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Glossary of Fertility Terms

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Uterus: The womb, the main female reproductive organ.

Varicocele: A varicose vein in the scrotum that may affect the quality and the production of sperm.

Vasectomy: A surgical procedure for men that prevents sperm from reaching the urethra, making him sterile.

Zygote: An early stage in the development of a fertilized egg.

Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT): An assisted reproductive technique similar to IVF that involves removing sperm and eggs, combining them outside the body, and inserting fertilized eggs into the fallopian tubes.

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Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on July 14, 2014

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