Hi, POAS with FMU and BFP....OH :) !!!!! Grrr but AF showed, old witch and got BFN later. We BD'd loads this month.
I've got a pretty good understanding of medical jargon from working in hospitals/clinics for 14 years but I was truly lost and really quite frustrated in my hunt for information in English from a distant Spanish speaking country. I google searched a few of the acronyms which just led me to other websites where people spoke the same strange language. I felt like my 90 year old Grandmother might on seeing a text message saying WTF LOL CU L8R ;), it takes me a while to translate 'text speak'.
So here are a few explained. You will see there is nothing fancy or complicated about them. What bothers me most is that there is nothing logical about them. I would particularly like to meet the meet the person who came up with number 1.
1. AF = Aunt Flo (or Flow?). Any ideas? Yes this is the bleeding at the start of a new monthly cycle, or period, on the blob, got the painters in, old witch. It's bizarrely sharing the same name as a character from Bod. That old catchphrase from the much loved children's TV programme from the 70's takes on a whole new meaning. 'Here comes.......Aunt Flo' and always spells bad news for people TTC.
3. DH/DP/OH = Darling Husband/Darling Partner/Other Half. Again, I use this on the websites but somewhere inside my stomach turns a little.
4. BFP/BFN = this one had me foxed for ages, it is Big Fat Positive/Big Fat Negative...pregnancy tests of course. It is possible to reduce the best news/worst news on a monthly basis to 3 letters BUT not until you have POAS.
5. POAS = peed on a stick
Here are some more acronyms that are not commonly found in the notes of Midwives or Obstetricians
- 2WW - 2 Week Wait before testing
- AKA - Also-known-as
- PMA - Positive Mental Attitude
- BD - Baby dance (sex)
- BF - Boyfriend
- BH - Braxton hicks
- BIL - Brother-in-law
- BTW - By the way
- DD - Dear daughter
- DF - Dear fiance
- DH - Dear husband
- DS - Dear son
- DSD - Dear stepdaughter
- DSS - Dear stepson
- DW - Dear wife
- ETA - Edited to add
- FIL - Father-in-law
- FT - Full-time
- FWIW - For what it's worth
- FYI - For your information
- HTH- Hope this helps
- IMHO - In my honest opinion
- IMO - In my opinion
- IRL - In real life
- IYKWIM - If you know what I mean
- JMHO - Just my honest opinion
- LMAO - Laughing my arse off
- LOL - Laughing out loud
- MIL - Mother-in-law
- MYOB - Mind your own business
- (((Name of person))) - Hugging that person
- OMG - Oh my god/gosh/goodness
- OT - Off topic
- RLT - Raspberry leaf tea
- ROFL - Rolling on the floor laughing
- SAHD - Stay-at-home dad
- SAHM - Stay-at-home mum
- SD - Sperm donor
- SIL - Sister-in-law
- TMI - Too much information
- WAHD - Work-at-home dad
- WAHM - Work-at-home mum
And some useful ones to know, that you might find in medical notes:
PG = pregnant
MC = miscarriage
OPK = ovulation predictor kit
IVF = in vitro fertilization (a 'washed sample' of the best sperm are introduced to a single egg)
ICSI = intracytoplasmic sperm injection (a more specialised form of IVF, a single sperm injected into the egg)
IUI = intrauterine insemination (a washed sample of sperm is passed into the uterus with/without a woman taking drugs to stimulate the ovaries to produce more than the normal 1-2 eggs).
HPT = home pregnancy test
-(i)ve/+(i)ve = negative/positive
DPO = days past ovulation
DPT = days past (embryo) transfer
EC = egg collection
ET = embryo transfer
CD = cycle day (1 being 1st day of light/red flow)
CM = cervical mucous
EWCM = egg white cervical mucous (a good indication of your fertile window)
BBT = basal body temperature (to help predict fertile window and luteal phase)
LP = luteal phase (second half of cycle post ovulation)
S/LLP = short/long luteal phase
LPD = luteal phase defect
HSG = hysterosalpingogram (Xray to examine uterus and patency of fallopian tubes)
HCG = human chorionic gonadotrophin (pregnancy hormone measured on HPT's with urine or in blood, with any value greater than 5 being classed as +ive).
FMU = first morning urine (when HCG levels are at their highest.
There are many more of course (apologies for any spelling errors) that have yet to feature on this blog so I will try to update it as I go. While I understand the need for abbreviations I think RLT (raspberry leaf tea) is taking things a little too far!