A number of things happen when you are faced with fertility challenges:
You notice pregnant women and babies all around you when you never noticed them before.
You can’t seem to control your emotions every month when your period (or AF) arrives.
You dread logging onto Facebook in case there’s another pregnancy announcement.
and, this one is very strange, but you have to learn a new language!
Fertility and Infertility has a language all of its own and if you want to learn it, this is the book to read. Sheila Lamb has tirelessly compiled the most comprehensive listing of fertility abbreviations and acronyms you will ever need and in doing so has given a huge gift to everyone struggling to conceive.
Having been through many cycles of IVF years ago (and having got there - my daughter is now 15) I romped through this Fertility Jargon Buster. How well I remember the abbreviations AF meaning Aunt Flo (period); LO meaning Love Olympics; and BMS meaning Baby Making Sex (there was no other kind back then!). Delightful new jargon for me was PUTB meaning Pillow Under The Butt (though I recall doing this on many occasions!) and PMPL meaning Peeing My Pants Laughing. Belly laughs are rare when you’re going through IVF - but sometimes they’re so necessary. A wonderful little book.
This guide is fantastic and a must for everyone starting out on their fertility journey. The internet is an incredible way to seek support but as soon as you go down the rabbit hole of Google, you are instantly overwhelmed by a whole new language of terms and acronyms. The book is a quick reference of all those weird acronyms so you can decipher what on earth everyone is talking about, and start finding the support and advice you need.