Glossary Overview

Find out about some important fertility terms.

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Menopause

A natural biologic event, which represents the permanent cessation of menses resulting from loss of ovarian follicular function.

Menstruation

Shedding of the uterine lining by bleeding, which (in the absence of pregnancy) normally occurs about once a month in the mature female.

Micromanipulation

A variety of techniques that can be performed in a laboratory under a microscope. An embryologist manipulates egg and sperm to improve the chances of pregnancy. (See also Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, ICSI.)

Miscarriage

Spontaneous loss of a viable embryo or fetus in the womb.

Morphology

The physical structure and configuration of sperm cells.

Motility

The ability of sperm to swim. Poor motility means the sperm have a difficult time swimming toward the egg.

Myomectomy

A procedure in which uterine fibroids are surgically removed from the uterus.

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