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,

 

A

+ ACOG

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynocologists

+ AF

Aunt Flo -Your menstrual period

+ AH

Assisted Hatching

+ AHR

Assisted Human Repreoduction

+ AI

Artificial Insemination

+ ANA

Antinuclear Antibodies

+ AP

Adoptive Parents

+ ART

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).

B

+ BBT

Basal Body Temperture

+ BCP

Birth Control Pills

+ BETA

Blood test for pregnancy

+ BFP

Big Fat Positive (a positive pregnancy test)

+ BFN

Big Fat Negative (a negative pregnancy test)

+ BF

Braxton Hicks

+ Blastocyst Transfer

Embryos develop for 4 or 5 days (until they reach blastocyst stage) rather than the usual 2 or 3 days in IVF.

+ BO

Blighted Ovem

+ B/W

Bloodwork

C

+ CB

Cycle Buddy

+ CCCT

Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge)

+ CD

Cycle Day

+ CF

Cervical Fluid

+ CM

Cervical Mucus

+ CMV

Cytomegalovirus

+ CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

+ CVS

Chorionic Villus Sampling

+ COH

Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimualtion

D

+ D&C

Dilation & Curettage

+ D&E

Dilation & Evacuation

+ DE

Donor Egg

+ DH/DW/DS/DD

Dear Husband/Wife/Son/Daughter

+ DPO

Days Post Ovulation

+ DPR

Days Post-Retrieval

+ DP3DT

Days Post 3-Day Transfer

+ DP5DT

Days Post 5-Day Transfer

+ DPT

Days Post Transfer

+ Dx

Diagnosis

E

+ EMB

Expressed Breast Milk

+ ED

Egg donor/donation

+ EDD

Estimated Due Date

+ Egg Retrieval

A procedure used to obtain eggs from ovaries for use in IVF.

+ ELV

Easy Labor Vibes

+ Embryo Transfer

Placing an egg fertilized into a woman's uterus via IVF

+ Embryo

Name used to describe the early stages of fetal growth, from conception to the eighth week of pregnancy.

+ Endometrium

Mucus membrane lining the uterus.

+ Escrow Account

A financial account established by IPs used to pay surrogacy expenses.

+ eSET

Elective single embryo transfer.

+ Estradiol

Naturally occurring estrogen in humans which is released from the ovaries.

+ Estrogen

A hormone controls the course of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen is used IVF to thicken the lining of the surrogate’s uterus.

F

+ FET

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

+ FHR

Fetal Heart Rate

+ FIF

Former Intended Father

+ FIM

Former Intended Mother

+ FIP

Former Intended Parents

+ FMU

First Morning Urine

+ FSH

Follicle Stimulating Hormone

G

+ GC

Gestational Carrier

+ GD

Gestational Diabetes

+ GIFT

Gamete Intra-fallopian Transfer

+ GS

Gestational Surrogate

+ GTT

Glucose Tolerance Test

H

+ HCG

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin- the hormone produced in the early stages of pregnancy.

+ HI

Home Insemination

+ HOM

High Order Multiples

+ HPT

Home Pregnancy Test

+ HSC

Hysteroscopy

+ HSG

Hysterosalpingogram

I

+ ICI

Intra-Cervical Insemination

+ ICSI

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

+ IF

Intended Father

+ IM

Intended Mother

+ Im

Intramuscular injection

+ IMO/IMHO

In my opinion/In my humble opinion

+ Implantation (Embryo)

The embedding of the embryo into the endometrium.

+ Indy/Independent

Working without an agency

+ Infertility

The inability to conceive or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term.

+ IP

Intended Parent/Parents

+ ITI

Intra-tubal Insemination

+ IVF

In Vitro Fertilization

+ IUI

Intrauterine Insemination

L

+ LAP

Laproscopy

The finalized legal documents (contract) needed before medical procedures can be performed.

+ LH

Luteinizing Hormone

+ LMP

Last Menstrual Period (start date)

+ LP

Luteal Phase

+ LPD

Luteal Phase Defect

+ Lupron

Common subcutaneous injection used during IVF to suppress surrogates ovary production.

M

+ M/C

Miscarriage

+ MFI

Male Factor Infertility

+ MM

Match Meeting

+ Menstruation

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.

O

+ OB

Obstetrician

+ OB/GYN

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

+ OPK

Ovulation Predictor Kit

+ OPT

Ovulation Predictor Test

+ OHSS

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

+ Oocyte

The egg

+ Ovulation

The release of the egg from the ovarian follicle.

+ Ovum

The egg

P

+ P4

Progesterone

+ PG

Pregnant

+ PCP

Primary Care Physician

+ PBO

Pre Birth Order

+ PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

+ PCOD

Polycystic Ovarian Disease

+ PIO

Progesterone in Oil

+ PIP

Potential Intended Parent

+ PIF

Potential Intended Father

+ PIM

Potential Intended Mother

+ PMS

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome

+ POAS

Pee on a Stick

+ POF

Premature Ovarian Failure

+ PUPO

Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise

+ PROM

Premature Rupture of Membranes

+ Progesterone

Naturally occurring hormone that thickens the uterine lining.

+ PTL

Preterm Labor

R

+ RE

Reproductive Endocrinologist- a medical doctor specializing in fertility and fertility treatments.

+ Rx

Prescription

S

+ SA

Sperm/Semen Analysis

SART

Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology

+ SET

Single Embryo Transfer

+ Sharps Container

Disposal bin for needles and medical waste.

+ SM

Surrogate Mother

+ SCH

Sub-Chorionic Hemorrhage/Hematoma

+ SHG

Sonohysterogram

+ STD

Short Term Disability or Sexually Transmitted Disease

+ SubQ

Subcutaneous Injection

T

+ TCM

Traditional Chinese Medicine

+ TDI

Therapeutic Donor Insemination

+ TET

Tubal Embryo Transfer

+ TR

Tubal Reversal

+ TS

Traditional Surrogate

+ TTC

Trying to Conceive

+ TB

Transfer Buddy

U

+ U/S

Ultrasound

V

+ VBAC

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

+ VBA2c

Vaginal Birth After 2 Cesareans