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adhesions Bands of scar tissue attached to organ surfaces and capable of connecting, covering, or distorting organs, such as tubes, ovaries or uterus.
AID (artificial insemination, donor) A procedure introducing sperm from an anonymous donor into a woman's uterus in order to achieve a pregnancy.
AIH (artificial insemination, husband or homologous) A special insemination procedure used to introduce sperm collected from a woman's partner into the woman's uterus. Also referred to as intrauterine insemination (IUI).
antisperm antibodies Antibodies that may be produced by either a female or male which may damage sperm or cause them to adhere to each other, thus limiting their fertility potential.
azoospermia The absence of sperm in the ejaculate.
cervical mucus Mucus produced by the cervix which changes in thickness and quantity at the time of ovulation.
cervix The lower section of the uterus which protrudes into the vagina and serves as a passageway for sperm into the uterus.
Corpus Luteum A structure in the ovary that develops after the egg is released, which secretes progesterone.
cryopreservation The preservation of sperm or embryos by freezing, usually by immersion in liquid nitrogen.
endometriosis The presence of endometrial tissue in abnormal locations, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries and abdominal cavity. The condition frequently causes pain and discomfort during menstruation, or even chronic pelvic pain, and may also cause infertility.
endometrium The inner lining of the uterus.
estrogen The primary female hormone produced mainly by the ovaries from puberty to menopause.
fallopian tube The tube that connects the uterus and ovary. It allows the egg to pass from the ovary to the uterus and the spermatozoa from the uterus toward the ovary.
fibroids Smooth muscle tumors of the muscular wall of the uterus which are almost always benign but may cause infertility or recurrent miscarriages.
follicle A cystic structure in the ovary which contains and nurtures the ovum (egg). It enlarges to a diameter of 18 - 28 mm (3/4 - 1 inch) before ovulation, at which point it releases the egg.
FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) A hormone that recruits and then stimulates growth of the follicle in the ovary, as well as the formation of spermatozoa in the testes.
GIFT (gamete i