Top 10 Surrogacy Acronyms You Should Know Before Becoming A Surrogate Mother
Before starting your surrogacy process, you will want to know some of the most used surrogacy acronyms. Knowing the acronyms and what each of them means is important because it will help you understand everything in the process faster. You will have the first knowledge about everything the doctors and surrogacy professionals are telling you when they are using acronyms to explain. These are the ten most common ones, and understanding what they are will help your surrogacy process run smoothly.
If you need any help with surrogacy acronyms, contact us at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado. Our surrogacy professionals will help you out with anything you are confused with and need a better understanding of. We know how overwhelming it may all sound, but it will all be worth it in the end when you help a well-deserving couple have a baby of their own.
1. IP(s): Intended Parent(s)
This is an important one because the intended parents are who you are carrying the baby for. Their embryo is transferred inside of you so that they can get the chance to have a baby of their own without one of them having to carry them. The intended parents are the ones who are wanting to have a biological child through surrogacy.
Other terms that can be included in this category are
- IF(s) = Intended Father(s)
- IM(s) = Intended Mother(s)
- PIF = Potential Intended Father
- PIM = Potential Intended Mother
- PIP = Potential Intended Parent
All of which are a part of the subcategory within IP(s) and are all known as the people for whom you are becoming a surrogate mother.
2. GC/GS: Gestational Carrier/Gestational Surrogate
This is you, the gestational carrier or surrogate. You are the one who carries the baby who is not biologically or genetically related to you. You are carrying the biological baby of the intended parents. This is called gestational surrogacy because you are carrying someone else’s baby. This is different from the term TS, which means traditional surrogate, where the surrogate mother is the egg donor. The term gestational surrogate is used more often because it is legal in more states than traditional surrogacy is.
3. RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist
This is important to remember because this is who has been working with the intended parents and their infertility struggles. Once the RE and the intended parents decide on starting surrogacy, you as the surrogate mother will be another person who interacts with the RE. He or she will coordinate all of the treatments that you will have to undergo to start the surrogacy process. This can include the IVF treatment and the ET, two of the most important procedures that occur during the surrogacy process.
4. OB: Obstetrician; OB/GYN: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
You may already know this term because of your past personal pregnancies, but it is still an important surrogacy acronym. Your OB/GYN is a huge part of your surrogacy process and is the one who signs off on whether or not you are in a healthy condition to become a surrogate. You will work with your OB/GYN throughout the entire surrogacy pregnancy. He or she will make sure that your pregnancy is going smoothly and that the baby is growing and developing healthy as he or she should.
5. ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology
This is a huge part of surrogacy because this includes all methods of assisted reproduction. This technology is how you will become pregnant with the intended parents’ biological baby. This ART can include IVF and ET, two big procedures that require the assistance of reproduction.
6. IVF: In Vitro Fertilization
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Treatment is the retrieving of both the mother’s egg and the father’s sperm. These are then combined in a laboratory dish to create an embryo. This is the fertilizing of embryos stage of the surrogacy. This happens before you become pregnant, while you are taking all of the prepregnancy medications to get you ready. This embryo will then be transferred inside of you and the IVF treatment can go multiple times in case it doesn’t work the first or second time.
7. ET: Embryo Transfer
The embryo transfer is the part where the embryo is placed into your uterus as a surrogate mother. This is a part of the IVF process and is practiced by the certified doctor. This is a more intimate procedure and may feel a little uncomfortable. Your doctor will prepare you for this when you start your surrogacy process and will make you as comfortable as possible, so you have nothing to worry about.
8. BFP: Big Fat Positive and BFN: Big Fat Negative
BFP refers to the positive home pregnancy test you could receive after going through the IVF and ET procedures. This is what we hope you see after the first IVF treatment is done.
BFN is the opposite of this and it means that you received a negative result from your home pregnancy test. This can be discouraging, but if you receive a BFN, your doctors will try the IVF treatment again until you receive that BFP!
9. BCP: Birth Control Pills
You may be confused as to why birth control pills are a part of the surrogacy process because they usually help you not get pregnant. In surrogacy, BCP is sometimes used when a fresh embryo is created. As the surrogate mother, you may have to take birth control pills to become in line with the intended mother’s cycle before the embryo transfer. This is important because as the surrogate mother, having a more synced cycle with the intended mother will help the embryo transfer be more successful.
10. E2: Estradiol and P4: Progesterone
- Estradiol is an estrogen medication that you will take as a surrogate mother to help prepare for the embryo transfer. This will help the lining of the uterus grow, preparing your body for a baby.
- Progesterone is a hormone that helps maintain pregnancy. This prepares the uterine lining as well as regulates your monthly menstrual cycle.
Why Knowing and Understanding These Surrogacy Acronyms is Important
Being knowledgeable about some or all surrogacy acronyms is important because you will already know what the doctors and surrogacy professionals are discussing. Understanding these acronyms also lets you know what to expect during your surrogacy journey at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado.
If you have any questions or need anything explained more, you can contact a surrogacy professional at one of our surrogate agencies. We are here for you 24/7! We understand that this list may be overwhelming, but we are here to help give you clarity.
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