Sexual Dictionary - letter H

HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)
the hormone produced by the placenta in early pregnancy. This hormone prolongs the lifespan of the corpus luteum as well as stimulates production of progesterone, another hormone essential to maintain the pregnancy. HCG is the hormone pregnancy tests look for.
Haploid
a single set of chromosomes, half the full set of genetic material, present in the egg and spermatozoon. Human beings have 23 chromosomes in their reproductive cells. Compare diploid.
Hardcore
extremely explicit or graphic.
Hedonist
person motivated by desires for pleasures and the avoidance of pain.
Hematology
medical specialty that studies the blood, blood producing organs, and blood disorders.
Hematoma
a localized swelling filled with blood resulting from a break in a blood vessel.
Hematospermia
the presence of blood in the seminal fluid. Causes are slightly known. Seminal fluid originates from multiple organs, including :
Any infections or inflammation of these organs may cause occurrence of blood in seminal fluids.
Hematuria
the presence of blood in the urine. The blood could visible to the naked eye or could be visible only under a microscope. Hematuria is a sign that something is causing bleeding in the urogenital system: the kidneys, the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder (ureters), the prostate gland (in men), the bladder, or the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body (urethra). Causes of this condition could be various : kidney and bladder stones, kidney disease, some medications, trauma, tumors and/or cancer in the urinary system, urinary tract blockages, viral infections of the urinary tract and sexually transmitted diseases, some rare diseases and genetic disorders.
Hemoglobin
iron-protein contained within red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body tissues. Hemoglobin is responsible for the color of red blood cells.
Hemolysis
the destruction of red blood cells with the release of hemoglobin into the surrounding fluid.
Hemophilia
any of several hereditary blood-coagulation disorders in which the blood fails to clot normally because of a deficiency or abnormality of one of the clotting factors.
Hemorrhage
excessive or uncontrollable discharge of blood from the blood vessels. Abundant bleeding.
Hemorrhoids
a mass of dilated veins in swollen anal tissue. When occur inside the rectum below the anus lining are called internal hemorrhoids, when occur near the anus they are called external hemorrhoids. Both can cause itching, pain or bleeding if the they are ruptured. There is no known cause although it is considered that diet is a factor.
Hemostasis
hemo - blood + stasis - stopping of flow. The ceases of bleeding due to coagulation.
Hentai
sexually explicit animation or comics.
Hepatic
of, relating to, or resembling the liver.
Hepatitis
inflammation of the liver, having viral cause or caused by toxic agents, and characterized by jaundice, fever, liver enlargement, and abdominal pain.
Hepatitis A
hepatitis caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is an acute infection and does not progress to cirrhosis. Hepatitis A it is spread mainly via feces and contaminated food and water. There is a safe vaccine for HAV.
Hepatitis B
hepatitis caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Can progress to chronic hepatitis. Hepatitis B it is spread primarily through the exchange of bodily fluid, unscreened blood transfusion, unprotected sexual intercourse with infected partners, shared infected needles, and from an infected mother to her newborn during the delivery process. A safe vaccine for HBV is available but there's no cure.
Hepatitis C
hepatitis caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Progresses to chronic hepatitis in the majority of infections, and may ultimately lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. Hepatitis C it is spread primarily by contact with infected blood (unscreened blood transfusion or exposure to infected blood or infected blood products) including through shared infected needles used for injection of an illicit drug and from an infected mother to her newborn during the delivery process. There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C.
Hepatitis D
hepatitis caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV). Hepatitis D can occur either as co-infection (occurs simultaneously) with hepatitis B infection or as a superinfection in persons with existing chronic hepatitis B infection.
Hepatitis E
hepatitis caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV). It is an acute infection and does not progress to cirrhosis. Hepatitis E it is spread mainly via feces and contaminated food and water.
Hepatitis virus
the causative agent of viral hepatitis. Can be hepatitis virus :
  • type A (HAV), also called infectious hepatitis virus
  • type B (HBV), also called serum hepatitis virus
  • type C (HCV)
  • type D (HDV), also called delta virus
  • type E (HEV)
Hereditary
something transmitted or capable of being transmitted genetically from parent to offspring genetically.
Heredity
the transmission of information from parent to offspring through genetically coded information - genes.
Hermaphrodite
one having both male and female sexual characteristics and reproductive organs. Also called androgyne.
Hernia
the protrusion of an organ or part of an organ through connective tissue or through a wall of the cavity in which it is normally enclosed. Also called rupture.
Heroin
a white, odorless, bitter crystalline compound, that is derived from morphine used as a narcotic. Its use leads to highly addiction. An over doze it is fatal. Its consuming it is illicit. Slang names include h, Harry, horse, stuff, junk, smack and scag.
Herpes simplex
the name of a virus, the causative agent of herpetic infection. There are herpes simplex virus :
  • type 1 (HSV - 1) - most often causes fluid-containing vesicles on the mouth, lips, or face but it can cause genital infections as well
  • type 2 (HSV - 2) - most often causes fluid-containing vesicles on the genitals and anus but it can also infect the mouth, lips, or face
Herpes simplex virus it is transmitted during outbreaks through skin-to-skin contact, unprotected sexual intercourse and from mother to the infant during vaginal delivery. There's no possibility of cure herpes simplex virus infection with currently available therapies.
Heterosexual
person sexually oriented only to persons of the opposite sex.
Heterosexuality
a sexual attraction to, or sexual relations with, persons of the opposite sex (woman - man).
It is a form of sexual orientation. Person having this kind of sexual behavior is named heterosexual.
High blood pressure
a cardiovascular disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high. The blood vessels become tight and constricted, forcing the heart to pump harder to move blood through body. These changes cause the blood to press on the vessel walls with greater force, which can damage blood vessels. Blood pressure is considered high if it is greater than 140 over 90 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury).
>Also called hypertension.
Hirsutism
the presence of excessive body and facial hair, especially in women, due to hormonal imbalance.
Histamine
a chemical present in cells throughout the body that is released during an allergic reaction and one of the substances responsible for the symptoms of inflammation.
HIV
acronym from Human Immunodeficiency Virus, a retrovirus that causes AIDS by infecting helper T cells of the immune system causing the marked reduction in their numbers. The weekned of the immune system leave body without defence against all the other infection. These infection caled opportunistic infections will lead to a long and progressive degradation of the body and a painful death. HIV it is transmitted primarily through bodily secretions as semen and vaginal secretions during unprotected sexual intercourse, infected blood especially during illicit intravenous drug use or by exposure to contaminated blood or blood products, resulting in a disease of the human immune system that is characterized by defect in cell-mediated immune response manifested by increased susceptibility to opportunistic infections and to certain rare cancers. There's no possibility of cure HIV infection with currently available therapies. Other inflammatory STD's like syphilis, gonorrhea and genital herpes enhance HIV transmission. HIV it is also called AIDS virus.
HIV test
a test to determine whether a person has HIV. Laboratory tests are performed on a sample of a person's blood to detect the presence or absence of antibodies to HIV. The presence of antibodies in an adult indicates that the person has been infected with the virus. The most commonly used test is the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent-Assay (ELISA). Usually two or three tests are performed to confirm whether a person has HIV. Many different tests are available.
Hives
a skin reaction in which red, itchy, and swollen areas appear, usually as an allergic reaction from eating certain foods or taking certain medications. Also called urticaria.
Holistic medicine
a healing philosophy that views a patient as a whole person, not just a disease or a collection of symptoms. Holistic medicine recognize that each person is an individual and attempt to treat the person from all point of view - body, mind and spirit. Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, economic dimensions as well as the nutritional, environmental, and lifestyle are considered.
Homeopathy
a therapeutic system of medicine that is based on the hypothesis of like cures like which means that a substance that can cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can cure similar symptoms in an unhealthy person. Homeopathy it is based on the principles of holistic medicine and aims to aid and stimulate the body's own defense and immune processes giving patients very dilute amounts of a substance that, in larger amounts, would produce similar symptoms to the illness being treated. Homeopathic medicines are derived from a variety of plants, animal materials and minerals. These medicines are prescribed to fit each individual's needs, given in much smaller and less toxic doses than traditional medications, and are used for both prevention and treatment.
Hominophobia
an abnormal and persistent fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against man.
Homophobia
fear of, aversion to, or discrimination and prejudice against homosexuality or homosexual lifestyle and culture.
Homosexual
person sexually attracted to members of own sex. Homosexual male is called gay-man and a homosexual woman is called gay-woman or lesbian. Usually are used terms of gay for a homosexual man and lesbian for a homosexual woman.
Homosexuality
(from gr. homos = same + lat. sexus = sex) : sexual attraction only to, or sexual relations only with persons of the same sex (man - man or woman - woman).
It is a form of sexual orientation. Person having that sexual behavior is called gay if is a man and lesbian if is a woman.
Hormonal imbalance
abnormal hormonal balance both in men and women. In women can be represented by deficiency or excess of estrogen or progesterone, dominance of estrogen, excess of androgens, deficiency of cortisol. In men can be represented by deficiency of testosterone or excess of estrogen.
Hormone
a chemical substance produced by one tissue and conveyed by the bloodstream to another to effect physiological activity. Hormones have the function of controlling body processes (such as growth or metabolism), which require several organs of the body to interact for a combined effect.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
a therapy that replaces the hormones that a woman's ovaries stop making at the time of menopause, easing symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness. HRT combines the female hormones estrogen and progesterone and is usually given in pill form. A recent study has found that HRT can increase a woman's risk for breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.
Horny
feeling a great sexual desire. Slang for sexually aroused.
Host
person on which or in which a parasitic organism lives. An infected person.
Human Growth Hormone
hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates growth of body tissues, especially skeletal and muscular tissues. Also called somatotropic hormone (STH).
Human chorionic gonadotropin
the pregnancy hormone. Hormone produced by the placenta that maintains the corpus luteum during pregnancy. Pregnancy tests look for presence of HCG in blood or urine in order to detect pregnancy.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
a virus of a group of Papillomavirus, certain types of which cause cutaneous and genital warts in humans. Other types are associated with severe cervical neoplasia and with anogenital and laryngeal carcinomas. Human Papilloma Virus it is also called warts virus. There is no vaccine or cure for infection with Human Papilloma Virus. Because infection with Human Papilloma Virus wide spread and because often both men and women can be infected with the virus and not know, it is very important to take precautions by practicing safer sex
Hydrocele
a pathological accumulation of serous fluid in a bodily cavity, especially in the scrotum.
Hygiene
1) the science or principles of health and the prevention of illness and maintenance of health .
2) practices, such as body washing that help ensure cleanliness.
Hymen
a membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely covers the orifice of the vagina of a girl or of a woman. It is located outside the vagina. The hymen can have many shapes :
  • annular the hymen forms a ring around the vaginal opening
  • septate the hymen has one or more bands extending across the vaginal opening
  • cribriform the hymen stretches completely across the vaginal opening, but looks shot full of holes
  • imperforate the hymen has no opening, the vaginal opening is completely covered
  • parous introitus the hymen is a fleshy irregular outline decorating its perimeter. Refers to the vaginal opening which has had a baby pass through it
Some girl are born with no hymen at all, while others have overly thick hymens that may require a surgical procedure called a hymenotomy in order to prevent pain for the woman during sex. The tissue of the hymen is generally very thin and delicate prior to puberty. Any activity that places tension on the hymeneal tissues may stretch or tear it. As a result, many girls and teens tear or otherwise dilate their hymen while engaging in physical activities such sports, inserting and removing tampons, and while masturbating. For these and many other reasons, the hymen should not be used as evidence for or against one's chastity or virginity. hymen it is also called cherry or maidenhead.
Hymenotomy
surgical cutting of the hymen in order to permit the flow freely of the menstrual blood and other vaginal secretions or to prevent pain for the woman during sex.
Hyperglycemia
elevated blood sugar levels.
Hyperlactation
continuance of lactation beyond the normal period.
Hypermastia
an excessive enlargement of breasts.
Hypersecretion
excessive production of a bodily secretion.
Hypersexuality
an excessively interested or involved in sexual activity.
Hypertrophy
an increase in size of a tissue or organ due to an increase in cell size or number.
Hypoglycemia
an abnormally low level of sugar in the blood.
Hypomastia
an abnormally small breast in woman.
Hypomenorrhea
decreased amount or duration of menstrual flow from what is normal for that woman. Can occur caused by an overactive thyroid function (hyperthyroidism), kidney diseases or usage of oral contraceptive.
Hypophysis
see pituitary gland.
Hypospadias
an abnormally development of the urethra in which a part of the urethral canal is open on the undersurface of the penis or on the perineum.
Hypothalamus
a very important area of the brain that lies below the thalamus, which regulates through several important centers endocrine activity as well as somatic functions as body temperature, thirst, appetite, water balance, and sexual function. It is also closely connected with emotional activity and sleep, and functions as a center for the integration of hormonal and autonomic nervous activity through its control of secretions of the pituitary gland. Hypothalamus controls pituitary gland having a very important role in normal menstrual cycle - ovulation and menstruation.
Hypothyroidism
pathological condition resulting in insufficient production of thyroid hormones due to under active thyroid gland.
Hysterectomy
an operation to remove the uterus.
Hysteria
1) wild, uncontrolled excitement or other feelings.
2) a mental disorder in which anxiety is converted into physical symptoms such as paralysis or a sensory deficit that have no physical basis.
Hysteroscopy
visual examination of the uterus and uterine lining using an endoscope inserted through the vagina.