BD literally stands for Baby Dance. It is meant to designate baby making focused intercourse and by extension any type of insemination.
Is Fertility Friend afraid to use terms such as "Sex" or "Intercourse"?.
Certainly not! If you spend any time reading our documentation and our educational material you will realize that Fertility Friend uses the proper term when necessary.
Why using BD then?
It is a tongue-in-cheek term that relates to the origin of Fertility Friend. Fertility Friend was started in 1996 and sold its first online membership in 1998.
Fertility Friend was the first charting service proposed online. At this time numerous online forums had "profanity" filters which prohibited most terms related to sex and sexuality as well as most terms then judged inappropriate words. Some people (not us) coined the BD term at this time. People also felt that their baby making journey had to stay more private and using the acronym provided some additional privacy.
Things have changed since this time and now the Internet is certainly more open although there are still some stigma discussing infertility in some circles.
We at Fertility Friend wishes to remember this phenomenal journey from our early online charting to our current mobile charting. In particular we wish to remember the focus on privacy and respect that has guided our development and service since the beginning.
Using the term Intercourse or Sex is actually too restrictive and does not correspond to all the situations lived by our members. On the data entry form and when we refer to it in our documentation we prefer the more generic term of Insemination.
On the chart we keep our historical abbreviation BD. We would consider replacing it by "I" for Insemination but that would hardly make it clearer. This is also why we do not use some icons or other pictograms on the chart.