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Terms related to Fertility and Pregnancy

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There are 10 names in this directory beginning with the letter E.
A serious complication of pregnancy, characterized by seizures. It is the more severe form of preeclampsia.
Ectopic Pregnancy
When an embryo implants outside the uterus.
Egg donation
When a woman provides her eggs to help an infertile woman. The donor's ovaries are stimulated by drugs to produce extra eggs, which are surgically removed, fertilized, and then implanted in the recipient's uterus.
The name given to the fertilized ovum until eight weeks after conception.
Endodermal germ layer
Also known as the endoderm or entoderm, this inner layer of cells in the embryo eventually develops into the digestive tract, respiratory organs, genitals, bladder, and urethra.
A painful condition in which tissue from the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus.
The tissue lining the inside of the uterus.
A type of anesthesia used to relieve pain during delivery. The catheter is placed in the epidural space in the vertebra area in the mother's back.
This tiny device this is planted in the fallopian tubes in an effective, permanent form of birth control called an hysteroscopic sterilization. Essure is hormone-free and can be placed during a procedure done in the doctor's office and without the need for general anesthesia. Each woman receives two Essure devices. Afterwards, some women have problems which can include changes in their monthly period, pain in the lower belly, or allergic reactions to the metal in the coil.
A hormone produced in the ovaries that works with progesterone to regulate menstruation.