Glossary Of Terms

Fertility and infertility, third party reproduction and egg donation are all complex topics with numerous terms and phrases that aren’t common knowledge. View this glossary of some of the most common terms our clients hear.

  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART): general term for infertility procedures using both eggs and sperm.
  • Donor Eggs: eggs retrieved from a fertile woman to be used by an individual or couple trying to achieve pregnancy.
  • Egg Donor: a fertile woman who is donating her eggs to be used by an individual or couple trying to achieve pregnancy.
  • Gametes: sperm or egg cells which can be used in reproduction.
  • Gestational Carrier: is a type of third party reproduction in which a woman carries a pregnancy for an individual or couple where her eggs are not used to create the embryo (also referred to as a gestational surrogate).
  • Intended Parent (IP): the individual or couple who will receive the donated egg, sperm, embryo and raise any children resulting from the use of the donated tissue.
  • Intended Recipient: another way to denote the intended parent(s) who will raise any children resulting from the use of donated tissue.
  • Superovulation: stimulating the ovaries with hormones to cause them to produce multiple eggs.
  • Third Party Preproduction: is the use of eggs, sperm, or embryos that are donated by a third person to enable an infertile individual or couple to become parents.