let other’s know where they are at after ovulation.
Implantation Dip: Some women experience a BBT(basal body temperature) dip in their charts. It usually occurs around 7-9 DPO-(days past ovulation). Sometimes it can mean that a fertilized egg has successfully implanted into the uterine lining and can lead up to a positive pregnancy. Be wary though- women who are not pregnant can also experience this temperature dip in their chart. It’s a 50/50 chance- so if you are wanting a BFP(big fat positive) don’t get your hopes up just yet if you see a dip in your chart.
CB: (Cycle Buddy) Within the ethers- a person (whether they find you or you find them) will have a cycle that is exactly aligned with yours. It can be exciting finding this person because you’ll feel not alone on your journey to conceive.
FRER: (First Response Early Result) A really expensive pregnancy test brand. Why spend the money? FRER tests are known to pick up HCG levels earlier in a woman’s cycle.
IC: (Internet Cheapie) Affordable pregnancy tests found online. If you don’t want to go for an expensive FRER(First response early result) - opt for those more affordable HCG test strips found on the web. You can get them in bulks.
BFN: (Big Fat Negative) Not at all pregnant.
BFP: (Big Fat Positive) Jump for joy pregnant.
Spotting: A tiny bit of blood, sometimes brown or light pink. The flow and consistency is lighter or less than normal period blood. Often times it is not considered to be a period. Spotting can be a number of things such as ovulation or implantation and can occur at any time during a cycle. A woman can spot before her period. She can also spot during her pregnancy. Sometimes spotting is not a cause for concern, sometimes it is. Are you overwhelmed yet, because I was! lol
AF: (Aunt Flo/ Period/ Menstrual Cycle) Depending on if you are trying to get pregnant or not, AF can be the dreaded witch who comes in the dark with all her dread and gore. She can be a blessing if you are avoiding pregnancy but is a killer if you are trying to conceive. Think of a horror movie where the monster (Aunt Flo) takes out each of your friends. One by one they disappear and, if it’s not your time too, she will find you.
-HCG: (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) If pregnant- your body will make this hormone. All pregnancy tests detects HCG levels. It’s that second line found on a pregnancy test, indicating a BFP (big fat positive).
Anovulatory: A cycle in which ovulation did not take place. Anovulatory cycles can happen once or twice a year for women who have regular cycles. For women who have *PCOS or irregular periods experience anovulatory cycles more frequently.
DH: (Dear Husband) You love or you hate him. It’s definitely healthy if it’s both!
DD: (Dear Daughter)
DS: (Dear Son)
PCOS: (Poly Cyst Ovarian Syndrome) A hormone imbalance disorder. Some of the symptoms are: high testosterone, irregular or absent periods, hair loss, weight gain, pimples, unwanted hair growth, weak immune system, ovarian cysts, and more. Having irregular periods does not automatically mean you have PCOS. The disorder is diagnosed by a doctor and can be tested. It’s important to note that PCOS does not mean you are completely infertile. It means that you have a hormone imbalance and it will take more time to conceive. The disorder can be reversed.
TMI: (Too Much Information) Not for the squeamish- cuz it’s too nasty.