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Management of the Infertile Woman, by Helen Nelson Carcio, Helen A. Carcio

Management of the Infertile Woman

by Helen Nelson Carcio (Editor), Helen A. Carcio (Editor)

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Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 328pp. 
ISBN: 0781710448
Publisher: Lippincott-Raven Publishers 
Pub. Date: April 1998

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Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst. Comprehensive manual providing practical guidance on the assessment, diagnosis, and management of the infertile couple. Covers: basic anatomy and physiology, causes of infertility, genetic counseling, history taking, physical exam, laboratory tests, donor insemination, and more. Halftone illustrations. Softcover. DNLM: Infertility, Female.

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Reviewer: Jacqueline Hutcherson, MSN, CNM (East Carolina University)

Description: This book provides an in-depth discussion about the initial assessment, treatment, and management of the infertile couple.

Purpose: The purpose is to provide advanced practice clinicians the tools to evaluate the infertile woman and to work to help the infertile couple achieve pregnancy, and to provide the emotional support and resources available if this goal is not obtained.

Audience: The primary audience is midlevel providers such as certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. I concur with the editor's specified audience. The editor and selected contributors are credible authorities regarding the subject matter. Their expertise comes from providing care for infertile couples and information to genetic counselors and adoption specialists.

Features: Strengths of the book include a review of basic anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems and their contribution to the diagnosis of the infertility problem. Key materials are summarized in frequently used tables and figures. Lastly, patient instruction materials are provided; distribution of these materials is encouraged.

Assessment: The majority of this book's content provides an in-depth discussion regarding the initial assessment, treatment, and management of the infertile couple. Appropriate detail is provided regarding anticipatory guidance to clients. Last, a useful guide to the emotional issues and resources available for the couple who plan to adopt is included.

Table of Contents

Unit 1 The Understanding of Infertility   1
Ch. 1 The Physiology of Reproduction    3
Ch. 2 Causes of Infertility   25
Unit 2 The Assessment of the Infertile Woman   49
Ch. 3 Preconception Counseling   51
Ch. 4 Health History of the Infertile Couple   75
Ch. 5 The Physical Examination of the Woman   93
Ch. 6 The Investigation   111
Unit 3 Management of Infertility   167
Ch. 7 Induction of Ovulation   169
Ch. 8 Intrauterine Insemination   195
Ch. 9 Donor Insemination   217
Ch. 10 The Art of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)   243
Ch. 11 Adoption   259
Ch. 12 The Emotional Cost of Infertility: Helping Patients Cope   297
Index   313

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