Surrogacy Dictionary

When potential surrogates and intended parents come to CFC, they are often met by other surrogates and intended parents who appear to be speaking a different language. If this is you, we have put together an acronym and word guide to ensure that you don’t miss out on the terms that may be important to you during your journey.  If at any point, your clinic asks you when your LMP was and tells you that you need to start BCP on day 2 of a full flow, and you are scratching your head, wondering what they are even talking about, please refer to the below list or contact the clinic to clarify.

  • 123

12dp3dt : 12 days past 3 day transfer

12dp5dt: 12 days past 5 day transfer

2WW: Two week wait

  • A

ACA : Anticardiolipin Antibodies

AF: Aunt Flo = period arriving / bleeding starting

AH : Assisted Hatching

AHR :Assisted Human Reproduction

ANA :Antinuclear Antibodies

ART: Assisted Reproductive Technologies

  • B

BBT: Basal Body Temperature

BCP: Birth Control Pill

Beta: hCG level blood test

BFP/BFN : Big Fat Positive/Negative

BMI: Body Mass Index

  • C

COH : Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation

CD :Cycle Day

  • D

DH/DW/DS/DD: Dear Husband/Wife/Son/Daughter

Dx :  Diagnosis

  • E

ED: Egg Donor

EED: Estimated Due Date

ER/ET: Embryo Retrieval/Transfer

  • F

FSH: Follical Stimulating Hormone

FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer

  • G

GIFT: Gamete intra-fallopian tube transfer

GS: Gestational Surrogate

  • H

hCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

HPT: Home Pregnancy Test

  • I

ICSI: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

IP: Intended Parent

IUI: Intrauterine Insemination

IVF: In Vitro Fertilization

IVIg: Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy

IVM: In Vitro Maturation

  • L

LAP :Laparoscopy

LMP :Last Menstrual Period

LH: Luteinizing Hormone

LP : Luteal Phase

LPD : Luteal Phase Defect

  • O

OHSS: Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

  • P

PCO: Polycystic Ovarian Disease

PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

PCP: Primary Care Physician

PGD: Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis(Pre gender determination)

PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

PIO: Progesterone in Oil

POAS: Pee on a stick – home pregnancy test

POF: Premature Ovarian Failure

PUPO :  Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise

  • R

RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist

Rx: Prescription

  • S

SM :Surrogate Mom

SG: SurroGuru

  • T

TCM: Traditional Chinese Medicine

TDI: Therapeutic Donor Insemination

TET: Tubal Embryo Transfer

TR: Tubal Reversal

TS: Traditional Surrogate

TTC: Trying To Conceive