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Monday, May 12th 2008, 6:06pm


Welcome to the site! :hello:

This thread contains all the information you need to get started here on Fertilityzone, how to edit your profile, how to personalise your account and other tips on using the site.

Here you can learn...........



Adding an avatar (and turning off other people's avatars)


How to send and recieve private messages (PMs)


How to search


Adding a signature (and turning off other people's signatures)


Signature & Smilie limits


Personalise your profile


How to choose your style


How to add a ticker


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Tuesday, January 20th 2009, 7:58am


Below are the abbreviations which you will see in posts, you'll soon get the hang of them!


AC = Abdominal circumference - a measurement of the mother's belly in cross section, as an indicator of fetal weight/growth, and used with BPD and FL to estimate fetal age and weight.
AC = Assisted Conception
AF = Aunty Flo or Period
AH = Assisted Hatching
AMH = Anti Mullerian Hormone, used to predict ovarian reserve.
Amnio = Amniocentesis
APA = Antiphospholipid Antibodies
ART = Assisted Reproductive Technology
AVD =Absence of Vas Deferens


BAVD = Bilateral Absence of Vas Deferens
BBT = Basal Body Temperature
BCP = Birth Control Pill
BD = Baby Dancing or Make Love
BF = Breastfeeding
BFN = Big Fat Negative
BFP = Big Fat Positive
BH = Braxton Hicks
BIL = Brother-In-Law
BTW = By The Way


CD = Cycle Day
CF = Cervical Fluid
CM = Cervical Mucus
COCP = combined oral contraceptive pill
CTG = Cardio-Tocho-Gram (used for monitoring fetal heart rate & movement)
CVS = Chorionic Villus Sampling


DB = Dear or Darling Boyfriend
D&C = Dilation and curettage - a procedure for cleaning out the uterus.
DD = Dear or Darling Daughter
DE = Donor Eggs
D&E = Dilation and evacuation - a procedure for cleaning out the uterus by suction
DF = Dear or Darling Fiancé
DG = Dear or Darling Girlfriend
DH = Dear or Darling Husband
DI = Donor insemination
DP = Dear or Darling Partner
DPO = Days Past Ovulation
D/R = Down-Regging , hormones taken to shut our bodies down to stop producing follicles naturally, (this is done before stimulation)
DS = Dear or Darling Son
DW = Dear or Darling Wife


EC = Egg Collection
EDD = Estimated Date of Delivery
Endo = Endometriosis
EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
EPU = Early Pregnancy Unit
ET = Egg Transfer
EWCM = Egg white cervical mucus, the kind you get when you are most fertile.


FAM = Fertility Awareness Method
FAQ = Frequent Asked Question(s)
FER = Frozen Embryo Replacement
FET = Frozen Egg Transfer
FFS = For F**** Sake
FIL = Father-In-Law
FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone


GA = General Anaesthetic
GBS = Group B Streptococcus
GD = Gestational Diabetes
GIFT = Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer
GTT = Glucose Tolerance Test


HCG or hCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – hormone produced in pregnancy.
HFEA = The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
HSG = Hysterosalpingogram (an x-ray, similar to a Lap)


ICSI = Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
IMO = On My Opinion
IUGR or IGR = Intra uterine growth retardation
IUI = Intra Uterine Insemination
IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
IVM = In Vitro Maturation
IYKWIM = If You Know What I Mean

J & K

KW = Knicker Watch


LAD = Leukocyte Antibody Detection
Lap = Laparoscopy
LH = Luteinizing Hormone
LMP = Last Menstrual Period
LO = Little One
LOL = Laugh Out Loud
LP = Luteal Phase, the gap between ovulation and your period.
LPD = Luteal Phase Defect, when the second half of your cycle is too short for implantation to be successful (many doctors consider anything less then 10 days to be too short for implantation).


Marmite Down = How you feel on blue days
M/C = Miscarriage
MIL = Mother-In-Law
M/S = Morning sickness
MW = Midwife

N & O

NK = Natural Killer Cells
OHSS = Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome
OI = Ovulation Induction
OMG = Oh My God
OPK = Ovulation Predictor Kit

P & Q

PCB = post coital bleeding, or bleeding after sex
PCOS = Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCO = Polycystic Ovaries
PCT = Post Coital Test
PCT = Primary Care Trust
P/G = Pregnant
PGD = Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis
PGS = Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening
PID = Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PM = Private Message
PMA = Positive mental attitude.
PMSL = Pissing Myself Laughing
PND = Postnatal Depression
POF = Premature Ovarian Failure
POP = progesterone only pill
PUPO = Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise


ROTFLMAO = Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Arse Off


SA = Sperm Analysis
SIL = Sister-In-Law
Stims = Stimulate follicles using injectable hormones


TBH = To Be Honest
TESA = Testicular Sperm Aspiration
TESE = Testicular Sperm Extraction
TMI = Too Much Information
TTC = Trying To Conceive
TX = Treatment
TY = Thank You

U & V

UPSI = Unprotected Sexual Intercourse
US = Ultrasound
UTI = Urinary Tract Infection
VBAC = Vaginal birth after Caesarean
VE = Vaginal Examination

W, X, Y & Z

Wodka = Vodka
Wone = Wine
ZIFT = Zygote Intra-Fallopian Transfer


$0.02 = Two Cents - as in throwing in my two cents' worth.
2WW = Two Week Wait

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Tuesday, January 20th 2009, 7:59am


Once you have made 25 posts, or are an FZFriend, you can add a picture under your name
To add an avatar (the picture underneath your name) Go into your user profile....

Select this....

and go through the choices on the left, until you find one that you like. Click the selection then submit your choice. Or you can locate your own picture from your PC and upload that!

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You may choose NOT to see other member's avatars/signatures. In this case, select SETTINGS then DISPLAY SETTINGS

and change this setting...

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Tuesday, January 20th 2009, 8:01am


You can communicate with other members via Private Message (PM)

You can see whether you have any new PMs here on the main page....

You may choose to enable certain features to alert you to a new private message. Automatically, a new message will be shown by a number in brackets next to the pm box link

You can also display a notification at the top of the forum by going into EDIT PROFILE, SETTINGS and COMMUNICATION

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Tuesday, January 20th 2009, 8:02am


One of the best new additions to the forum is the new profile page! Here you can add friends to your group, write your own profile and even write on your friend's wall!

To write a bit about yourself, go to EDIT PROILE and PERSONAL DETAILS.

Whatever you write here will be displayed on your profile page for everyone to see!

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