Glossary

Hormone

A chemical produced by an endocrine gland that circulates through the blood and has a widespread affect throughout the body.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)

The hormone produced in early pregnancy that keeps the corpus luteum producing progesterone. Also used via injection to trigger ovulation after some fertility treatments, and used in men to stimulate testosterone production.

Hypogonadism

Inadequate ovarian or testicular function as shown by low sperm production or lack of follicle production, as well as low or absent levels of FSH and LH.

Hysterosalpingogram

An X-ray examination of the uterus and the fallopian tubes.

Hysteroscopy

A visual examination of the uterus using an instrument called a hysteroscope, which enables the doctor to see into the organ without making a large incision.

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