Surrogacy is full of acronyms! I thought it would be fun to create a list. I will try to update it as they change or if I forget any. If you know of any that are missed, send me a message to add to the list!
IP: Intended Parents
The people or person who will be the parent of the baby.
GC: Gestational Carrier, interchangeable with Gestational Surrogate and just surrogate
The technical term for a surrogate who is not using her eggs to create the pregnancy. The person who carries the pregnancy.
TS: Traditional Surrogate
A surrogate who is using her eggs in combination with the sperm to create the pregnancy and then creates the pregnancy.
RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist
This is the fertility doctor who specializes in helping people achieve a pregnancy. This is the doctor that will walk you through the IVF process.
This is taking an at home pregnancy test.
Assisted Reproductive Technology/ART
A general term for any aspect of assisted reproduction such as embryo creation, surrogacy, egg donation, etc.
The process of egg retrieval and sperm sample, then combining the egg and sperm to create an embryo, then transferring the embryo to the uterus.
BCP: Birth Control Pills
Used in surrogacy to control timing.
PIO: Progesterone in Oil
The hormone progesterone that’s injected through a syringe
FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer
A frozen embryo that’s thawed and then transferred to the uterus.
2WW: Two Week Wait
The time between an embryo transfer and a blood test to determine pregnancy.
Beta: HcG level Blood Test
The beta HcG level blood test determines pregnancy. A number that doubles is a good sign. People in the surrogacy community will often just call this beta. As in “what’s your beta?”
PBO: Pre-birth Order
Some states allow a pre-birth order which is establishes parentage before a baby is born.
These are just some of the more common acronyms used in surrogacy. Do you know any that should be added to the list? Send me a message below and I might add them.