OBGYN Glossary

The following are a list of terms that may be used during the course of your OB/GYN care.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

B

Back Labor
This is simply defined as pain or difficulty in the lower back area.

Bacterial Vaginosis
This is when an overgrowth of organisms normally found in the vagina causes infection.

Bag of Water
The amniotic sac containing the fetus and placenta is sometimes referred to as the bag of water.

Barrier Methods
Barrier methods are the types of contraception (birth control) that prevent sperm from entering the female reproductive system. These include the condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, and vaginal sponge, as well as the use of spermicides in the form of creams, jellies, foams, and suppositories.

Benign
The opposite of malignant; non-cancerous growth.

Beta HCG
Beta HCG is the hormone used for pregnancy tests. Also referred to as B-HCG, increasing levels of this hormone point towards a healthy pregnancy.

Bilirubin
A substance contained in the blood, bilirubin’s levels are monitored in newborn babies. Light exposure is used as a treatment for high bilirubin levels.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
BHRT is a hormone replacement therapy using hormones that are molecularly identical to those already found in the body. It is sometimes referred to as bioidentical hormone therapy or natural hormone therapy.

Biological Therapy
Sometimes called immunotherapy, biological response modifier therapy, or simply biotherapy, biological therapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. It can also be used to lessen the side effects from chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments for cancer.

Biophysical Profile
The biophysical profile is the major test of fetal health. Fetal heart rate is measured through a non-stress test (NST). Breathing, body movement, muscle tone, and amniotic fluid levels are all measured by ultrasound. Passing these tests is a positive sign for fetal health.

Biopsy
A biopsy is a minor surgical procedure done for testing purposes. A small piece of tissue is removed for examination.

Bladder
A muscular organ, the bladder is where urine is stored. It can sometimes be pressured during pregnancy.

Blood Pressure
The force of the blood against the wall of the arteries, blood pressure can increase or decrease during pregnancy. Blood pressure is a common health test during doctor visits.

Bloody Show
When blood comes out in small amounts with contractions in early labor, this is referred to as a bloody show. Bloody showing is a sign that it is time to go to the hospital.

Braxton-Hicks Contractions
Occurring at the end of pregnancy, these are contractions that do not open the cervix. These contractions help to get the body prepared for true labor.

Breech
In this abnormal birth position, the buttocks or legs come into the birth canal first, instead of the head.

Bronchitis
Symptoms of this lung disease include shortness of breath and persistent coughing. It is usually not serious, but chronic bronchitis (in which it recurs regularly) can be a major health issue.

Bulimia
Bulimia is an eating disorder defined by binging and purging. A sufferer will eat a lot of food, and then purge it using vomiting or excessive laxative use.

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