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Last update: 4 December 2017

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

  • 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
    Chapter 12: Chronic anovulation and the Polycystic Ovary (The following sections can be skipped: ‘Exclusion of other androgen excess disorders’; p518-522)
    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 28: Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss (Complete chapter)
    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)

In Vitro-Fertilization (3rd edition, 2011). Elder Kay, Dale B; Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK.

  • Chapter 2: Endocrine Control of Reproduction (Complete chapter)
  • Chapter 3: Gametes and gametogenesis (Complete chapter)
  • Chapter 4: Sperm and oocyte interaction (Complete chapter)
  • Chapter 5: First stages of development (Only the following section: ‘Pre-implantation development’; p64-70)
  • Chapter 6: Implantation and early stages of fetal development (Complete chapter)
  • Chapter 10: Sperm and ART (The following sections can be skipped: ‘Sperm preparation for in-vitro fertilization’ and for ‘Sperm preparation for ICSI/IMSI’; p144-150)
  • 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’; p191-196)
  • Chapter 13: Micromanipulation techniques (Only the following sections: ‘Introduction’; ‘ICSI: genetic implications’, ‘surgical sperm retrieval’, ‘indications for ICSI’; ‘IMSI’; ‘Assisted Hatching’; p216-219, p226-228)
  • 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

  • Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (Only the following sections: ‘summary points’, p38-39; 'asking clinical questions', p29-31)
  • 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, 2013) Jane Bates

Chapter 2: Practical equipment operation and technique (Complete chapter)
Chapter 7: Ultrasound and fertility (Complete chapter)


Please also read the following articles

Alper MM; International Standards Organization. Experience with ISO quality control in assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2013 Dec;100(6):1503-8. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.08.055. Epub 2013 Oct 7

Characterising acute gynaecological pathology with ultrasound: an overview and case examples, Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Volume 23, Issue 5, October 2009, Pages 577–593   

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;22(6):1506-12.

Calhaz-Jorge C, de Geyter C, Kupka MS, de Mouzon J, Erb K, Mocanu E, Motrenko T, Scaravelli G, Wyns C, Goossens V. Assisted reproductive technology in Europe, 2012: results generated from European registers by ESHRE. European IVF-Monitoring Consortium (EIM) for the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Hum Reprod. 2016 Aug;31(8):1638-52.

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.

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.

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.

ESHRE Task Force on Ethics and Law: Gamete and embryo donation. Hum Reprod. 2002 May;17(5):1407-8.

Fauser BC, Devroey P, Diedrich K, Balaban B, Bonduelle M, Delemarre-van de Waal HA, Estella C, Ezcurra D, Geraedts JP, Howles CM, Lerner-Geva L, Serna J, Wells D; Evian Annual Reproduction (EVAR) Workshop Group 2011. Health outcomes of children born after IVF/ICSI: a review of current expert opinion and literature. Reprod Biomed Online. 2014 Feb;28(2):162-82.

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.

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.  

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.

Kirkegaard K, Ahlström A, Ingerslev HJ, Hardarson T. Choosing the best embryo by time lapse versus standard morphology. Fertil Steril. 2015 Feb;103(2):323-32. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2014.11.003

Kwan I, Bhattacharya S, Knox F, McNeil A. Pain relief for women undergoing oocyte retrieval for assisted reproduction. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Jan 31;(1):CD004829.

Mulley AG, Trimble C, Elwyn G. Stop the silent misdiagnosis: patients' preferences matter. BMJ. 2012 Nov 8;345:e6572.

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.

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

Shenfield F, Pennings G, Cohen J, Devroey P, de Wert G, Tarlatzis B; ESHRE Task Force on Ethics and Law. ESHRE Task Force on Ethics and Law 10: surrogacy. Hum Reprod. 2005 Oct;20(10):2705-7.

Shufaro Y, Laufer N. Epigenetic concerns in assisted reproduction: update and critical review of the current literature. Fertil Steril. 2013 Mar 1;99(3):605-6.

Simpson JL: Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. Birth defects and assisted reproductive technologies. 2014 Jun;19(3):177-82. doi: 10.1016/j.siny.2014.01.001. Epub 2014 Feb 2.

Siristatidis, C., Sergentanis, T., Kanavidis, P., Trivella, M., Sotiraki, M., Mavromatis, I., Psaltopoulou, T., Skalkidou, A., Petridou, E. (2013). Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for IVF: impact on ovarian, endometrial and cervical cancer – a systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction Update, 19(2): 105-123.

Sol Olafsdottir H, Wikland M, Möller A. Nordic couples' decision-making processes during assisted reproduction treatments. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2013 Jun;4(2):49-55.

Van Empel IW, Aarts JW, Cohlen BJ, Huppelschoten DA, Laven JS, Nelen WL, Kremer JA. Measuring patient-centredness, the neglected outcome in fertility care: a random multicentre validation study. Hum Reprod. 2010 Oct;25(10):2516-26.