Menopause Glossary of Terms
Uterus: The small, hollow, pear-shaped organ in a woman's pelvis. This is the organ in which a fetus develops. Also called the womb.
Vagina: The tube that joins the cervix (the lower part of uterus, or womb) to the outside of the body. It is also known as the birth canal.
Vaginal dryness: Inadequate lubrication of the vagina that can be caused by low estrogen levels, medication, or lack of sexual arousal.
Vaginal lubricant: A moisturizing product used to treat vaginal dryness.
Very-low-dose birth control: Birth control pills that contain less estrogen than regular birth control pills.
Vitamin D: A vitamin that enables the body to absorb calcium.
Weight-bearing exercise: Exercise during which bones and muscles work against the force of gravity and the feet and legs carry a person's weight. Examples include walking, jogging, and dancing.
Women's health specialist: A doctor specializing in women's health issues.
X-ray: High-energy radiation used in low doses to diagnose diseases and used in high doses to treat cancer. X-rays use high-energy radiation in low doses to create images of the body to help diagnose diseases and determine the extent of injuries.
Yeast infections (vaginal): Infections of the vagina caused by one of the many species of fungus called Candida.