Ever been on a message board where everyone seems to be talking in a secret language? Terms like TTC, EDD, and PG are being thrown around and you can’t help but start to feel a little lost.
Well, my friend, we’re here to help. Here is the ultimate guide for all the surrogacy terms and abbreviations you need to know.
Let’s start with the people that are on this journey together. Everyone has been given an abbreviated name to make communication a little simpler. Because let’s be honest, no one likes to type out reproductive endocrinologist too many times.
In alphabetical order:
DE – Donor Eggs. The eggs retrieved from the egg donor.
ED – Egg Donor. Referring to the woman who donated her eggs to the intended couple.
IF – Intended Father
IM – Intended Mother
IP – Intended Parents. The couple who will be the baby’s parents.
GS or GC – Gestational Surrogate, or Gestational Carrier. This is used when talking about the surrogate and notes the type of surrogacy as well. In this case, the surrogate is not related to the baby.
OB – The Obstetrician aka the doctor looking after the Surrogate while she is pregnant.
PBO – Pre Birth Order. When the intended parents are allowed to be named on the birth certificate making them the legal parents of the baby.
RE – Reproductive Endocrinologist aka the fertility doctor.
SD – Sperm Donor. Referring to the man whose sperms is used to fertilize the egg.
Surro – a shortened term for surrogate
TS – Traditional Surrogate. This is when the surrogate is both the egg donor and the carrier of the baby.
The Medical Side
The Medical side of in vitro and surrogacy can get complicated. Add some unknown abbreviations and you’re sure to be confused. Here’s a break down of the medical terms you may see.
2WW – 2 week wait. Referring to the time between implantation and getting a positive or negative pregnancy test result.
AF – Aunt Flo. Slang for your monthly period.
AI – Artificial insemination. The process for conceiving with a traditional surrogate. This is only done if the surrogate is the egg donor as well.
BFN – Big Fat Negative. How you announce a negative pregnancy test (hopefully you never have to).
BFP – Big Fat Positive. How you announce a positive pregnancy test!
BMI – Body Mass Index – a way to gauge the pounds vs. height of an egg donor or surrogate. Some agencies and medical offices use this as a tool to measure a healthy weight.
BR – Bed Rest. When the doctor says you need to limit your activity due to the strain on the pregnancy.
DPR – Days Post Retrieval. The method used to count the days post the retrieval of the eggs. Also used: PR
DPT – Days Post Transfer. The method used to count the days after the eggs have been transferred. Also used PT
EDD – Estimated Due Date
ET – Embryo Transfer
FET – Frozen Embryo Transfer
hCG – Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. The hormone produced early in pregnancy. Naturally released after implantation. This is what triggers a BFP!
IVF – In Vitro Fertilization. The process of putting fertilized eggs into the surrogate.
IUI – Inter Uterine Fertilization Same as AI, see above.
LMP – Last Menstrual Period. As an egg donor or surrogate, you will get asked this a lot!
PG – PREGNANT! The one word everyone wants to hear!
PGD – Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis – A genetic analysis on a live embryo to determine if there is any change in genes or chromosomes.
TTC – Trying To Conceive
US – Ultrasound. A noninvasive procedure to check on the baby. Ultrasounds are done periodically throughout the pregnancy. Usually to confirm the pregnancy, a few weeks later to see the heartbeat, and then a comprehensive one around 20 weeks. If expecting twins or multiples, your doctor may decide to do more ultrasounds.
Surrogacy Terms Defined
So, there you have it. Your basic guide to the most commonly used Surrogacy terms and abbreviations used. Now when you jump on the message boards, you’ll be able to communicate like a pro.
And remember, we’re here for you. If you have any other questions regarding surrogacy, don’t hesitate to contact us. We here for all your questions and concerns.