Glossary of Terms at New Mexico Surrogacy

When I was a military spouse, I remember trying to keep up with the acronyms made my head spin. Going TDY, PCS-ing, DITY, partial DITY, and then all the ranks…and I’m all like WTH?! Then…I started working with New Mexico Surrogacy, and it was a whole new vortex of acronyms. No joke…first team call sounded like a foreign language. I remember when I was TTC (see what I did there) my first child, I went on some online community boards and I got just a taste of the many acronyms used in this world. Mostly I was exposed to LMP, hCG, LMP, BFN and BFP and then later down the road, I knew VBAC because I thankfully was able to experience two of them…but these other ones? Holy moly! It can be confusing and frustrating, especially when you are trying to start your family not learn a new language. 

So here’s our handy, dandy quick reference guide that will hopefully help guide you along the way. So when you’re on those message boards or hear your doctor(s) use them, just know…you’ve got this!

ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology): conception without intercourse, often refers to fertility treatments

BCP (Birth Control Pills): oral contraceptive

Beta Test: blood test for pregnancy that tests hCG levels (see: hCG)

BFN (Big Fat Negative): a negative pregnancy test

BFP (Big Fat Positive): a positive pregnancy test (jump for joy!)

CB (Cycle Buddy): Someone who is transferring the same day or within a couple of days

CD_ (Cycle Day _): based on a woman’s monthly cycle and which day/number she is on during her cycle

D&C (Dilation and Curettage): medical procedure used to remove tissue from the uterus

DE (Donor Egg): the donor egg being used for IVF

DP3DT (Days Post 3-Day Transfer): days since the embryo transfer after the embryo was grown in the lab for 3 days

DP5DT (Days Post 5-Day Transfer): days since the embryo transfer after the embryo was grown in the lab for 5 days

DPT (Days Post Transfer): number of days after the embryo transfer

E2 (Estradiol): Estrogen steroid hormone involved in the regulation of the estrous and menstrual reproductive cycles

ED (Egg Donor/Egg Donation): the person who donates the eggs, or the process of getting donated eggs

EDD (Estimated Due Date): when the baby is due based on embryo growth and date of transfer

ET (Embryo Transfer): the procedure when the embryo is transferred to the “recipient” uterus

FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer): the procedure when a frozen embryo is transferred to the “recipient” uterus

GC (Gestational Carrier): a woman who carries a pregnancy for intended parent/s

GD (Gestational Diabetes): glucose intolerance during pregnancy

GS (Gestational Surrogate): a woman who carries a pregnancy for intended parent/s

hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin): hormones produced in pregnancy

HPT (Home Pregnancy Test): a home diagnostic kit for testing for pregnancy hormones (pee stick)

HSC (Hysteroscopy): ultrasound to view the lining of the uterus

IF (Intended Father): a father expecting a baby via gestational carrier

IFs (Intended Fathers): two fathers expecting a baby via gestational carrier

IM (Intended Mother): a mother expecting a baby via gestational carrier

IMs (Intended Mothers): two mothers expecting a baby via gestational carrier

IP (Intended Parent): a parent expecting a baby via gestational carrier

IPs (Intended Parents): parents expecting a baby via gestational carrier

IVF (In Vitro Fertilization): procedure by which an ovum is combined with sperm outside the body resulting in embryos, which are transferred to the uterus

LMP (Last Menstrual Period): the start date of a woman’s last menstrual cycle

M/C (Miscarriage): spontaneous loss of pregnancy

OB (Obstetrician): doctor who specializes in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum

OB/GYN (Obstetrician and Gynecologist): a doctor who specializes in pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and women’s health

P4 (Progesterone): steroid and sex hormone involved in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy

PBO (Pre-Birth Order): court document that establishes who the parents of a child are and whose names will appear on the birth certificate

PET (Post-Embryo Transfer): the time after an embryo transfer

PG (Pregnant): pregnant! (YAY!)

PIF (Potential Intended Father)

PIM (Potential Intended Mother)

PIO (Progesterone in Oil): shots of progesterone in oil pregnancy hormone are used to prepare the inner lining of the uterus for the transfer and implantation of the embryo

PIP (Potential Intended Parent)

POAS (Pee on a Stick): Referring to a pregnancy test

RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist): Physician who specializes in infertility and IVF

SCH (Sub Chorionic Hemorrhage): the increase of blood in the outer fetal membrane next to the placenta or between the uterus and the placenta

SubQ (Subcutaneous Injections): a shot given in the fatty tissue just under the skin

US or U/S (Ultrasound): picture using ultrasound technology, in this case, specifically of the reproductive organs or of an embryo/fetus

VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-Section): when a woman chooses to vaginally deliver a baby after having delivered a previous baby via C-Section

And many others! If you have any questions about being a gestational carrier, click here. Or if you want information about surrogacy and needing a gestational carrier, click here. New Mexico Surrogacy is committed to growing families through gestational surrogacy. We provide assistance to infertile couples, same-sex couples, and single men and women seeking to start a family through assisted reproductive technology.