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Surrogacy Jargon: 9 Phrases You Should Know

When it comes to surrogacy, there are many acronyms and phrases that you should know. Understanding the jargon is actually easier than it seems with a little research. Here are 9 common surrogacy definitions to help you learn about surrogacy

IP: Intended parents. Typically, these are the 2 people that will contribute at least half of the genetic makeup for the child. The intended parents could consist of a heterosexual couple, 2 men, 2 women, or even a single parent.

ED: Egg donor. An egg donor refers to female genetic material in the form of an “egg” donated by a female. The egg donor can be either known or anonymous.

IVF: In vitro fertilization. This refers to the process of egg fertilization outside of the body in a lab. The fertilized egg is then placed inside the uterus to grow to term.

ET: Embryo transfer. The actual transfer and implant of the embryo inside the uterus.

GC or SM: Gestational carrier or surrogate mom. A gestational carrier or surrogate mom is the woman who will be implanted with the intended parents embryo and will then carry the baby to term.

PGD: Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. The genetic testing of the embryos before implantation occurs. The tests help reduce selective reduction by identifying genetic disease and disorders.

HSC: Hysteroscopy. A procedure that allows the doctor to look inside the uterus and look for potential issues.

FET: Frozen embryo transfer. The act of freezing embryos not immediately needed for later use.