The definitions provided are on relevant terms and topics that may help readers better understand sexual and reproductive health. These definitions are not meant to be comprehensive to the given term.

Abortion: the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.

Contraceptions: the deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation by any of various drugs, techniques, or devices; birth control.

Family Planning: the practice of controlling the number of children in a family and the intervals between their births, particularly by means of artificial contraception or voluntary sterilization.

Gender Identity: a person’s perception of having a particular gender, which may or may not correspond with their birth sex.

Burwell v Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court case that ruled in favor of family-owned corporations to forgo paying for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act.

Infertility: not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren

Menstruation: the periodic discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the uterus,occurring approximately monthly from puberty to menopause in non-pregnant women and females of other primate species.

Pro-Choice: advocating legalized abortion

Pro-Life: opposing abortion and euthanasia

Reproductive Health: the diseases, disorders and conditions that affect the functioning of the male and female reproductive systems during all stages of life.

Sexual Health: a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality

Sexual Orientation: a person’s sexual identity in relation to whom they feel are attracted to; a fluid spectrum of varying identities.

Sexuality: sexual character; possession of the structural and functional traits of sex.

Sexual Education: instruction on issues relating to human sexuality, including emotional relations and responsibilities, human sexual anatomy, sexual activity, sexual reproduction, age of consent, reproductive health, reproductive rights, safe sex, birth control and sexual abstinence.

Sexual Identity: how one thinks of oneself in terms of to whom one is romantically or sexually attracted

T.R.A.P. Laws: Targeted Regulations of Abortions Providers laws

Women’s Health: the health of women which has a wide range of specialties and focus areas, such as: birth control, gynecology, menopause, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and etc.