Glossary Overview

Find out about some important fertility terms.

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Inflammatory disease of the pelvis (usually caused by infection) that can lead to scarring and infertility.

Pituitary Gland

The gland located at the base of the brain that secretes a number of important hormones that regulate fertility, as well as normal growth and development of the body.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

The formation of cysts in the ovaries that occurs when the follicle stops developing. This is due to a hormonal imbalance in the ovary.

Post-Coital Test (PCT)

A test to determine whether the sperm can move properly through the cervical mucus.

Progesterone

The hormone produced by the corpus luteum during the second half of a woman's cycle. It thickens the lining of the uterus to prepare it to accept implantation of a fertilized egg.

Prostate

The gland in the male that supplies some of the seminal fluid, and prepares the urethra for the passage of sperm.

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