Description: This manual describes the options and technical aspects of ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference and teaching manual on the practical aspects and techniques of ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination. The authors meet their objectives, while including a decent amount of historical review.
Audience: This book is written for a broad audience - from general practitioners to infertility subspecialist physicians, as well as nurses and laboratory technicians. My only critique is that the authors make some bold statements that imply that just about anyone can use the majority of these techniques easily in the office. While some techniques may be less challenging to perform, they are associated with a variety of legal, ethical, medical, and reproductive implications that practitioners always need to consider.
Features: This easy-to-read book is a fairly thorough review of techniques, historical notes, and options for ovulation induction and IUI treatments. It covers various aspects of husband and donor intrauterine insemination, preparation of IUIs, cryopreservation, and oral and injectable ovulation induction techniques. It also provides some information on ultrasound findings, legal/ethical/and psychological considerations, and options for consent forms. The authors are quite successful at examining many of these topics from multiple perspectives and options for therapy. A few areas (i.e., cryopreservation) are covered in less depth, but are likely beyond the primary scope of this book.
Assessment: This is a thorough discussion of techniques and therapeutic options for using intrauterine insemination and ovulation induction for infertility patients. There is still an art and a matter of opinion to certain aspects of infertility therapies, but these authors quite successfully propose several options and discuss the history and mechanistic features of all therapies. This is a useful book for our field.