Blog written by Fairfax Cryobank Family Forum Moderator Desiree
Technology has opened the world to a whole new form of communication. The Fairfax Cryobank Family Forums offer the opportunity to connect with other people who have utilized donor sperm to start a family. This is a great resource for those who are just starting their insemination journey. However, the medical terminology can be overwhelming and the abbreviations used by forum members can make it even more confusing.
Here are a few of the most common abbreviations used in the forum discussion boards:
SMC: Single Mother by Choice
dh/dw/dd/ds/dp: a reference to members of one’s family such as dear husband, dear wife, dear daughter, dear son, dear partner
TTC: Trying To Conceive / Time To Conceive
BBT: Basal Body Temperature – used to pinpoint when ovulation has occurred and determine future patterns for predicting ovulation
RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist – a doctor that identifies and treats infertility
2WW/TWW: Two week wait – this is the time between the end of your fertility treatment cycle and the test that confirms pregnancy
HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
POAS: Pee On A Stick – in reference to taking a home pregnancy test
hCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – hormone produced by the body that pregnancy tests use to establish positive results
BFP: Big Fat Positive – Pregnant
BFN: Big Fat Negative – Not Pregnant
PM: Private message – Electronic message similar to an e-mail but is viewed only through the forum
Now that you have learned some of the donor sperm lingo, check out the Fairfax Cryobank Family Forum to put it to good use. It’s a fun way to interact with others online.