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Sexual Health & Pregnancy

Glossary of Sexual Health Terms
  • pelvis cervix: The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. The cervix connects the vagina (birth canal) to the upper part of the uterus. The uterus (or womb) is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant.

  • contaminated needles: are ones that have been used by other people and can transmit any diseases those people had. If you need clean syringes for any reason, go to one of the NYS Authorized Syringe Exchange Locations.

  • fallopian tubes: are the tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus

  • flu-like symptoms: can include fever or feeling feverish/chills cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue (tiredness)

  • genitals: the organs of the reproductive system: penis and testicles for men, vulva, vagina and uterus for women.

  • infection: germs (bacteria, viruses, or parasites) present in the body. Infection may or may not result in illness.

  • PAP smear: a simple test done for women during a routine pelvic exam which can detect early cancer or early changes in the cervix that can become cancer if untreated; regular pap smears are recommended for women over age 21.

  • sexually transmitted infections (also called STIs or STDs): A sexually transmitted disease or infection (STI) is an infection you can get during vaginal, oral or anal sex or by touching each other's genitals.

This page includes material from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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Health Bulletin #90: How to Prevent Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections