Tubes connected to the uterus and positioned near the ovaries. It is here that fertilisation of the egg and sperm occurs.
Sperm penetrating the egg which can lead to pregnancy.
The ability to conceive a baby and to become pregnant.
Fertility drugs can be used in the treatment of some patients who have been trying to get pregnant but have been unable to do so naturally.
Fertility MOTs assess your ovarian reserve (the number and quality of eggs) by testing for two hormones: follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH). The tests can give some indication of how fertile a woman is although the results are not guaranteed.
Preserving your fertility involves freezing your eggs, sperm, embryos or reproductive tissue so that you can hopefully have a biological family in the future.
See assisted reproductive technology.
Non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb. You can have one fibroid or many, and they can be of different sizes. Fibroids are sometimes known as uterine myomas or leiomyomas.
A fluid filled sac in the ovary in which an egg grows and develops.
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
A gonadotrophic hormone that stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles in the ovary before the release of an egg from one follicle at ovulation. In males it can also stimulate sperm production.
A series of ultrasound scans to follow the development of a follicle to see if an egg is developing.
A cycle in which a patient has eggs collected with the intention of freezing them for use in future treatment.
Fresh embryo transfer
A fresh embryo transfer is one that occurs soon after egg collection.
Frozen embryo transfer
Embryos frozen for use at a later date or in future cycles.