we know there is a lot to take in when you decide to become a surrogate or intended parent— including a whole bunch of words and terms you may have never used before.
We’ve compiled this list with the goal of making that transition a bit easier.
And if you come across a word that you’d like to see added to our glossary,
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynocologists
Aunt Flo -Your menstrual period
Assisted Human Repreoduction
Assisted Reproductive Technology - A variety of procedures used to bring about conception without sexual intercourse, including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT).
Basal Body Temperture
Birth Control Pills
Blood test for pregnancy
Big Fat Positive (a positive pregnancy test)
Big Fat Negative (a negative pregnancy test)
+ Blastocyst Transfer
Embryos develop for 4 or 5 days (until they reach blastocyst stage) rather than the usual 2 or 3 days in IVF.
Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge)
Certified Nurse Midwife
Chorionic Villus Sampling
Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimualtion
Dilation & Curettage
Dilation & Evacuation
Days Post Ovulation
Days Post 3-Day Transfer
Days Post 5-Day Transfer
Days Post Transfer
Expressed Breast Milk
Estimated Due Date
+ Egg Retrieval
A procedure used to obtain eggs from ovaries for use in IVF.
Easy Labor Vibes
+ Embryo Transfer
Placing an egg fertilized into a woman's uterus via IVF
Name used to describe the early stages of fetal growth, from conception to the eighth week of pregnancy.
Mucus membrane lining the uterus.
+ Escrow Account
A financial account established by IPs used to pay surrogacy expenses.
Elective single embryo transfer.
Naturally occurring estrogen in humans which is released from the ovaries.
A hormone controls the course of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen is used IVF to thicken the lining of the surrogate’s uterus.
Frozen Embryo Transfer
+ Fertility Attorney
An attorney with knowledge in third-party fertility contracts and parental establishment procedures.
+ Fertility Specialist
A medical doctor focusing in the practice of fertility.
FGS: Former Gestational Surrogate
Fetal Heart Rate
Former Intended Father
Former Intended Mother
Former Intended Parents
First Morning Urine
Follicle Stimulating Hormone
Gamete Intra-fallopian Transfer
Glucose Tolerance Test
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin- the hormone produced in the early stages of pregnancy.
High Order Multiples
Home Pregnancy Test
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
In my opinion/In my humble opinion
+ Implantation (Embryo)
The embedding of the embryo into the endometrium.
Working without an agency
The inability to conceive or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term.
In Vitro Fertilization
+ Legal Clearance
The finalized legal documents (contract) needed before medical procedures can be performed.
Last Menstrual Period (start date)
Luteal Phase Defect
Common subcutaneous injection used during IVF to suppress surrogates ovary production.
Male Factor Infertility
Also known as period, aunt flo. The shedding of the uterine lining that occurs once a month in a healthy female.
+ Mock Cycle
The process in which a surrogate will prepare for a cycle by taking all of the required medications to see how her body prepares/responds without an actual transfer occurring.
Ovulation Predictor Kit
Ovulation Predictor Test
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
The release of the egg from the ovarian follicle.
Primary Care Physician
Pre Birth Order
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic Ovarian Disease
Progesterone in Oil
Potential Intended Parent
Potential Intended Father
Potential Intended Mother
Pee on a Stick
Premature Ovarian Failure
Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise
Premature Rupture of Membranes
Naturally occurring hormone that thickens the uterine lining.
Reproductive Endocrinologist- a medical doctor specializing in fertility and fertility treatments.
Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
Single Embryo Transfer
+ Sharps Container
Disposal bin for needles and medical waste.
Short Term Disability or Sexually Transmitted Disease
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Therapeutic Donor Insemination
Tubal Embryo Transfer
Trying to Conceive
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Vaginal Birth After 2 Cesareans