OBGYN Glossary

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

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Ultrasound
Ultrasound refers to a number of tests involving the use of waves of sound to create pictures of the human body’s insides. One of the primary uses for ultrasound is to view the fetus inside the mother’s uterus.

Umbilical Cord
Forming naturally during pregnancy, the umbilical cord connects the fetus to the placenta and provides nourishment.

Ureters
Ureters are the tubes leading from the kidney to the bladder. In humans, there are two ureters, one leading from each kidney.

Urethra
The urethra carries urine from the bladder out of the body. It is a small, short, narrow tube.

Urethral Diverticulum (UD)
A urethral diverticulum is a small pocket that bulges out of the wall of the urethra, repeatedly getting filled with urine during the process of urination. It commonly occurs in women between the ages of 40 and 70.

Urethritis
This is the common term for any infection of the short, narrow tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body.

Urinalysis
This is a blanket term for tests done on urine samples.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
These infections affect the bladder and urethra. They can often be painful.

Urine
Urine is a liquid, made up of waste, water, and salt, removed from the blood and excreted by the body through urination.

Uterine Fibroids
Occurring mainly towards the end of reproductive life, uterine fibroids are smooth muscle tumors that occur in the uterus. They are benign in nature, though are usually present with heavy periods. Black females suffer uterine fibroids more often than other ethnicities.

Uterine Prolapse
This occurs when the uterus falls through the vaginal vault, into the vagina or even out of the vaginal opening.

Uterus
The uterus is what is referred to as the womb. It is located in a woman’s lower abdomen, between the bladder and the rectum, and is where a baby is carried to term.

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