Being an active part of an online world like Hannah’s Prayer Ministries (HP) teaches you a whole new language. I’ve learned a great deal from the amazing women who have become my friends, but one of the most enjoyable things is to be able to write complete paragraphs chock full of acronyms. It can be a bit confusing, which is the reason we provide a long explanatory list to new members.
Allow me to illustrate, using a hypothetical post from HP:
This 2WW is driving me crazy! Our IUI was 7 days ago, which makes it CD21, 8DPO.
My RE said I can POAS if I want, but that it’s best to wait for the beta. DH thinks I should wait, and is quite confident this will be our BFM, but I wonder if he feels that way just because it’s our last shot at ARTs. After this we’re TTCN. I just want to be pg, KWIM? And in my heart I just know it’s going to be a BFN.
See, now that’s got to be confusing to anyone who isn’t up on IF lingo or the number of acronyms we use. The difficult thing is when you spend so much time on HP that you start to use the acronyms in real life, and people wonder if you’ve gone right loopy.
Allow me to translate the above paragraph:
This 2WW (Two week wait, as in the time between ovulation and when you can find out if you’re pregnant or not) is driving me crazy! Our IUI (intra-uterine
insemination… I’ll let you Google that one) was 7 days ago, which makes it CD21 (Cycle Day, a healthy cycle being anywhere from 28-33 days long), 8DPO (Days Past Ovulation… the long way of counting out the 2WW). My RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist) said I can POAS (Pee on a Stick… also know as taking an HPT – home pregnancy test) if I want, but that it’s best to wait for the beta (bloodwork to confirm pregnancy). DH (dear husband) thinks I should wait, and is quite confident this will be our BFM (Big Fat Miracle; also BFP: Big Fat Positive), but I wonder if he feels that way just because it’s our last shot at ARTs (Assisted Reproductive Technologies… as in IUIs, IVF, etc.). After this we’re TTCN (Trying to Conceive Naturally; also just ttc). I just want to be pg (pregnant), KWIM (Know what I mean)? And in my heart I just know it’s going to be a BFN (Big Fat Negative).
And thus ends your first session of Acronymology 101. At least as it pertains to all things IF.
I also add the disclaimer that if occasionally acronyms that are unfamiliar to you appear in the blog, you now know why. It’s a whole other language.