Glossary

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In researching endometriosis and other women’s health conditions, you may find that medical jargon is sometimes used. Additionally, there are many incorrect definitions floating around out there. We’ve created a glossary of terms so you can have all of the definitions you need in one handy location! Add this page to your favourites or print it out and keep it with your other resources. You may even want to  bring it with you to doctor’s appointments!
If there is a term you don’t see that you would like added, please contact us with the term and definition.
Ablation –

Adenomyosis –

Adhesion –

Auto-immune disorder – 

Birth control – 

Cauterization –

Chronic pain – 

Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) – 

Chocolate cyst –

Cyst –

Cystoscopy –

Danzanol –

Danocrine – 

Depo-provera –

Dioxin –

Dyspareunia –

Electrosurgery –

Elmiron –

Endocet –

Endometriosis –

Endometrium – the tissue that lines the uterus. Once the fertilized egg divides to become an embryo, this embryo normally becomes implanted in the endometrium. 

Estradiol – 

Estrogen – 

Excision –

Fallopian tubes –

Fibroids –

Hysterectomy – 

Interstitial cystitis (IC) – 

Infertility – 

Inflammation –

Invisible illness –

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) –

Itra-Uterine Device (IUD) –

Laparotomy –

Laparoscopy –

Lesion – 

Lupron – 

Menstruation – 

Menopause –

Narcotics – 

Nerve block – 

Neuropathic pain – 

NSAIDs –

Opiates – 

Oral contraceptives –

Ovary –

Ovarian cyst –

Ovarian remnant –

Painful bladder syndrome (PBS) – IC

Pain mapping –

Pelvic congestion –

Pelvic floor dysfunction –

Pelvic inflammatory disease –

Phytoestrogens –

Progesterone –

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – 

Pudendal nerves –

Retrograde menstruation –

Scar tissue –

Streak ovary – 

Testosterone – 

Transvaginal Sonogram –

Ultrasound –

Uterine retroversion –

Uterus –

Vaginismus –

Visanne –

Vulva –

Vulvodynia –

Wide excision –

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