“Our GC just let her IPs know that she has a BFP on a HPT 5dp5dt!” 

I’m sorry. What was that?  

IDK Acronyms

If you’re new to the world of surrogacy, it can sometimes feel like others are speaking a foreign language. But don’t worry – we’re here to help!  

“Our GC just let her IPs know that she has a BFP on a HPT 5dp5dt!” translates to: Our gestational carrier (or surrogate) just let her intended parents know that she got a big-fat-positive (positive result) on a home pregnancy test, 5 days after the transfer of a 5-day embryo. 

It all seems so simple now, right? Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by SurroSpeak, just take a look at the list below and you can try to tackle a translation yourself!  

2WW = 2 Week Wait – the wait between transfer and pregnancy test
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 
DE = Donor Egg 
DET = Double Embryo Transfer
DP3DT = Days Post 3-Day Transfer
DP5DT = Days Post 5-Day Transfer
DPT = Days Post Transfer 
ED = Egg donor/donation 
EDD = Estimated Due Date 
ET = Embryo Transfer
FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer 
GC = Gestational Carrier (used interchangeably with GS) – has no genetic link to baby
GD = Gestational Diabetes 
GS = Gestational Surrogate (used interchangeably with GC) – has no genetic link to baby
hCG or HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – hormone measured by a pregnancy test
HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
HSC = Hysteroscopy 
IF = Intended Father 
IFs = Intended Fathers
IM = Intended Mother or Intramuscular injections 
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
PBO = Pre-birth Order 
PG = Pregnant 
PGD = Preimplantation genetic diagnosis – results of PGS
PGS = Preimplantation genetic screening – testing done on embryos
PIF = Potential Intended Father 
PIM = Potential Intended Mother
PIO = Progesterone in Oil 
PIP = Potential Intended Parent
POAS = Pee on a Stick 
PUPO = Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise – term used during the 2 week wait
RE = Reproductive Endocrinologist
SCH = Sub Chorionic Hemorrhage 
SET = Single Embryo Transfer
SubQ = Subcutaneous Injections 
TS = Traditional Surrogate – uses her egg and has a genetic link to baby
US or U/S = Ultrasound
Vbac = Vaginal Delivery after C-Section 

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