Reading list

Last update: November 2023


Clinical Gynecologic endocrinology and infertility (8th edition, 2014). Speroff L, Class RH, Kase NG; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Philadelphia, USA

Print ISBN: 978-0781779685

eText ISBN: 978-1469834504

Part I Reproductive Physiology

Chapter 3: The ovary – Embryology and Development (Complete chapter)

Chapter 4: The uterus (The following sections can be skipped: ‘A Teleological Theory of Endometrial Menstrual Events’; ‘The uterus is an endocrine organ’; ‘Reproductive function of Leiomyomas’; ‘Medical treatment of Leiomyomas’; p135-143 and p150-155)

Chapter 6: Regulation of the Menstrual cycle (Complete chapter)

Chapter 7: Sperm and Egg Transport, Fertilization and Implantation (Only the following sections: ‘Sperm transport’, ‘Egg transport’; p243-252 and the summaries on p253, p258-259, p268)

Chapter 8: The endocrinology of pregnancy (Only the following sections: ‘Progesterone’, ‘human Chorionic Gonadotrophin’; p270-273 and p287-291)


Part II Clinical endocrinology

!NEW! Chapter 11: Amenorrhea (Only the following sections: ‘Hypothalamic Amenorrhea’, ‘Eating Disorders’, ‘Exercise and Amenorrhea’; p. 485-492)

Chapter 20: Reproduction and the Thyroid (The following sections can be skipped: ‘Functional changes with aging’, ‘Thyroid function tests’, ‘Osteoporosis and excessive thyroxine’, ‘Thyroid nodules and from Thyroid physiology in the fetus and the neonate’; p887-889, p895-898)


Part IV Infertility

Chapter 27: Female Infertility (The following section can be skipped: ‘Epidemiology of infertility in the US’; p1138-1139)

Chapter 30: Male Infertility (Complete chapter)

Chapter 32: Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Complete chapter)

Chapter 33: Ectopic Pregnancy (The following section can be skipped: ‘Unusual types’; p1408-1412)


Appendix I: Interpreting Epidemiologic Reports (Complete appendix)


!New version! In-Vitro Fertilization (4th edition, 2020). Elder K and Dale B; Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK.

Print ISBN: 978-1108441810

eText ISBN: 978-1108594387

Chapter 2: Endocrine Control of Reproduction (Complete chapter)

Chapter 3: Gametes and gametogenesis (Complete chapter)

Chapter 4: Gamete interaction (Complete chapter)

Chapter 5: First stages of development (Only the following section: ‘Pre-implantation development’; p97-105)

Chapter 6: Implantation and early stages of fetal development (Complete chapter)

Chapter 10: Sperm and ART (The following section can be skipped: ‘Sperm preparation for ICSI/IMSI’; p204-206)

Chapter 11: Oocyte retrieval and embryo culture (Complete chapter)

Chapter 12: Cryopreservation of gametes and embryos (The following section can be skipped: ‘Principles of cryobiology’; p254-259)

Chapter 13: Micromanipulation techniques (Only the following sections: ‘Introduction’; ‘ICSI: genetic implications’, ‘surgical sperm retrieval’, ‘indications for ICSI’; ‘IMSI’; ‘Assisted Hatching’; p284-287, p297-298)

Chapter 14: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (Complete chapter)

Chapter 15: Epigenetics and assisted reproduction (Complete chapter)


Essentials of Nursing Research (8th edition, 2014) Denise Polit & Cheryl Tatano Beck; Wolters Kluwer Health/ Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Philadelphia, USA

Print ISBN: 978-1451176797

Chapter 3: Key concepts and steps in qualitative and quantitative research (Only the following section: ‘summary points’, p59-60)

Chapter 5: Ethics in research (Only the following sections: ‘summary points’, p96; 'informed consent' and 'confidentiality of procedures', p87-89)

Chapter 7: Finding and reviewing research: Evidence in the literature (Only the following sections: ‘summary points’, p130; 'locating relevant literature for a research review', p118-124)

Chapter 10: Sampling and data collection in quantitative studies (Only the following sections: ‘summary points’, p130; 'sample size in quantitative studies', p181-182; 'self-reports', p184-189)

Chapter 11: Measurements and data quality (only the following sections: ‘summary points’ p212)

Chapter 12: Statistical analysis of quantitative data (Only the following section: ‘tips on reading text with statistical information’, p240-242)



Practical Gynecological Ultrasound (2nd edition, 2006) Jane Bates, Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK.

Print ISBN: 978-0521674508

Chapter 2: Practical equipment operation and technique (Complete chapter)

Chapter 7: Ultrasound and fertility (Complete chapter)



Documents of ESHRE and other organisations 

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Research papers

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Alper MM Experience with ISO quality control in assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2013 Dec;100(6):1503-8.
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Boeri L, Fallara G, Pozzi E, Belladelli F, Corsini C, Raffo M, Schifano N, Capogrosso P, d'Arma A, Montorsi F, Salonia A. The impact of different WHO reference criteria for semen analysis in clinical practice: Who will benefit from the new 2021 thresholds for normal semen parameters? Andrology. 2022 Sep;10(6):1134-1142. doi: 10.1111/andr.13213
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Boivin J, Bunting L, Collins JA, Nygren KG. International estimates of infertility prevalence and treatment-seeking: potential need and demand for infertility medical care. Hum Reprod. 2007 Jun;22(6):1506-12. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/dem046.
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Berntsen S, Söderström-Anttila V, Wennerholm UB, Laivuori H, Loft A, Oldereid NB, Romundstad LB, Bergh C, Pinborg A. The health of children conceived by ART: 'the chicken or the egg?'. Hum Reprod Update. 2019 Mar 1;25(2):137-158. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dmz001.
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Cohlen B, Bijkerk A, Van der Poel S, Ombelet W. IUI: review and systematic assessment of the evidence that supports global recommendations. Hum Reprod Update. 2018 May;24(3):300-319. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dmx041.
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Dancet EA, D'Hooghe TM, Spiessens C, Sermeus W, De Neubourg D, Karel N, Kremer JA, Nelen WL. Quality indicators for all dimensions of infertility care quality: consensus between professionals and patients. Hum Reprod. 2013 Jun;28(6):1584-97. doi: 10.1093/humrep/det056.
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Dancet EA, Nelen WL, Sermeus W, De Leeuw L, Kremer JA, D'Hooghe TM. The patients' perspective on fertility care: a systematic review. Hum Reprod Update. 2010 Sep-Oct;16(5):467-87. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dmq004.
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Dancet EA, Van Empel IW, Rober P, Nelen WL, Kremer JA, D'Hooghe TM. Patient-centred infertility care: a qualitative study to listen to the patient's voice. Hum Reprod. 2011 Apr;26(4):827-33. doi: 10.1093/humrep/der022.
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Devroey P, Polyzos NP, Blockeel C, An OHSS-Free Clinic by segmentation of IVF treatment, Hum Reprod. 2011 Oct; 26(10):2593 2597,
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!NEW! European IVF Monitoring Consortium (EIM) for the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) , Jesper Smeenk, Christine Wyns, Christian De Geyter, Markus Kupka, Christina Bergh, Irene Cuevas Saiz, Diane De Neubourg, Karel Rezabek, Andreas Tandler-Schneider, Ionna Rugescu, Veerle Goossens, ART in Europe, 2019: results generated from European registries by ESHRE, Human Reproduction, 2023;, dead197,
Elwyn G, Durand MA, Song J, Aarts J, Barr PJ, Berger Z, Cochran N, Frosch D, GalasiƄski D, Gulbrandsen P, Han PKJ, Härter M, Kinnersley P, Lloyd A, Mishra M, Perestelo-Perez L, Scholl I, Tomori K, Trevena L, Witteman HO, Van der Weijden T. A three-talk model for shared decision making: multistage consultation process. BMJ. 2017 Nov 6;359:j4891. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j4891.
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Harper J, Magli MC, Lundin K, Barratt CL, Brison D. When and how should new technology be introduced into the IVF laboratory? Hum Reprod. 2012 Feb;27(2):303-13. doi: 10.1093/humrep/der414.
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Hart R, Norman RJ. The longer-term health outcomes for children born as a result of IVF treatment: Part I--General health outcomes. Hum Reprod Update. 2013 May-Jun;19(3):232-43. 
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Hart R, Norman RJ. The longer-term health outcomes for children born as a result of IVF treatment. Part II--Mental health and development outcomes. Hum Reprod Update. 2013 May-Jun;19(3):244-50. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dmt002.
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Paffoni, A., Reschini, M., Noli, S., Viganò, P., Parazzini, F., Somigliana, E. Folate Levels and Pregnancy Rate in Women Undergoing Assisted Reproductive Techniques: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Reprod Sci. 2022 Feb;29(2):341-356. doi: 10.1007/s43032-021-00467-9
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Peddie VL, van Teijlingen E, Bhattacharya S. A qualitative study of women's decision-making at the end of IVF treatment. Hum Reprod. 2005 Jul;20(7):1944-51. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deh857.
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Pinborg A. IVF/ICSI twin pregnancies: risks and prevention. Hum Reprod Update. 2005 Nov-Dec;11(6):575-93. DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmi027
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Pinborg A, Wennerholm UB, Romundstad LB, Loft A, Aittomaki K, Söderström-Anttila V, Nygren KG, Hazekamp J, Bergh C. Why do singletons conceived after assisted reproduction technology have adverse perinatal outcome? Systematic review and meta-analysis. Hum Reprod Update. 2013 Mar-Apr;19(2):87-104. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dms044.
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Schmidt L, Sobotka T, Bentzen JG, Nyboe Andersen A. ESHRE Reproduction and Society Task Force. Demographic and medical consequences of the postponement of parenthood. Hum Reprod Update. 2012 Jan-Feb;18(1):29-43. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dmr040.
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Schüring AN, Fehm T, Behringer K, Goeckenjan M, Wimberger P, Henes M, Henes J, Fey MF, von Wolff M. Practical recommendations for fertility preservation in women by the FertiPROTEKT network. Part I: Indications for fertility preservation. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2018 Jan;297(1):241-255. doi: 10.1007/s00404-017-4594-3.
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Sharma R, Biedenharn KR, Fedor JM, Agarwal A. Lifestyle factors and reproductive health: taking control of your fertility. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2013 Jul 16;11:66. doi: 10.1186/1477-7827-11-66.
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Siristatidis, C, Sergentanis TN, Kanavidis P, Trivella M, Sotiraki M, Mavromatis I, Psaltopoulou T, Skalkidou A, Petridou ET. Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for IVF: impact on ovarian, endometrial and cervical cancer – a systematic review and meta-analysis. Hum Reprod Update. 2013 Mar-Apr;19(2):105-123. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dms051.
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von Wolff M, Germeyer A, Liebenthron J, Korell M, Nawroth F. Practical recommendations for fertility preservation in women by the FertiPROTEKT network. Part II: fertility preservation techniques. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2018 Jan;297(1):257-267. doi: 10.1007/s00404-017-4595-2.
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