Infertility is an extremely common disorder. In the past fifteen years, the treatment of infertility has undergone dramatic change, with diagnosis and therapy becoming much more specific and targeted. Many procedures that were once experimental, such as in vitro fertilization, are now available on a routine basis and offer excellent success rates with rapidly diminishing risks of multiple births. We hope that this book, which is the result of our combined clinical and research experience as well as that of our ...
Infertility is an extremely common disorder. In the past fifteen years, the treatment of infertility has undergone dramatic change, with diagnosis and therapy becoming much more specific and targeted. Many procedures that were once experimental, such as in vitro fertilization, are now available on a routine basis and offer excellent success rates with rapidly diminishing risks of multiple births. We hope that this book, which is the result of our combined clinical and research experience as well as that of our contributing colleagues, will serve as your comprehensive, modern guide to dealing with infertility and the many facets of its treatment.
Throughout this book we have stressed the fact that, in order to enhance the results of therapy, it is essential that you do not delay in having a complete initial investigation followed by targeted, specific therapy under the guidance of a specially trained physician. Delay in the diagnosis or treatment of infertility is a significant mistake that can dramatically reduce your chances of a successful pregnancy. Remember that seeking appropriate care as soon as possible will allow you to achieve the best results as quickly as possible with the least expense. We have called this approach, aimed at achieving a successful pregnancy in the least amount of time in the most cost-effective manner, the Fast Track to fertility. Each couple must choose the best option that is consistent with their values and ethical beliefs while trying to beat the biologic clock. We wish you and the thousands of other couples struggling with infertility the best of luck.
Sherif G. Awadalla, M.D.
Dr. Awadalla serves as Medical Director at the Institute for Reproductive Health, and Volunteer Assistant Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the OB/GYN department at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Previous positions include Director of Reproductive Research at Bethesda Hospital, as well as both teaching and clinical research positions at West Virginia University. Dr. Awadalla has conducted and published numerous research projects in the areas of endometriosis, microsurgery, infertility, in vitro fertilization, GIFT, ovulation induction, and gamete maturation. He is active in pelvic reparative surgery both by microsurgical techniques, such as tubal reversal surgery, as well as laparoscopic laser and robotic techniques.
Michael D. Scheiber, MD, MPH, FACOG
Dr. Scheiber has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He currently serves as the Co-Director of IVF Services and the Director of Reproductive Research at the Institute for Reproductive Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also serves as Volunteer Associate Professor of OB/GYN at the University of Cincinnati, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gynecologic Surgery. Dr. Scheiber has received multiple awards and recognition for his clinical contributions and academic achievements. His professional interests include IVF-embryo transfer, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, ovulation induction, PCOS, and laparoscopic/ hysteroscopic surgery.
Thomas H. Burwinkel, MD, FACOG
Dr. Burwinkel joined the Institute for Reproductive Health in January 2011. He previously served as the Medical Director of Kettering Reproductive Medicine for ten years. He also served as professor at Wright State University in the department of OB/GYN for eighteen years. Dr. Burwinkel’s research includes: endometriosis, fibroids, ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization, micromanipulation, in vitro maturation, co-culture systems, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and surgical adhesion prevention. He performs various pelvic surgeries using operative laparoscopy, robotic surgery, operative hysteroscopy, as well as traditional open procedures including microsurgical techniques, such as tubal anastomosis procedures.