Commonly Used Surrogacy and Infertility Terms

Commonly Used Surrogacy and Infertility Terms

Message boards can be confusing when you’re new to the scene, so for your benefit we’ve compiled a list of many commonly used terms within the surrogacy and infertility community to help you learn the lingo!

· 2ww: 2 week wait – the time from transfer to the first doctor issued pregnancy test

A

· ACA: Anticardiolipin Antibodies

· ACTH: Adrenal Corticotropic Hormone

· AF: Aunt Flo aka Menstrual Period

· AFP: Alpha-Fetoprotein Test

· AHI: At-home Insemination

· AI: Artificial Insemination

· ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology

· ASRM: American Society of Reproductive Medicine

· ATA: Antithyroid Antibody

· AVA: Antiovarian Antibody

· AZH: Assisted Hatching

B

· BBT: Basal Body Temperature

· BCP: Birth Control Pills

· BFN: Big Fat Negative (as in Negative Pregnancy Test)

· BFP: Big Fat Positive (as in Positive Pregnancy Test)

· BG: Blood Glucose

· BT: Blood Test

· BW: Blood Work

C

· CB: Cycle Buddy (Women on the Same Menstrual Cycle)

· CBE: ClearBlueEasy – a Pregnancy test

· CCCT: Clomiphene Citrate Challenge (Clomid Challenge)

· CD: Cycle Day (Day of Menstrual Cycle; The First Day of A Period Is Day 1)

· CF: Cervical Fluid

· CM: Cervical Mucus

· CMV: Cytomegalovirus

· CNM: Certified Nurse Midwife

· COH: Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation

· CP: Cervical position

· CVS: Chorionic Villus Sampling

D

· D&C: Dilation and Curretage (Surgical Procedure After Miscarriage)

· D&E: Dilation and Evacuation (Surgical Procedure After Miscarriage)

· DE: Donor Egg

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

· DPO: Day Past Ovulation

· DPR: Days Past Retrieval

· DP3DT: Days Post 3-Day Transfer

· DP5DT: Days Post 5-Day Transfer

· DPT: Days Post Transfer

· DX: Diagnosis

E

· E2: Estradiol

· EB/EMB: Endometrial biopsy

· ED: Egg Donor/Donation

· EDD: Estimated Delivery/Due Date

· ELV: Easy Labor Vibes

· EML: Extended Maternity Leave

· ENDO: Endometriosis

· EPT: Early Pregnancy Test

· ET: Embryo Transfer

· EWCM: Egg White Cervical Mucus

F

· FAM: Family Awareness Method (For Pinpointing Ovulation)

· FBG: Fasting Blood Glucose

· FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer

· FHR: Fetal Heart Rate

· FIF: Former Intended Father

· FIM: Former Intended Mother

· FIP: Former Intended Parent

· FMU: First Morning Urine

· FRER: First Response Early Result (Pregnancy Test)

· FX: Fingers Crossed

G

· GC: Gestational Carrier

· GD: Gestational Diabetes

· GS: Gestational Surrogate

· GTC: Going to Conceive

· GTT: Glucose Tolerance Test

H

· H&H9: Happy and Healthy 9 Months/Pregnancy Congratulations

· HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

· HGB: Hemoglobin

· HOM: High Order Multiples

· HPT: Home Pregnancy Test

· HSC: Hysteroscopy

· HSG: Hysterosalpingogram

· HTH: Hope That Helps

· Hx: History

I

· ICI: Intra-cervical Insemination

· ICSI: Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection

· IF: Infertility/Intended Father aka Father-to-be

· IM: Intended Mother aka Mother-to-be

· Indy: Independent, Working without an agency

· Insems: Artificial Insemination

· IP: Intended Parent – parent-to-be via surrogacy

· ITI: Intra-tubal Insemination

· ISA: Independent Surrogacy Arrangement

· IUI: Intrauterine Insemination

· IVF: In Vitro fertilization

J

K

L

· LAP: Laparoscopy

· L&D: Labor and Delivery

· LMP: Last Menstrual Period

· LP: Luteal Phase

· LPD: Luteal Phase Defect

M

· MAT LV: Maternity Leave

· MC or M/C: Miscarriage

· MFI: Male Factor Infertility

· MO: Months old

· MS: Morning Sickness

· MW: Midwife

N

· NFP: Natural Family planning (To Pinpoint Ovulation)

· NP: Nurse Practitioner

· NST: Non-Stress Test

O

· O: Ovulation

· O’ing: Ovulating

· OB: Obstetrician

· OB/GYN: Obstetrician/Gynecologist

· OLV: Open Legs Vibe (To See Gender During Ultrasound)

· OPK: Ovulation Predictor Kits

· OPT: Ovulation Predictor Test

· OTC: Over the Counter

P

· PBO: Pre-Birth Order

· PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

· PED: Pediatrician

· PG: Pregnant

· PGD: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis – testing the embryos before transfer to check for abnormalities

· PI: Primary Infertility

· PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

· PIF: Potential Intended Father

· PIM: Potential Intended Mother

· PIO: Progesterone in Oil

· PIP: Potential Intended Parent

· PMS: Premenstrual Syndrome

· POAS: Pee On A Stick (Use a Home Pregnancy Test)

· PPD: Postpartum Depression

· PROM: Premature Rupture of the Membranes

· PTL: Preterm Labor

Q

R

· RBC: Red Blood Cell

· RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist

· RPL: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

· RSA: Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion

S

· SAAF: Stay Away Aunt Flo

· SAHD: Stay At Home Dad

· SAHM: Stay At Home Mom

· SCH: Subchronic Hematoma/ Subchronic Hemorrhage – the most common reason for first trimester bleeding – a pooling of blood between the membrane surrounding the embryo and the uterine wall.

· SD: Sperm Donor

· SET: Single Embryo Transfer

· SHG: Sonohysterogram – a saline solution ultrasound

· SHOW: Soft High Open Wet (Condition of Cervix During Ovulation)

· SI: Secondary Infertility

· SO: Significant Other

· STD: Sexually Transmitted Disease

· SubQ: Subcutaneous Injection

· SW: Social Worker

T

· TS: Traditional Surrogacy

· TTC: Trying to Conceive

· Tx: Treatment

U

· US: Ultrasound

· UTI: Urinary Tract Infection

V

· VBAC: Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

· VBA2C: Vaginal Birth after 2 Cesareans

W

· WAH: Work At Home

· WAHD: Work At Home Dad

· WAHM: Work At Home Mom

· WAHP: Work At Home Parent

· WBC: White Blood Cells

· WD: Working Dad

 

X

· X-AFP: Expanded Alpha-Protein Test

Y

· YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary

Z

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