When you start your surrogacy journey, you will come across a lot of different acronyms. Below, we list some of the most common ones.

  1. ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology
  2. ACA: Anticardiolipin Antibodies
  3. AI: Artificial Insemination
  4. IVF: In Vitro Fertilization
  5. ET: Embryo Transfer
  6. PGD/PGS: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis/Screening
  7. GC: Gestational Carrier
  8. IP(s): Intended Parent(s)
  9. SA: Semen Analysis
  10. HSG: Hysterosalpingogram
  11. AMH: Anti-Müllerian Hormone
  12. FSH: Follicle-stimulating hormone
  13. LH: Luteinizing Hormone
  14. E2: Estradiol
  15. P4: Progesterone
  16. PMTCT: Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (of HIV, in some cases)
  17. FDA: Food and Drug Administration (relevant for surrogacy regulations)
  18. HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  19. RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist
  20. OB/GYN: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
  21. OB: Obstetrician
  22. REI: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  23. ED: Egg Donor
  24. ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology
  25. POT: Plan of Treatment
  26. BETA: Beta Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (a hormone indicating pregnancy)
  27. D&C: Dilation and Curettage
  28. DPT: Days Post-Transfer
  29. DPO: Days Post-Ovulation
  30. PBO: Pre-Birth Order (legal document establishing intended parents’ rights)
  31. IP(s): Intended Parent(s)
  32. LOI: Letter of Intent
  33. GC: Gestational Carrier
  34. ASRM: American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  35. ESHRE: European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
  36. CFC: Center for Fertility and Cryogenics
  37. FDA: Food and Drug Administration (regarding reproductive health)
  38. HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  39. ERA: Endometrial Receptivity Assay
  40. EPT: Early Pregnancy Test
  41. PGS/PGT-A: Preimplantation Genetic Screening/Testing for Aneuploidy
  42. PGD/PGT-M: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis/Testing for Monogenic Disorders
  43. FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer
  44. LMP: Last Menstrual Period
  45. USG: Ultrasound
  46. POI: Primary Ovarian Insufficiency
  47. TTC: Trying To Conceive
  48. TWW: Two-week wait (time between transfer and pregnancy test)
  49. USCIS: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  50. ICSI: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
  51. MFI: Male Factor Infertility
  52. PESA/TESE: Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration/Testicular Sperm Extraction
  53. HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
  54. OTC: Over-the-Counter
  55. Tx: Treatment

Remember, the acronyms you encounter may vary based on the specific context of your surrogacy journey, the location, and the medical practices involved. Always make sure to clarify any terms or acronyms you are unfamiliar with to ensure clear communication throughout the process. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Shared Conception.