If you’re new to the world of fertility treatments, surrogate mothers or egg, sperm and embryo donation, the first steps on your journey will no-doubt be daunting. There are many players in the field including fertility doctors, infertility counsellors, intended parents, egg and sperm and embryo donors, surrogate mothers, surrogacy and fertility lawyers, clinics, legislation, support groups and forums.

You will be consulting frequently with these players to map your steps, define your process and receive support, in-person, by phone and online. The online world is its own unique place. If you have already started searching for support resources or have participated in any online chats, you will likely have noticed the lingo, as there are a plethora of acronyms. From ABC to ZIFT, here are over 125 frequently used acronyms along with their meanings. Knowing these terms might help make the journey towards creating your family a lot more understandable. If you come across any you would like to add to the list, please leave a comment and let me know. I will certainly update the list.

Regards, Michelle


Acronym Definition Acronym Definition
2WW  2-Week Wait IUI  Intrauterine Insemination
ABC  Artificial Birth Control LAP  Laparoscopy
AF  Aunt Flo -Your menstrual period LH  Luteinizing Hormone
AI  Artificial Insemination L&D  Labor and Delivery
AP  Adoptive Parents LMP  Last Menstrual Period (start date)
ART  Assisted reproductive technology LOK  Lots of Kids
AZH or AH  Assisted Hatching LP  Luteal Phase
BBT  Basal Body Temperature M/C  Miscarriage
BCP  Birth Control Pills MFI  Male Factor Infertility
BETA  Blood test for Pregnancy MAT LV  Maternity Leave
BFP  Big Fat Positive (found on HPT, and Betas) M/S  Morning sickness
BFN  Big Fat Negative (these are no fun, also found on HPT’s & Betas) MW  Midwife
BM  Birth Mom NFP  Natural Family planning (To Pinpoint Ovulation)
BMI  Body Mass Index (measure of body fat based on height and weight) NP  Nurse Practitioner
BT  Blood Test NST  Non-Stress Test
B/W  Blood work O  Ovulation
CB  Cycle Buddy (Women on the Same Menstrual Cycle) O’ing  Ovulating
CD  Cycle day – The first day of your period is cycle day 1 OB  Obstetrician
CF  Cervical Fluid OB/GYN  Obstetrician/Gynecologist
CM  Cervical Mucus OC  Oral Contraceptives
CNM  Certified Nurse Midwife OPK  Ovulation Predictor Kit
CP  Cervical position OPT  Ovulation Predictor Test
CTX  Contractions P4  Progesterone
CVS  Chorionic Villus Sampling PED  Pediatrician
D&C  Dilation & Curettage (Surgical Procedure After Miscarriage) PBO  Prebirth Order
D&E  Dilation & Evacuation (Surgical Procedure After Miscarriage) POAS  Pee on a Stick (referring to a Home Pregnancy Test)
DE  Donor Egg/Donor Embryo PCOS  Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome
DPO  Days Post Ovulation PCOD  Poly-cystic Ovarian Disease
DPR  Days Post-Retrieval PED  Potential Egg Donor
DP3DT  Days Post 3-Day Transfer PG  Pregnant
DP5DT  Days Post 5-Day Transfer PGD  Pre implantation genetic diagnosis
DPT  Days Post Transfer PGS  Potential Gestational Surrogate
E2  Estrogen PI  Primary Infertility
ED  Egg donor/donation PID  Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
EDD  Estimated Due Date PIF  Potential Intended Father
eDET  Elective Double Embryo Transfer PIM  Potential Intended Mother
ELV  Easy Labor Vibes PIO  Progesterone in Oil
EML  Extended Maternity Leave PIP  Potential Intended Parent
EPT  Early Pregnancy Test PMS  Pre-menstrual Syndrome
ER  Retrieval (Egg) POAS  Pee On A Stick (Use a Home Pregnancy Test)
eSET  Elective Single Embryo Transfer PPD  Postpartum Depression
ET  Embryo Transfer PROM  Premature Rupture of the Membranes
FAM  Family Awareness Method (For Pinpointing Ovulation) PSM  Potential Surrogate Mother
FET  Frozen Embryo Transfer PTL  Preterm Labor
FGS  Former Gestational Surrogate PTS  Potential Traditional Surrogate
FHR  Fetal Heart Rate RB  Rainbow babies
FIF  Former Intended Father RE  Reproductive Endocrinologist
FIM  Former Intended Mother RPL  Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
FIP  Former Intended Parents RSA  Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
FRED  Pregnancy Test Brand –  First Response, Early Detection. Now called Early Result. RUM  Are You Married?
FSH  Follicle Stimulating Hormone RUS  Are You Single?
FSM  Former Surrogate Mother Rx  Prescription
FMU  First Morning Urine SA  Sperm/Semen Analysis
FTSHAM  Full-Time Stay-at-Home Mom SAAF  Stay Away Aunt Flo
FTS  Former Traditional Surrogate SAHD  Stay At Home Dad
FTWM  Full-Time Working Mom SAHM  Stay At Home Mom
GC  Gestational Carrier SAHP  Stay At Home Parent
GD  Gestational Diabetes SAHW  Stay At Home Wife SD
GIFT  Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer SD Sperm Donor
GS  Gestational Surrogate SM  Surrogate Mother
GTC  Going to Conceive S/S  Signs/Symptoms
GTT  Glucose Tolerance Test STD  Sexually Transmitted Disease
H&H9  Happy and Healthy 9 Months/Pregnancy Congratulations Stims  Medications used to stimulate the ovaries
HCG  Human Chorionic Gonadotropin SubQ   Subcutaneous injection
HI  Home Insemination TCOYF  Take Charge of Your Fertility
HPT  Home Pregnancy Test TOK  Tons of Kids
HOM  High order multiples TS  Traditional Surrogate
HSC  Hysteroscopy TTA  Trying to Avoid Conception
HSG  Hysterosalpingogram TTC  Trying To Conceive
Hx  History U/S  Ultrasound
ICI  Intra-cervical Insemination UTI  Urinary Tract Infection
ICSI  Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection WAH  Work At Home
IF  Intended Father WAHD  Work At Home Dad
IM  Intended Mother WAHM  Work At Home Mom
IMO/IMHO  In my opinion/In my humble opinion WAHP  Work At Home Parent
Indy/Independent Working without an agency WBC  White Blood Cells
Indy  Independent Surrogacy Journey, You don’t use an agency. WD  Working Dad
Insems  Artificial Insemination WOHD  Working Out of Home Dad
IP  Intended parent/parents WOHM  Working Out of Home Mom
ITI  Intratubal Insemination X-AFP  Expanded Alpha-Protein Test
ISA  Independent Surrogacy Arrangement ZIFT  Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer
IVF  In Vitro Fertilization