Abortifacient: A drug, herb, or device that can cause an abortion.
Abortion: The termination of pregnancy before birth.
Abstinence: Withholding sex for a period of time.
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome): A set of conditions associated with the last stages of HIV disease.
Chlamydia: A common sexually transmitted organism that can cause sterility in women and men.
Ectopic Pregnancy: A life-threatening pregnancy that develops outside the uterus, often in a fallopian tube.
Embryo: The organism that develops from the pre-embryo and begins to share the woman’s blood supply about nine days after fertilization.
Fertilization:The joining of an egg and sperm.
Fetus: The organism that develops from the embryo at the end of about seven weeks of pregnancy and receives nourishment through the placenta.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus): Any of 90 different types of infection, some of which may cause genital warts. Others may cause cancer of the cervix, vulva, or penis.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus): An infection that weakens the body’s ability to fight disease and can cause AIDS.
Implantation: The attachment of the pre-embryo to the lining of the uterus.
LMP: Last Menstrual Period
Menstrual Cycle: The time from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period; a repeating pattern of fertility and infertility.
Ovulation: The time when an ovary releases an egg.
Pap Test: A procedure used to examine the cells of the cervix in order to detect infection and hormonal conditions. It can also detect precancerous and cancerous cells.
Parental Consent: Requirement that one or both parents give written permission for a minor child to receive medical attention or to enter into a legal contract.
Prenatal: previous to birth or to giving birth
STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease): A sexually transmitted infection that has developed symptoms
Transvaginal Ultrasound: a probe is inserted into the vagina to detect a fetal heartbeat and images in the early stages of pregnancy.
Ultrasound: The use of ultrasonic waves for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, specifically to image an internal body structure, monitor a developing fetus, or generate localized deep heat to the tissues.
Virginity: Never having had sexual intercourse