ultrasound a painless,
harmless test that uses sound waves to produce images of the organs and structures of the
body on a screen. Also called sonography.
umbilical cord connected to
the placenta and provides the transfer of nutrients and waste between the woman and the
urinalysis a test that looks
at urine to find out its content. Can be used to detect some types of diseases.
urinary tract infection an infection
anywhere in the urinary tract, or organs that collect and store urine and release it from
your body (the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra). An infection occurs when
microorganisms, usually bacteria from the digestive tract, cling to the urethra (opening
to the urinary tract) and begin to multiply.
During the birthing process, a woman's uterus tightens, or contracts. Contractions
can be strong and regular (meaning that they can happen every 5 minutes, every 3 minutes,
and so on) during labor until the baby is delivered. Women can have contractions before
labor starts; these are not regular and do not progress, or increase in intensity or
uterine fibroids common,
benign (noncancerous) tumors that grow in the muscle of the uterus, or womb. Fibroids
often cause no symptoms and need no treatment, and they usually shrink after menopause.
But sometimes fibroids cause heavy bleeding or pain, and require treatment.
uterus a woman's womb, or the
hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen between the bladder and the