Birth Control Permanent Methods Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Anesthesia: Loss of feeling or awareness, as when an anesthetic is administered before sur...

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Birth control: Birth control is the use of any practices, methods, or devices to prevent p...

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Breastfeeding: Feeding a child human breast milk. According to the American Academy of Ped...

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Catheter: A thin, flexible tube.

Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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Ectopic: In the wrong place, out of place. For example, an ectopic kidney is a kidney that...

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Ectopic pregnancy: A pregnancy that is not in the uterus. The fertilized egg settles and g...

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Ejaculate: To ejaculate is to release semen during an orgasm in a male.

Electrocoagulation: The coagulation (clotting) of tissue using a high-frequency electrical...

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Electrocoagulation: A procedure that uses an electrical current to stop bleeding.

Fallopian tube: One of the two Fallopian tubes that transport the egg from the ovary to th...

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Fertilization: The process of combining the male gamete, or sperm, with the female gamete,...

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Hysterectomy: An operation to remove the uterus. Hysterectomies are most commonly performe...

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Implant: 1. To embed; to set in firmly. In embryology, the fertilized egg implants ...

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Implantation: The act of setting in firmly.

Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

Laparoscopic: 1. Pertaining to the procedure of laparoscopy.
2. Pert...

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Laparoscopy: A type of surgery in which small incisions are made in the abdominal wall thr...

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Laparotomy: An operation to open the abdomen. For example, laparotomy is used to remove ca...

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Libido: 1. Sexual drive. 2. In psychoanalysis, the psychic energy from all ...

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Menstrual: Pertaining to menstruation (the menses), as in last menstrual period, menstrua...

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Menstrual cycle: The monthly cycle of changes in the ovaries and the lining of the uteru...

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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Navel: The umbilicus, the former site of attachment of the umbilical cord, usually found i...

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Outpatient: A patient who is not hospitalized, but instead comes to a physician?s office, ...

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Postpartum: The period just after delivery, as with postpartum depression. Postpartum refe...

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Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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Pregnant: The state of carrying a developing fetus within the body.

Semen: The fluid that is released through the penis during orgasm. Semen is made up of flu...

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Sperm: A sperm is the male "gamete" or sex cell. It combines with the female &qu...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Suture: 1. A type of joint between the bones of the skull where the bones are held ...

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Testicles: The testicles (also called testes or gonads) are the male sex glands. They are ...

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Tubes: The "tubes" are medically known as the Fallopian tubes. There are two Fallopian tub...

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Uterus: A hollow, pear-shaped organ that is located in a woman's lower abdomen, between th...

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Vagina: The muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is ...

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Vas deferens: The tube that connects the testes with the urethra. The vas deferens is a co...

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Vasectomy: A surgical procedure designed to make a man sterile by cutting or blocking both...

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X-ray: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-ray is used...

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