Glossary Overview

Find out about some important fertility terms.

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Adhesion

The scar tissue that forms around reproductive organs following a previous injury, infection or surgery.

Amenorrhea

The absence of menstruation.

Androgen

Primarily a male sex hormone, found in the ovaries.

Anovulation

The total absence of ovulation.

Artificial Insemination (AI)

The depositing of sperm in the vagina near the cervix or directly into the uterus, with the use of a catheter instead of by sexual intercourse. This technique is used to overcome sexual performance problems, to avoid sperm-mucus interaction problems, to maximize the potential of poor semen and for using donor sperm.

Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

ART includes all fertility treatments in which both eggs and sperm are handled. In general, ART procedures involve surgically removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries, combining them with sperm in the laboratory, and returning them to the woman’s body or donating them to another woman. They do not include treatments in which only sperm are handled (e.g., intrauterine—or artificial—insemination) or procedures in which a woman takes medicine only to stimulate egg production without the intention of having eggs retrieved.

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