What do Surrogacy Acronyms Mean?

Learn your surrogacy acronyms

You’ve applied to be a surrogate and you’ve been accepted into the program. Hooray!

Almost immediately you start seeing acronyms and abbreviations everywhere: in your agency paperwork, from the clinic, about your medications, and even in surrogacy boards and social groups. It’s like everyone is talking in a different language!

So…what do all of these acronyms mean?


Here we define many of the acronyms and abbreviations and terms you’ll come across as a surrogate or egg donor.

RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist

2WW: 2 Week Wait

ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology

BCP: Birth Control Pills

BETA: Blood test for Pregnancy

BFN: Big Fat Negative (a negative pregnancy test)

BFP: Big Fat Positive (a positive pregnancy test)

CD: Cycle Day

CVS: Chorionic Villus Sampling

D&C: Dilation and Curettage

DE: Donor Egg

DP3DT: Days Post 3-Day Transfer

DP5DT: Days Post 5-Day Transfer

DPT: Days Post Transfer

E2: Estradiol

ED: Egg donor/donation

EDD: Estimated Due Date

ET: Embryo Transfer

FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer

GC: Gestational Carrier

GD: Gestational Diabetes

GS: Gestational Surrogate

hCG HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

HPT: Home Pregnancy Test

HSC: Hysteroscopy

IF: Intended Father

IFs: Intended Fathers

IM: Intended Mother

IP: Intended Parent

IPs: Intended Parents

IVF: In Vitro Fertilization

LH: Luteinizing Hormone

LMP: Last Menstrual Period (start date)

M/C: Miscarriage

OB: Obstetrician

OB/GYN: Obstetrician/Gynecologist

P4: Progesterone

PBO: Pre-birth Order

PET: Post-embryo Transfer

PG: Pregnant

PIF: Potential Intended Father

PIM: Potential Intended Mother

PIO: Progesterone in Oil

PIP: Potential Intended Parent

POAS: Pee on a Stick

SCH: Sub Chorionic Hemorrhage

SM: Surrogate Mother

SubQ: Subcutaneous Injections

US or U/S: Ultrasound

Vbac: Vaginal Delivery after C-Section

With this handy list you’re ready to continue on your journey – and know all of the lingo!

Learn more about becoming a surrogate.

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