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unexplained infertility - see idiopathic infertility

unicornuate uterus - an abnormality in which the uterus is "one-sided" and smaller than usual

uterine fibroids - see fibroids

uterus - the hollow, muscular organ in the woman that holds and nourishes the fetus until the time of birth

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vaginal ultrasound - a technique used to view the follicles, fetus, and other soft tissues by projecting sound waves through a probe inserted into the vagina

varicocele - a collection of varicose veins in the scrotum which causes blood to flow in an abnormal direction towards the testicles

vas deferens - a pair of thick-walled tubes about 45 centimeters long in the male that lead from the epididymis to the ejaculatory duct in the prostate; the ducts make wave-like contractions to propel sperm forward

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zygote - a fertilized egg (embryo) in the early stages of development

zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT) - the surgical transfer of a zygote (fertilized egg) into a fallopian tube one day after fertilization

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