TTC is a term that is so much deeper than the surface level meaning. It’s peeing on a test and waiting what feels like forever for the result. It’s waking up at the same time every day to take your temperature in an effort to confirm that you are actually ovulating. It’s going through many emotional rollercoasters as you try to figure out why it hasn’t happened yet.
TTC has so many deeper definitions for multiple people but there’s one universal definition.
What is TTC?
TTC means trying to conceive. It’s when a couple desires to get pregnant and is actively trying. In some instances, it happens right away. Sometimes the first month after the decision. But in most cases trying to conceive is a struggle for many couples who desire to be first-time parents and additional intervention may be required.
Active TTC can be confusing at first, I know it was for me. With this blog, I hope to dispel some of that confusion. I want to help you understand not only TTC but your bodies and health to get to your desired outcome, a baby!
TTC Terminology to Know When Trying to Get Pregnant
2WW or TWW: Two-week wait (before testing, not always 2 weeks); also known as the luteal phase
AF: Aunt Flo, your period.
BD: Baby Dance. Have intercourse for conception purposes or by extension any form of insemination.
BFN: Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test)
BFP: Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test)
CD: Cycle Day (Day 1 is the beginning of your menstrual)
CM: Cervical mucous, also known as cervical fluid. It is fluid produced by your cervix as you approach ovulation due to increased estrogen.
- Types: (varies throughout cycle)
- Dry (low fertility)
- Sticky (may stretch but will break because it’s not wet- low fertility)
- Creamy/Creamy Wet(may also stretch and break, usually whitish) – medium/high fertility)
- Eggwhite (stretch 1 inch without breaking, may be color tinged due to ovulation spotting – extremely high fertility)
CP: Cervical Position
- Around ovulation will be soft, high, open and wet (SHOW)
- Soft: feels like your lips
- Firm: feels like the tip of your nose
DH, DD, DS: Dear Husband, Dear Daughter, Dear Son
DPO: Days Past Ovulation
EDD: Estimated Due Date
EWCM: Eggwhite cervical mucous.
FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone: hormone that stimulates the ovaries to produce mature ova (eggs) and the hormone estrogen
GnRH: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone: releases FSH and LH (luteinizing hormone; ovulation hormone)
HPT: Home pregnancy test. Measures levels of the hormone hcG which are produced in pregnancy.
HcG: Hormone detected by pregnancy tests. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.
IUI: Intra-uterine insemination
IVF: In-vitro fertilization
LH: Luteinizing Hormone: hormone released in a surge (limited time) causing ovulation and development of the corpus luteum (produces progesterone in TWW to support early pregnancy until placenta is formed)
LMP: Last menstrual period. The first day of your last period.
LP: Luteal Phase, see 2WW or TWW
LPD: Luteal Phase Defect or Deficiency: dysfunction in the production of progesterone (some estrogen) after ovulation
OPK: Ovulation Prediction Kit. OPKs measure luteinizing hormone, the last hormone to peak before ovulation.
POAS: Pee on a stick
TTC: Trying to conceive.
Other great references:
Toni Weschler, MPH. Taking Charge of Your Fertility (2015)