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TTC ACRONYM GLOSSARY

TTC acronym glossary

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CCB: Cycle BuddyA fellow TTCer who finds themselves on the same ovulation cycle as you. In the TTC world, women often look for CBs to share their stories, successes, and failures with, knowing that their buddy may very possibly be experiencing the same. CD: Cycle DayDefined as the first day of a woman’s menstrual cycle is referred to as the cycle day. This marks the first 24 hour period when menstrual fluid is found. CF: Cervical FluidThe cervix secretes mucus called cervical fluid which aids swimming sperm’s ability to survive the acidic environment of the vagina for nearly five days in some cases. Thus, cervical fluid is incredibly useful in the bodies of those trying to conceive. When the fluid becomes thick and milky in appearance, fertility is apparent. The most fertile, though, is “egg white cervical fluid/mucus” and is the consistency of clear elastic egg whites. Indication of times of infertility come in the form of lesser, drier cervical fluid secretions, and a crumbling texture rather than a wet one. Fertile, sperm-friendly kinds of cervical mucus are secreted during ovulation, while infertile variations are found most typically after the menstrual period. [ http://www.fertilityplus.org/index.html , http://www.webwomb.com/cervical_mucus_page.htm]CL: Corpus LuteumThe Corpus Luteum is a structure found after ovulation which prepares the uterus for possible pregnancy. Literally translated to “yellow body,” the CL produces progesterone which urges the uterine lining to thicken and become welcoming to implantation. If pregnancy does occur, the CL will cease to produce progesterone once the placenta steps in at about three months into the gestation. In cases of infertility, corpus luteum deficiency can be to blame for not producing sufficient progesterone for a healthy pregnancy. [http://www.inciid.org/article.php?cat=glossary&id=56 , http://www.justmommies.com/articles/corpus-luteum.shtml] CM: Cervical MucusSee “CF: Cervical Fluid”[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervix#Cervical_mucus] CP: Cervical Position The position of the cervix varies over the course of a monthly cycle. By tracking the cervical position and state of the cervix, women are able to identify better when they are ovulating. During ovulation the cervix is higher, more open and wet to the touch. After ovulation, the cervix moves to a lower position and feels relatively firm instead of soft as it did previously. When menstruation ceases, the cervix will be very low and feel more closed than during ovulation. By tracking these slight changes in their body, women are able to predict when the best time is to try and conceive. [http://www.justmommies.com/articles/cervical-charting.shtml , http://www.webwomb.com/cervical_position_frame_page.htm ]

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