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Glossary

Definitions of medical terms and reference information related to PCOS.

Bioidentical Hormones
Recently, the use of bioidentical hormones instead of traditional hormone replacement therapy has become popular. Read more about bioidentical hormones here.

Glycemic Index
Many diets promote eating foods according to their glycemic index. But what is the glycemic index? Get more information here.

Cul-de-sac

SNRIs

SSRI

Subcutaneous

DHEAS

DHEA

Acanthosis nigricans

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)

Amenorrhea

Androgenic Alopecia

Anovulation

Antidiuretic Hormone

Antral Follicle Count

Assisted Hatching (AH)

Bartholin Glands

Calcitonin

Cervix

Clitoris

Clomid

Corpus Luteum

Egg Follicle

Embryo

Endometrium

Fallopian Tubes

Fertilization

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Glucose

Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone

Gonadotropins

Growth Hormone

Hirsutism

Human Menopausal Gonadotropin (HMG)

Infertility

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Introitus

Luteal Phase

Lutenizing Hormone (LH)

Metformin

Mons Pubis

Oligomenorrhea

Oligoovulation

Ovarian Cyst

Ovulation

Oxytocin

Parathyroid Hormone

Perineum

Sleep Apnea

Spironolactone

Stein-Leventhal Syndrome

Vaginal Vestibule

Virilization

Vulva
The vulva is the entire external female genitalia. Learn more about the vulva here.

Hormone
Hormones are involved in nearly every part of our survival. Get the full definition of hormone here.

Ovum
You may hear the word ovum as you start infertility treatment. Get the definition of ovum here.

Oocyte
Oocyte is a common term that you may hear in the course of infertility treatment. Get the full definition of oocyte here.

Acrochordons
Acrochordons are very common in women with PCOS. Get the full definition of acrochordons here.

Endometrial Hyperplasia
Endometrial hyperplasia is a condition of abnormal endometrial growth. Get the full definition of endometrial hyperplasia here.

Androgenic
Androgenic is a term that you might hear in association with PCOS. Learn the definition of androgenic here.

5 Alpha Reductase
5 alpha reductase is a key enzyme involved in the breakdown of testosterone in the more active form, DHT, or dihydrotestosterone. Learn more about 5 alpha reductase here.

Sugaring
Sugaring is a method of hair removal that can be done quite easily at home. Read on for a full description of sugaring and how it can be used for hair removal.

Polycystic
Having polycystic ovaries is a classic symptom in women with PCOS. What does the word polycystic actually mean? Get the definition of polycystic here.

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