Glossary of Surrogacy Terms and Acronyms

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When you first set out into the uncharted waters of surrogacy, you will come across many unfamiliar terms and acronyms. You may find it is much like learning a foreign language. The first step in understanding the surrogacy process is becoming familiar with the language. By understanding terminology, you will be able to navigate this process, know your options and get closer to starting your surrogacy journey.

Glossary of Surrogacy Terms and Acronyms


ABC- Artificial Birth Control

AF- Aunt Flo/Menstrual Cycle

AHI- At Home Insemination

AI- Artificial Insemination

ART- Assisted Reproductive Technology

AZH- Assisted Zona Hatching


BA- Baby Aspirin

BBT- Basal Body Temperature

BC- Birth Control

BCP- Birth Control Pills

BD- Baby Dance (Sex)

BFN- Big Fat Negative (Negative Pregnancy Test)

BFP- Big Fat Positive (Positive Pregnancy Test)

BG- Blood Glucose

BMI- Body Mass Index

BMS- Baby-Making Sex

BT- Blood Test

BW- Blood Work


CB- Cycle Buddy (Women on the Same Menstrual Cycle)

CBE- ClearBlueEasy – a Pregnancy test

CCCT- Clomiphene (Clomid) Citrate Challenge

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

CF- Cervical Fluid

CM- Cervical Mucus

CNM- Certified Nurse Midwife

COH- Controlled Ovarian Hyper-stimulation

CP- Cervical position

CVS- Chorionic Villus Sampling


D&C- Dilation and Curretage (Surgical Procedure After Miscarriage or removal of tissue)

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

DA- Daycare

DE- Donor Egg

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


E2- Estradiol

EB/EMB- Endometrial biopsy

ED- Egg Donor/Donation

EDD- Estimated Delivery/Due Date

EML- Extended Maternity Leave

ENDO- Endometriosis

EPT- Early Pregnancy Test

ET- Embryo Transfer

EWCM- Egg White Cervical Mucus


FAM- Family Awareness Method (For Pinpointing Ovulation)

FBG- Fasting Blood Glucose

FC- Fingers Crossed

FET- Frozen Embryo Transfer

FHR- Fetal Heart Rate

FIF- Former Intended Father

FIM- Former Intended Mother

FIP- Former Intended Parent

FMU- First Morning Urine

FTSAHM- Full-Time Stay-at-Home Mom

FTTA- Fertile Thoughts to All

FTWM- Full-Time Working Mom

FV-Fertile Vibes


GD- Gestational Diabetes

GS- Gestational Surrogate

GC- Gestational Carrier

GTC: Going to Conceive

GTT- Glucose Tolerance Test


HCG- Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

HGB- Hemoglobin

HPT- Home Pregnancy Test

HSC- Hysteroscopy

HSG- Hysterosalpingogram

HTH- Hope That Helps

Hx- History


ICI- Intra-cervical Insemination

ICSI- Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection

IF- Infertility/Intended Father

IM- Intended Mother

IP- Intended Parents

ITI- Intra-tubal Insemination

ISA- Independent Surrogacy Arrangement

IUI- Intrauterine Insemination

IVF- In Vitro fertilization




LAP- Laparoscopy

L&D- Labor and Delivery

LMP- Last Menstrual Period

LP- Luteal Phase

LPD- Luteal Phase Defect


MAT LV- Maternity Leave

MC or M/C- Miscarriage

MFI- Male Factor Infertility

MMPI-2- Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

MO- Months old

MS- Morning Sickness

MW- Midwife


NFP- Natural Family planning (To Pinpoint Ovulation)

NP- Nurse Practitioner

NST- Non-Stress Test


O- Ovulation

OB- Obstetrician

OB/GYN- Obstetrician/Gynecologist

OPK- Ovulation Predictor Kits

OPT- Ovulation Predictor Test

OTC- Over the Counter


PED- Pediatrician

PG- Pregnant

PI- Primary Infertility

PID- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

PIF- Potential Intended Father

PIM- Potential Intended Mother

PIP- Potential Intended Parent

PMS- Premenstrual Syndrome

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

POB- Pre-Birth Order AKA Parental Establishment Agreement

PPD- Postpartum Depression

PROM- Premature Rupture of the Membranes

PTL- Preterm Labor



RBC- Red Blood Cell

RE- Reproductive Endocrinologist

RPL- Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

RSA- Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion


SAAF- Stay Away Aunt Flo

SAHD- Stay At Home Dad

SAHM- Stay At Home Mom

SAHP- Stay At Home Parent

SAHW- Stay At Home Wife

SD- Sperm Donor

SI- Secondary Infertility

SO- Significant Other

STD- Sexually Transmitted Disease

SW- Social Worker


TCOYF- Take Charge of Your Fertility

TS- Traditional Surrogacy/Surrogate

TTA- Trying to Avoid Conception

TTC- Trying to Conceive

Tx- Treatment

2WW- Two Week Wait


US- Ultrasound

UTI- Urinary Tract Infection



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

WOHD- Working Out of Home Dad

WOHM- Working Out of Home Mom


X-AFP- Expanded Alpha-Protein Test


YMMV- Your Mileage May Vary