You might hear dozens of new scientific words and terms each time you happen to meet your doctor. Don’t worry. They are not as complicated as they sound to you.

Terms related to Fertility and Pregnancy

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There are 14 names in this directory beginning with the letter C.
Cerebral palsy
A disorder caused by a prenatal brain defect or brain injury during birth. It affects a child's ability to move, can result in seizures, and in some cases can lead to mental retardation or learning disabilities.
Cervical Mucus
Mucus produced by the cervix that increases in quantity as ovulation approaches.
Cervix
The lower portion of the uterus which extends into the vagina.
Cesarean section
Delivery of an infant through an incision in the abdominal and uterine walls.
Chemical pregnancy
An early loss that ends before the next period is due. There are usually no pregnancy symptoms, but a blood test can reveal small amounts of the pregnancy hormone HCG.
Chromosomes
The cellular structures that contain the genes.
Circumcision
Surgical removal of the foreskin from the penis.
Clomid
A fertility drug given to women to stimulate ovulation.
Colostrum
The milk secreted shortly before and for a few days after childbirth.
Conception
When a sperm and egg join to form a single cell, usually in the fallopian tubes. The fertilized egg travels into the uterus, where it implants in the lining.
Congenital
Present at birth.
Contraception
Methods to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant.
Contractions
The rhythmic tightening and relaxation of the uterine muscles that results in effacement and dilation of the cervix and the delivery of the baby. True labor contractions usually come in a regular pattern, gradually becoming closer together and increasing in intensity. The frequency of contractions is measured from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next contraction.
Cystic fibrosis
An inherited disorder that affects the respiratory and digestive systems.