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Essential Guide to Surrogacy Terms: A Glossary for Intended Parents

Welcome to the world of surrogacy, a journey filled with hope and new beginnings for aspiring parents. In this path to parenthood, knowledge is your most valuable asset. The language of surrogacy, brimming with specialized terms and acronyms, can seem like a foreign dialect at first. 

This guide aims to bridge that gap, providing you with a clear understanding of key terms you'll encounter. From the intricacies of IVF to the roles of gestational carriers, our comprehensive glossary is tailored to enlighten and guide intended parents through every step of their surrogacy adventure. Let's embark on this journey together, armed with the knowledge to navigate this transformative experience with ease and confidence.

Understanding Surrogacy: Key Terms Explained

Surrogacy is a unique and intricate process that involves multiple parties and a range of medical, legal, and emotional considerations. At its core, surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman, known as a surrogate or gestational carrier, carries and delivers a child for another person or couple, referred to as the intended parents. The journey includes various steps - from choosing the right surrogacy agency to understanding the medical procedures and legalities involved. 

As intended parents, you will encounter a myriad of terms and abbreviations, each playing a crucial role in the surrogacy process. Whether it's learning about IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) techniques, navigating the legal contracts with your surrogate, or understanding the implications of genetic screening, each term provides deeper insight into the steps and decisions you will encounter. 

The Basics of Surrogacy

The surrogacy journey begins with understanding its fundamental concepts. This section covers five essential terms every intended parent should know.

  • IVF (In Vitro Fertilization): A vital process where an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body, often the first step in surrogacy.
  • GC (Gestational Carrier): The woman who carries the pregnancy for the intended parents.
  • IM (Intended Mother): The woman who plans to be the legal mother of the child.
  • IP (Intended Parents): The individual or couple who will become the child's legal parents.
  • EDD (Estimated Due Date): The expected birth date of the baby, is crucial for planning throughout the surrogacy journey.

These terms form the backbone of surrogacy, providing a solid foundation for intended parents to build their understanding.

Advanced Reproductive Technologies

As surrogacy evolves, so do the reproductive technologies that support it. This section is dedicated to explaining advanced techniques and procedures that play a significant role in modern surrogacy practices.

  • IUI (Intrauterine Insemination): A fertility treatment involving the placement of sperm directly into a woman's uterus, often a first step before IVF.
  • ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology): This encompasses all fertility treatments that involve handling eggs or embryos, including both IVF and IUI.
  • PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening): A procedure to test embryos for chromosomal normality before implantation, ensuring healthy development.
  • PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis): Used for detecting specific genetic conditions in embryos before they are transferred to the uterus.
  • FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer): The implantation of a cryopreserved embryo into the uterus, is a common step in many surrogacy journeys.
  • ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection): A specialized form of IVF where a single sperm is injected directly into an egg, enhancing fertilization chances.
  • NGS (Next-Generation Sequencing): A cutting-edge technology used for comprehensive embryo screening, offering detailed insights into genetic health.

These advanced reproductive technologies represent the pinnacle of fertility science, providing intended parents with a range of options to achieve their dream of parenthood.

Pregnancy and Medical Terms

Navigating the medical aspects of surrogacy involves understanding specific terms related to pregnancy and health. This section breaks down five important abbreviations that intended parents will frequently encounter.

  • HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin): A hormone crucial for pregnancy, often measured in early tests to confirm pregnancy.
  • US (Ultrasound): A non-invasive imaging technique used to monitor the development of the fetus throughout the pregnancy.
  • OHSS (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome): A potential side effect of fertility treatments, especially IVF, that intended parents should be aware of.
  • BMI (Body Mass Index): A measure of body fat, often considered in evaluating the health of a gestational carrier.
  • LMP (Last Menstrual Period): Used to calculate the estimated due date (EDD) of the baby, a fundamental date in the surrogacy timeline.

Understanding these terms helps intended parents to better grasp the medical aspects of the surrogacy process, ensuring a more informed and reassuring journey.

Wrapping Up

As you embark on your surrogacy journey, being well-versed in its language is invaluable. This guide has covered essential terms and abbreviations, from the basics of IVF and the roles of gestational carriers to the intricacies of advanced reproductive technologies and medical considerations. 

Remember, this glossary is just the starting point. Continuous learning and consultation with medical and legal experts are key to navigating this path successfully. Surrogacy is a profound and life-changing journey, and with this knowledge, you're better equipped to embark on this beautiful path toward building your family.

If you're ready to take the next step or have any questions, contact Delivering Dreams for expert guidance and personalized support on your surrogacy journey. We are here to help you every step of the way.

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Under Ukrainian law, surrogacy is a legal affordable option for traditionally married couples to have children using their own embryos, or with either an egg or sperm donor. There must be a medical reason you can’t carry a child. You are also able to participate if you have had 4 unsuccessful IVF attempts.


Under Ukrainian law, surrogacy is a legal affordable option for traditionally married couples to have children using their own embryos, or with either an egg or sperm donor. There must be a medical reason you can’t carry a child. You are also able to participate if you have had 4 unsuccessful IVF attempts.