Though the topic may not come up daily in discussions, fertility and family planning are important parts of life. More and more fertility and having babies has become a common topic of discussion for people in the United States and other countries. When a person or couple wants to have a baby, there are now many different options to help them create a family. Therefore it’s important to know some key vocabulary words:
Fertility – Fertility means the ability to conceive children or young. In many cases, we talk about fertility for both men and women, which means the ability for both men and women to conceive a child.
(In vitro fertilization) IVF – IVF is a complex series of procedures used to help with fertility or prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child. During IVF, mature eggs are collected (retrieved) from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab.
Conception: Conception is the process in which a woman’s egg is fertilized, and she becomes pregnant.
Treatment – A treatment is a session of medical care or the administration of a dose of medicine. In fertility, sometimes women and men go through treatments to help them conceive of a child.
Clinic – A clinic is a location where patients are given medical treatment or advice. A clinic can be at a hospital or someplace else like a shopping mall or in an office building. Often, fertility treatments are given in clinics.
Ovulation Tracking – Ovulation tracking is a process that helps women learn when they are most likely to ovulate and produce an egg. Tracking can be done through many methods now.
Vitamins – Vitamins are substances that our bodies need to develop and function normally. Vitamins are found in food but can also be taken separately in pills, for example.
App – An App is a software application, often a small, specialized program for mobile devices.
These are just a few words you’d need to know to discuss fertility. Here are some more links to find out more!
There are many sites to learn more about this topic:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fertility – Wikipedia provides some high-level and research-backed information about fertility.
https://fertilefacts.com/ – FertileFacts is an upcoming website dedicated to finding fertility products that can help you learn even more vocabulary!
https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/infertility – The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child and Human Development is a great place to learn more about the latest science!
https://finvsfin.com/fertility-reviews/ – FinvsFin is a comprehensive review site of the latest Direct-to-Consumer brands. Read through the reviews to learn some great additional vocabulary!
https://www.webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-understanding-fertility-ovulation – WebMD is a great resource for learning more about any health-related topic.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/female-fertility/art-20045887 – The MayoClinic is one the best health centers in the United States, and they have a great article on pregnancy and fertility. Read to learn more!