Birth Control Spermicides Glossary of Terms

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

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Cervix: The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus, a hollow, ...

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Chlamydia: The agent of a sexually transmitted disease, a type of bacteria found in the ce...

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Conception: 1. The union of the sperm and the ovum. Synonymous with fertilization.
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Douche: Usually, a stream of water applied into the vagina for cleansing purposes. A douch...

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Douching: Using water or a medicated solution to clean the vagina and cervix or any other ...

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FDA: Food and Drug Administration.

Fertility: The ability to conceive and bear children, the ability to become pregnant throu...

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Food and Drug Administration: An agency within the US Public Health Service that provides ...

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Genetics: The scientific study of heredity. Genetics pertains to humans and all other orga...

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Gonorrhea: A bacterial infection that is transmitted by sexual contact. Gonorrhea is one o...

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Gynecology: The branch of medicine that is particularly concerned with the health of the f...

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HIV: Acronym for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the cause of AIDS (acquired immunodefi...

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Insertion: A chromosome abnormality that is due to insertion of a segment from one chromos...

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Intrauterine: In the uterus.

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Medicaid: A number of US programs of public assistance for persons whose income is insuffi...

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Obstetrics: The art and science of managing pregnancy, labor, and the puerperium (the time...

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Penis: The external male sex organ. The penis contains two chambers, the corpora cavernosa...

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Pharmacist: A professional who fills prescriptions and, in the case of a compounding pharm...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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

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Prophylaxis: The prevention of disease.

Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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Shock: In medicine, a critical condition that is brought on by a sudden drop in blood flow...

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

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Toxic shock: See Toxic shock syndrome.

Urinary: Having to do with the function or anatomy of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or ur...

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Urinary tract: The organs of the body that produce, store, and discharge urine. These orga...

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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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