Acronyms used in Infertility and Surrogacy

Every profession has their own special list of acronyms that they use every day. Surrogacy and infertility is no exception! This list is dedicated to our profession’s special blend of alphabet soup.

Now you can confidently nod knowingly when we ramble on that “we’ve got FX for the 2WW” or that the “OB wants GS on MAT LV now.” You know you’re one of the cool kids when you high five your fav’ GC with an early H&H9 because their HPT POAS looks like a BFP — gotta wait for that OB confirmation, but always sending those ELV!

We’ve added all the ones we can think of, but there may be more. HTH, YMMV.

2WW – Two Week Wait 

The waiting period between the transfer and the pregnancy test.

AF – Aunt Flo

Slang for menstrual period.

ART – Assisted Reproductive Technology

The technology used to achieve pregnancy. 

ASRM – Americal Society of Reproductive Medicine 

Americal Society of Reproductive Medicine 

BCP – Birth Control Pills

Oral Contraceptives. 

BFN – Big Fat Negative

Slang for a negative pregnancy test.

BFP – Big Fat Positive

Slang for a positive pregnancy test.

BW – Blood Work

Blood work

CB – Cycle Buddy

Women on the same menstrual or fertility cycle.

CD – Cycle Day

Day of your menstrual cycle.

CP –  Cervical Position

Monitoring your CP helps your doctor determine when you are most fertile.

D&C – Dilation and Curettage

A procedure to remove tissue from inside your uterus.

D&E – Dilation and Evacuation

A procedure where the cervix is dilated and surgically evacuated. 

DE – Donor Egg

A human egg cell provided by an egg donor.

DD, DH, DS, DW – Darling/Dear

DD- Darling/Dear Daughter

DH- Darling/Dear Husband

DS- Darling/Dear Son

DW- Darling/Dear Wife

DPO- Day Past Ovulation

DPR – Day Past Retrieval 

DP3DT – Days Post 3 Day Transfer

DP5DT – Days Post 5 Day Transfer

DPT – Days Post Transfer

DX –  Diagnosis

E2 – Estradiol

A female sex horomone that is the predominent estrogen throughout reproductive years.

EB/EMB – Endometrial Biopsy 

A procedure where a small sample of the lining of the uterus is taken and tested.

ED – Egg Donor/Donation

When a woman donates eggs for assisted reproduction or biomedical  research.

EDD – Estimated Due Date

The day labor is expected to begin. 

ELV –  Easy Labor Vibes

Well wishes for an easy labor.

EML – Extended Maternity Leave

ENDO – Endometriosis 

A disorder where tissue that typically grows within the uterus, grows on the outside.

EPT – Early pregnancy Test

ET – Embryo Transfer

EWCM – Egg White Cervical Mucus 

The most fertile of the CM.

FAM – Family Awareness Method

Tracking your menstrual cycle to determine the days you can get pregnant.

FBG – Fasting Blood Glucose

Measuring your glucose level after fasting for at least 8 hours.

FET – Frozen Embryo Transfer

FHR – Fetal Heart Rate

FIP, FIM, FIF – Former Intended (Parent, Mother, Father)

These acronyms indicate that person(s) who are trying to the parent (FIP), mother (FIM), or father (FIF). See Intended Parent.

FMU – First Morning Urine

It is recommended to use this for home pregnancy test (HPT) as it contains the highest pregnancy hormone.

FRER- First Response Early Result

A brand of home pregnancy test (HPT).

FX – Fingers Crossed 🤞

Fingers crossed is a hand gesture commonly used to wish someone luck. 

GC – Gestational Carrier

A woman who volunteers to carry a pregnancy for a couple who cannot.

GD – Gestational Diabetes

GS – Gestational Surrogate 

A woman who volunteers to carry a pregnancy for a couple who cannot.

GTC – Going to Conceive

GTT – Glucose Tolerance Test

Measures your body’s response to sugar.  

H&H9 – Happy and Healthy 9 Months

Congratulations for a successful pregnancy and well wishes to for the mother and baby to carry to full term of 9 months.

HCG – Human Chorionic Gonadotropin 

The hormone produced in the placenta that is used to detect pregnancy.

HGB – Hemoglobin 

The iron containing oxygen transport metalloprotein in the red blood cells.

HOM – High Order Multiples

Multiple pregnancies with 3 or more fetuses. 

HPT –  Home Pregnancy Test

HSC –  Hysteroscopy 

A procedure that allows a doctor to look inside a uterus to determine the cause of abnormal bleeding,

HSG – Hysterosalpingogram 

An X-ray that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the area around them.

HTH – Hope That Helps

HX – History

ICI –  Intracervical Insemination 

An artificial insemination procedure that involves placing sperm directly into a women’s reproductive tract to improve the chances of pregnancy.

ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

An in vitro fertilization procedure in with a single sperm is injected directly into an egg.

IP, IM, IF – Intended Parent, Intended Mother, Intended Father

Intended Parents are people who are unable to have a biological child of their own through natural or in vitro processes.  

Indy –  Independent

A surrogacy journey completed without the aid of an agency. 

Insems –  Artificial Insemination 

ITI – Intratubal Insemination 

A more invasive procedure where sperm is placed directly into both of the fallopian tubes.

ISA – Independent Surrogacy Arrangement 

IUI – Intrauterine Insemination

The placement of sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilization.

IVF – In Vitro Fertilization 

Manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish and then transferring the embryo to the uterus to facilitate pregnancy. 

LAP – Laparoscopy

A surgery that uses a thin, lighted tube put through a cut (incision) in the belly to look at the abdominal organs or the female pelvic organs.

L&D – Labor and Delivery

LMP – Last Menstrual Period

LP – Luteal Phase 

The latter phase of the menstrual cycle.

LPD – Luteal Phase Defect

A disruption in a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle.

MAT LV – Maternity Leave

MC –  Miscarriage 

Spontaneous loss of pregnancy before the 20th week, typically before the 12th week,

MFI – Male Factor Infertility

Often occurs due to low sperm count or production of abnormal sperm. 

MO – Months Old

MS – Morning Sickness

MW – Midwife

NFP – Natural Family Planning 

Tracking your menstrual cycle to determine the days you can get pregnant.

NP – Nurse Practitioner

Advanced practice registered nurses.

NST – Non Stress Test

A test that monitors the babies heart rate and movement along with your contractions. 

O – Ovulation

When a mature egg is released for fertilization. 

O’ing – Ovulating

OB or OBGYN – Obstetrician/Gynecologist 

A doctor that specializes in women’s reproductive health.  

OTC – Over the Counter

Medications that can be purchased without a prescription

PBO – Pre Birth Order

The court order that predetermines parentage of a child born through surrogacy.

PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the edges caused by a hormonal disorder.

PED – Pediatrician 

The medical doctor that manages the health of children from birth to age 21.

PG – Pregnant

PGD – Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis 

The testing of the embryos before transfer to check for abnormalities. 

PI – Primary Infertility

Couples that have not gotten pregnant after one year of unprotected copulation. 

PID –  Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

An infection of the female reproductive organs.

PIP, PIM, PIF – Potential Intended (Parent, Mother, Father)

Intended Parent(s) who have not yet engaged in a surrogacy contract. See Intended Parent

PIO- Progesterone in OiL

An injectable form of progesterone which is an essential pregnancy hormone. 

PMS –  Premenstrual Syndrome

The psychological and emotional symptoms of a woman’s period.

POAS – Pee On A Stick

To take a home pregnancy test.

PPD –  Postpartum Depression

Depression that occurs after childbirth.

PROM – Premature Rupture of Membranes

Rupture or breakage of the amniotic sac more than 1 hour before the onset of labor.

PTC – Preterm Labor

Labor that begins before the 37th week of pregnancy.

RE – Reproductive Endocrinologist

A surgical subspecialty of OB’s  that are trained in reproductive medicine and    hormone function in regards to reproduction and infertility. 

RPL – Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Two or more miscarriages before 20 weeks of pregnancy.

RSP – Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion

Disease separate from infertility that is defined by two or more failed pregnancies.

SAAF –  Stay Away Aunt Flo

SAHD – Stay At Home Dad

SAHM – Stay At Home Mom

SCH – Subchorionic Hematoma/ Subchorionic Hemorrhage

A pooling of blood between the membrane surrounding the embryo and uterine wall; the most common cause of first trimester bleeding.

SD –  Sperm Donor 

A male that donates sperm for the purpose of impregnating a woman that is not their partner. 

SET – Single Embryo Transfer

The transfer of a single embryo.

SHG – Sonohysterogram 

A saline solution ultrasound.

SHOW – Soft High Open Wet

Condition of cervix during ovulation.

SI – Secondary Infertility

The inability to become or carry to term a pregnancy after a biological child is born with no reproductive assistance. 

SO – Significant Other

STD – Sexually Transmitted Disease

SubQ – Subcutaneous Injection

A shot given in the fat layer between the skin and muscle.

SW – Social Worker

TS – Traditional Surrogacy

Surrogacy in which the surrogate herself provides the egg and she is artificially inseminated or undergoes IVF with the IF or

TTC – Trying to Conceive

US – Ultrasound

UTI – Urinary Tract Infection

WAH – Work at Home

WAHP, WAHM, WAHD – Work at Home (Parent, Mom, Dad)

WBC – White Blood Cells

WM, WD – Working Mom, Working Dad

X-AFP – Expanded Alpha-Protein Test 

A prenatal test to determine the likelihood that a fetus is affected with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18, and certain types of birth defects.

YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary

Your experience may be different than the one being described.