7:21 am - 02/14/2006

Commonly Used Abbreviations

Hey all,
I've seen alot of "what does that mean?!" type questions lately in response to abbreviations that are commonly used in vaginapagina. Therefore, I'm making this post to provide a forum for spelling out what those mysterious acronyms actually mean, so we can all understand one another. I've included some of the ones I can think of off the top of my head, but I encourage you to comment with others - let's make this an exhaustive list of all the wierd little abbreviations we use here!

(if you've been sent here to look up an abbreviation, you may want to click CTRL + F on your keyboard to search for a particular abbreviation)

HBC: hormonal birth control
BCP: birth control pill
BC: birth control
EC: emergency contraception, often refers to Plan B
ECP: emergency contraceptive pill, generally refers to Plan B
MAP: morning after pill, commonly known as EC
STD: sexually transmitted disease (considered an outdated term)
VD: venereal disease (considered an outdated term)
STI: sexually transmitted infection
VVS: vulvar vastibulitis
HSV: herpes simplex virus
UTI: urinary tract infection
YI: yeast infection
BV: bacterial vaginosis
HPV: human papillomavirus
HIV: human immunodeficiency virus
PCOS: polycystic ovarian syndrome
IUD: intrauterine device, generally referring to paragard or mirena
PT: pregnancy test
WBC: white blood cells (commonly present with any sort of infection)
HCG: human chorionic gonadotropin, the hormone found in a pregnant woman (what most pregnancy tests are testing for)
BUM: back up method, generally referring to the use of condoms
OTC: ortho tri-cyclen (a common brand of hormonal birth control)
OTC: over the counter (sold without a prescription)
PIV: penis-in-vagina (generally referring to intercourse)
DC or D/C: discharge
AB: abortion
D&C: dilation & curettage (commonly removing contents of the uterus, as in abortion)
D&E: dilation & evacuation (commonly removing contents of the uterus, as in 2nd trimester abortion)
U/S: ultrasound
LEEP: loop electrosurgical excision procedure, a common gynecological procedure to remove abnormal cervical cells
COLP/COLPO: colposcopy (usually done with biopsy to examine and test cells which appear abnormal on a pap smear)
BTB: breakthrough bleeding (common term for spotting or irregular bleeding between periods)
OCs: oral contraceptives
Endo: endometriosis
GYN: gynecologist
GP: General Practitioner (Doctor)
Gyno: Gynecologist
VBAC: vaginal birth after caesarean-section
BMI: body mass index
PMT: pre-menstrual tension (alternative vocabulary for PMS)
PMS: premenstrual syndrome
PMDD: pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder
OB: Obstetrician
LC: Lactation Consultant
BM: Breast milk
EBM: expressed breast milk
BF: Breastfeed
BM: Bowel Movement
SO: significant other
DH: dear husband
DD: dear daughter
DS: dear son
OSO: other significant other
MC: miscarriage
TTC: trying to conceive
OT: off-topic
AP: attached parenting
SAHM: stay at home mom
SAHD: stay at home dad
WAHM: work at home mom
WAHD: work at home dad
FTM: female-to-male, transgender/transsexual
MTF: male-to-female, transgender/transsexual
GLBTQ: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, questioning/queer
JTLYK: just to let you know
BTW: by the way
TMI: too much information
BTW: by the way
AFAIK: as far as I know
DIY: do it yourself
YMMV: your mileage may vary
IAWTC: I agree with this comment
OP: Original Poster
VP: vaginapagina
SSM: safe space maintainer (i.e. moderator)
BBW: big beautiful woman (plus-sized female)
SA: sexually active
LTR: long term relationship
LDR: long distance relationship
UPI: unprotected intercourse
PP: planned parenthood
FWB: friend with benefits
NWS: not work safe
NSFW: not safe for work
EB: the everyday bodies project, linked from the sidebar
VCH: vertical clit hood (a type of piercing)
HCH: horizontal clit hood (a type of piercing)
PA: prince albert (a type of piercing)
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lizziey 14th-Feb-2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
OB: Obstetrician
lizziey 14th-Feb-2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
LC: Lactation Consualtant (because of the post i saw earlier)
BM: Breastmilk
BF: Breastfeed

i'm stuck...except to say when i saw DS my dumb non sleeping brain said Drill Sergeant...heh.
rachelectronic 14th-Feb-2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
IAWTC: I agree with this comment

Not a specifically vagina related abbreviation, but seen it used and misunderstood a few times here.
rockstarbob 14th-Feb-2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ha, so did I!
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newperspectives 14th-Feb-2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
auraesque 14th-Feb-2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
GP: General Practitioner (Doctor)
Gyno: Gynocologist
OP: Original Poster
littlp 14th-Feb-2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
mangofandango 14th-Feb-2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
TTC - trying to concieve (I didn't see it on there, but I could have missed it!)
notforked 16th-Feb-2006 01:47 am (UTC)
haha, that one threw me off because the public transportation (busses, subway) in my city (toronto) is called the TTC.
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_laceratedlover 14th-Feb-2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you for informing me, I was curious about a few of the abbreviations.

SO makes me think of sex offender instead of significant other... I need to get used to that.
lizziey 14th-Feb-2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
OT=Off topic...

speaking of...i *love* your icon. is it from girl, interuppted?
catchstars 14th-Feb-2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
SAHM - Stay at home Mom
AP - Attached parenting
mermaiddrowning 14th-Feb-2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
VVS - vulvar vestibulitis (redness and pain of the vestibule)
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jennifer0246 15th-Feb-2006 01:13 am (UTC)
Totally welcome! :)
autumn_sylver 15th-Feb-2006 01:43 am (UTC)
"HCG: human choriogonadotropin"

Actually, it's human chorionic gonadotropin.
orangewrath 15th-Feb-2006 02:00 am (UTC)
ILVP - I love vaginapagina!

My friends and I are silly..we came up with JTLYK, just to let you know. So..I guess that could come in handy here? Maybe? Eh.
jitteryladybug something we have over at IUD- divas a lot:25th-Feb-2006 03:30 am (UTC)
PIEP- Post Insertion Expulsion Paranoia
qadesh 27th-Apr-2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Though they are common, these confused me at first: IMO = in my opinion and IMHO = in my humble opinion.
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