What’s the abbreviation for insanity?

Sep 20, 2011

My DH and I have been TTC for 1 year, 9 months.

After stopping BCP in January 2010, AF didn’t arrive… and still didn’t arrive. After 5 months they ran blood tests for TSH and PCOS, eventually to give me a DX of anovulatory amenorrhea. I’ve tried CCCT, but no O, also tried tracking BBT and using OPKs to detect O, but nothing worked, and HPT was negative every time.  Soon they moved to injectible FSH and HCG to induce O, using IM injections. I responded well but erratically so they moved to IVF and we just completed our first cycle of IVF, still doing IM injections of PIO during the 2WW before I find out if I’m PG.

OK, I’ll stop now, because I’m making myself sick.

I’ve mentioned before that there are a LOT of women who take this whole trying to get pregnant/fertility thing really seriously.  In my opinion, too seriously. Because of this somewhat commonplace obsession, an entire language — made solely from acronyms — has emerged.

The paragraph above touched on just a few of them. And trust me, many of them are ridiculous.

  • DH = Dear Husband
  • TTC = Trying to Conceive
  • BCP = Birth control pills
  • AF = Aunt Flow (always classy)
  • TSH = Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
  • PCOS =Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • DX = Diagnosis
  • CCCT = Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test
  • O = Ovulation
  • BBT = Basal Body Temperature
  • OPK = Ovulation predictor kit
  • HPT = Home pregnancy test
  • FSH = Follicle stimulating hormone
  • HCG = Human chorionic gonadotropin
  • IM = Intramuscular
  • IVF = In vitro fertilization
  • PIO = Progesterone in oil
  • 2WW = Two-week wait. The time you have to wait between fertilization and the date you can take a pregnancy test
  • PG = Pregnant

Other Acronyms I Refuse to Use for Fear it Will Affect My I.Q.

  • FF = Fertility friend
  • BMS = Baby-making sex
  • BD = Baby Dance
  • BFN = Big Fat Negative
  • FTTA = Fertile thoughts to all (gag — do we really need an acronym for this? Can’t we just TYPE IT OUT?)

It’s idiotic how obsessed some get over conceiving. Did you know there are message boards — hundreds — devoted to making babies, where women share the twisted details of their CM (cervical mucus) and OP (ovulatory pain), and ask people to validate their suspicion that they are pregnant (or not pregnant).

There are even message boards where you can post an image of your basal body temp chart (for the uninitiated, your temp in the morning is an indicator of ovulation; your body temp rises by a degree when you ovulate, and stays high until you either have a period or you realize you’re pregnant) and ask other people’s opinion of when, or if, you actually ovulated. Screw medical advice! Who needs it when you have the unqualified opinions of strangers?

(For example, “Hi, I’m a random woman, and the HPV shot made my child mentally disabled.” That’s an unqualified opinion.)

Yes, my blog is a form of social validation, and there’s some hypocrisy in my irritation toward the message boards. But I’m not asking for validation on every stinkin’ step of the process. I’m not asking you to weigh in on my sore boobs and occasional dizziness (Hmm, is that a sign of pregnancy?! Hold on while I Google it).  That’s creepy.

I’m a fan of supporting people who are going through tough times (and I heart everyone who’s been supportive of me so far!). But having a list of acronyms SEVERAL PAGES LONG (I wish I was kidding)??

That’s just overkill.

Hmm….I wonder if those message board gals know that to get pregnant, all they need to do is RELAX?  😉

About Me

Hiya! I'm Lydia. I live in Iowa with my husband and two children, both the result of iVF. I started this blog in 2011, so everything here's a wee bit... old. I don't do a ton of writing anymore... but I'm leaving the blog up, in case it's helpful for those who stumble across it.

Skip to the iVF

If you're going through infertility and want to see our journey, start in June 2011 (first two cycles) or January 2014 (third cycle). Hopefully reading about our rollercoaster with assisted reproduction brings you a little hope, and more than a few giggles. (Keep in mind that this information is over a decade old in most cases; please don't take anything you read here as medical advice. Consult your doctor for facts.)

Affiliate Disclosure

PeanutMom.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and the TGuard affiliate program. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


  1. Ha! Just wait for the new list of acronyms after you have the baby!!! “DS is 4 months old…why isn’t he STTN????”

  2. Oh my gosh, I thought I was the only one who refuses to use those freakin’ acronyms!

  3. Baby dust. Have you come across that one? Virtually sprinkling someone with “baby dust” for good luck. Makes me want to reach through the Internet and punch them. How old are we, twelve?

    • ewwwww! gross.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *