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Just Looking Into Surrogacy? Learn The Most Used Acronyms.

Are you thinking of becoming a surrogate? Have you just started the process whether as an intended parents or surrogate? Trying to learn the language of surrogacy can leave one wondering and scaring their head. The list below are the most used acronyms in the surrogate community.

2WW: 2-Week Wait
AF: Aunt Flo -Your menstrual period
AI: Artificial Insemination
AP: Adoptive Parents
ART: Assisted reproductive therapy
AZH or AH: Assisted Hatching
BBT: Basal Body Temperature
BCP: Birth Control Pills
BETA: Blood test for Pregnancy
BFP: Big Fat Positive (found on HPT, and Betas)
BFN: Big Fat Negative (these are no fun, also found on HPT’s & Betas)
BM: Birth Mom
BMI: Body Mass Index (measure of body fat based on height and weight)
BTW: By the way
BTDT : Been there, Done that.
B/W: Bloodwork
CB: Cycle Buddy
CD: Cycle day – The first day of your period is cycle day 1
CM: Cervical Mucus
CNM: Certified Nurse Midwife
CTX: Contractions
CVS: Chorionic Villus Sampling
D&C: Dilation & Curettage
D&E: Dilation & Evacuation
DE: Donor Egg/Donor Embryo
DD: Dear/Darling Daughter
DH: Dear/Darling/Damn) Husband
DPO: Days Post Ovulation
DPR: Days Post-Retrieval
DP3DT: Days Post 3-Day Transfer
DP5DT: Days Post 5-Day Transfer
DPT: Days Post Transfer
E2: Estrogen
ED: Egg donor/donation
EDD: Estimated Due Date
ELV: Easy Labor Vibes
EPT: Early Pregnancy Test
ET: Embryo Transfer
FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer
FGS: Former Gestational Surrogate
FHR: Fetal Heart Rate
FIF: Former Intended Father
FIM: Former Intended Mother
FIL: Father-in-law
FIP: Former Intended Parents
FRED: Pregnancy Test Brand: First Response, Early Detection. Now called Early Result.
FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone
FSM: Former Surrogate Mother
FTS: Former Traditional Surrogate
GC: Gestational Carrier
GD: Gestational Diabetes
GIFT: Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
GS: Gestational Surrogate
GTT: Glucose Tolerance Test
hCG, HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
HI: Home Insemination
HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
HOM: High order multiples
HSC: Hysteroscopy
HSG: Hysterosalpingogram
ICI: Intra-cervical Insemination
ICSI: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IF: Intended Father
IM: Intended Mother
IMO/IMHO: In my opinion/In my humble opinion
Indy/Independent-Working with out an agency.
IP: Intended Parent/Parents
Indy: Independent Surrogacy Journey, You don’t use an agency.
ITI: Intra-tubal Insemination
IVF: In Vitro Fertilization
IUI: Intrauterine Insemination
JMO/JMHO: Just my opinion/Just my humble opinion
KWIM: Know what I mean?
LH: Luteinizing Hormone
LMAO: Laughing my (butt) off
LMP: Last Menstrual Period (start date)
LP: Luteal Phase
M/C: Miscarriage
MFI: Male Factor Infertility
MIL: Mother-in-law
MOO: My Own Opinion
M/S: Morning sickness
O: Ovulation
OB: Obstetrician
OB/GYN: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
OPK: Ovulation Predictor Kit
OPT: Ovulation Predictor Test
P4: Progesterone
PBO: Prebirth Order
POAS: Pee on a Stick (referring to a Home Pregnancy Test)
PCOS: Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCOD: Poly-cystic Ovarian Disease
PED: Potential Egg Donor
PG: Pregnant
PGD: Pre implantation genetic diagnosis
PGS: Potential Gestational Surrogate
PIO: Progesterone in Oil
PIP: Potential Intended Parent
PIF: Potential Intended Father
PIM: Potential Intended Mother
PMS: Pre-menstrual Syndrome
PSM: Potential Surrogate Mother
PTL: Preterm Labor
PTS: Potential Traditional Surrogate
RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist
Rx: Prescription
ER: Retrieval (Egg)
SA: Sperm/Semen Analysis
SD: Sperm Donor
SIL: Sister-in-law
SM: Surrogate Mother
STD: Sexually Transmitted Disease
Stims: Medications used to stimulate the ovaries
TS: Traditional Surrogate
TTC: Trying To Conceive
u/s: Ultrasound
zift: Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer