How to Use a Condom 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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Ejaculation: Ejection of sperm and seminal fluid during an orgasm in a male.

Emergency contraception: The prevention of pregnancy after unprotected vaginal intercourse...

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Expiration date: The date for a drug estimated for its shelf life with proper storage in s...

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Female condom: Although the word "condom" usually conjures up the male condom, there is a ...

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Fingernail: A fingernail is produced by living skin cells in the finger. A fingernail cons...

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Flush: (1) A redness of the skin, typically over the cheeks or neck. A flush is usually ...

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Foreskin: The fold of skin which covers the head (the glans) of the penis. Also called th...

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

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Herpes: A family of viruses. Herpes also refers to infection with one of the human herpesv...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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

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Lubricant: An oily or slippery substance. A vaginal lubricant may be helpful for women who...

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Male condom: The male condom is a sheath placed over the erect penis before penetration, p...

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

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Prophylactic: A preventive measure. The word comes from the Greek for "an advance guard," ...

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

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Sexually transmitted disease: Any disease transmitted by sexual contact; caused by microo...

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Sexually transmitted infection: An infection that can be transferred from one person to an...

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STD: Sexually transmitted disease.

Substance: 1. Material with particular features.
2. The material that...

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

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Tear: A drop of the salty secretion of the lacrimal glands which serves to moisten the con...

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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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