If you’re considering surrogacy you’ve probably run across a lot of acronyms. Some are easy to decipher, while others can leave you scratching your head.

So we’ve compiled a list of the most common acronyms you’ll come across during your surrogacy journey.


ACA: Anticardiolipin Antibodies
ACTH: Adrenal Corticotropic Hormone
AFP: Alpha-Fetoprotein Test
AI: Artificial Insemination
AP: Attachment Parenting
ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology
ATA: Antithyroid Antibody
AVA: Antiovarian Antibody


BB: Bulletin Board
BBT: Basal Body Temperature
BCP: Birth Control Pills
BFN: Big Fat Negative (Negative Pregnancy Test) (Also Bye For Now)
BFP: Big Fat Positive (Positive Pregnancy Test)
BT: Blood Test


CB: Cycle Buddy (Women on the Same Menstrual Cycle)
CBE: ClearBlueEasy
CCCT: Clomiphene Citrate Challenge (Clomid Challenge)
CD: Cycle Day (Day of Menstrual Cycle; The First Day of A Period Is Day 1)
CF: Cervical Fluid
CM: Cervical Mucus
CNM: Certified Nurse Midwife
CP: Cervical position
CVS: Chorionic Villus Sampling


D&C: Dilation and Curretage (Surgical Procedure After Miscarriage)
D&E: Dilation and Evacuation (Surgical Procedure After Miscarriage)
DA: Daycare
DE: Donor Egg
DPO: Day Past Ovulation
DPR: Days Past Retrieval
DP3DT: Days Post 3-Day Transfer
DP5DT: Days Post 5-Day Transfer
DPT: Days Post Transfer


E2: Estradiol
ED: Egg Donor/Donation
EDD: Estimated Delivery/Due Date
EFR/FRER/FRE: First Response Early Results (Pregnancy Test)
EPT: Early Pregnancy Test
EWCM: Egg White Cervical Mucus


FAM: Family Awareness Method (For Pinpointing Ovulation)
FC: Fingers Crossed
FIF: Former Intended Father
FIM: Former Intended Mother
FIP: Former Intended Parent


GS: Gestational Surrogacy
GTC: Going to Conceive
GTT: Glucose Tolerance Test


H&H9: Happy and Healthy 9 Months/Pregnancy Congratulations
HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
HGB: Hemoglobin
HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
HSC: Hysteroscopy
HSG: Hysterosalpingogram
Hx: History


ICI: Intra-cervical Insemination
ICSI: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IF: Infertility/Intended Father
IM: Intended Mother
Insems: Artificial Insemination
IP: Intended Parent
ITI: Intratubal Insemination
ISA: Independent Surrogacy Arrangement
IUI: Intrauterine Insemination
IVF: In Vitro fertilization


LAP: Laparoscopy
L&D: Labor and Delivery
LMP: Last Menstrual Period
LOK: Lots of Kids
LP: Luteal Phase
LPD: Luteal Phase Defect


MAT LV: Maternity Leave
MC or M/C: Miscarriage
MFI: Male Factor Infertility
MO: Months old
MS: Morning Sickness
MW: Midwife


NFP: Natural Family planning
NP: Nurse Practitioner
NST: Non-Stress Test


O: Ovulation
O’ing: Ovulating
OB: Obstetrician
OB/GYN: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
OLV: Open Legs Vibe (To See Gender During Ultrasound)
OPK: Ovulation Predictor Kits
OPT: Ovulation Predictor Test
OTC: Over the Counter


PED: Pediatrician
PG: Pregnant
PI: Primary Infertility
PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PIF: Potential Intended Father
PIM: Potential Intended Mother
PIP: Potential Intended Parent
PMS: Premenstrual Syndrome
POAS: Pee On A Stick (Use a Home Pregnancy Test)
PPD: Postpartum Depression
PROM: Premature Rupture of the Membranes
PTL: Preterm Labor


RBC: Red Blood Cell
RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist
RPL: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
RSA: Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
RUM?: Are You Married?
RUS?: Are You Single?


SAHD: Stay At Home Dad
SAHM: Stay At Home Mom
SAHP: Stay At Home Parent
SAHW: Stay At Home Wife
SD: Sperm Donor
SHOW: Soft High Open Wet (Condition of Cervix During Ovulation)
SI: Secondary Infertility
SO: Significant Other
STD: Sexually Transmitted Disease
SW: Social Worker


TOK: Tons of Kids
TS: Traditional Surrogacy
TTC: Trying to Conceive
Tx: Treatment


US: Ultrasound
UTI: Urinary Tract Infection


WAH: Work At Home
WAHD: Work At Home Dad
WAHM: Work At Home Mom
WAHP: Work At Home Parent
WBC: White Blood Cells
WD: Working Dad
WOHD: Working Out of Home Dad
WOHM: Working Out of Home Mom


X-AFP: Expanded Alpha-Protein Test

Source: http://www.therainbowbabies.com/MessageBoardAcronyms.html