Pregnancy glossary O - Ovarian stimulation to Oxytocin

Ovarian stimulation

The use of drugs to stimulate the ovaries to develop follicles and eggs.


Ovary

One of the two female reproductive organs in which eggs are formed.


Ovulation

The release of the egg (ovum) from the ovary. Ovulation usually occurs approximately 14 days before the next menstrual period is due.


Obstetrician

A medical doctor who has completed an additional, specialised training in obstetrics and gynecology.


Oocyte

The female reproductive cell, also called an egg or ovum.


Ovarian monitoring

The use of ultrasound and/or blood or urine tests to monitor the development of ovarian follicles.


Oxytocin

A hormone released by the pituitary gland that causes uterine contractions. Synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin) may be administered to induce labor.


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This article was written by Claire Halliday for Kidspot New Zealand.



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