Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 February 2010
Th is manual is intended for the general or family practitioner, as well as for gynecologists and specialists in infertility treatment. While treatment by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other advanced techniques attract the most attention and shape the public perception of infertility treatment, far more infertile couples achieve pregnancies with ovulation induction (OI) or combined ovarian stimulation and intrauterine insemination (IUI), the two techniques described in detail in this book, and which form the first line of infertility treatment. Moreover, they can be performed in almost any office or clinic, thus allowing patients to be treated by physicians and nurses already familiar with their general health, without the need to travel to distant specialty clinics. Many practitioners believe, from their time in training, that evaluation of infertile couples is too time-consuming and unrewarding, and that treatment is too complex to be part of their general or obstetric and gynecological practices. Nothing could be further from the truth. Infertility should be viewed, not as a diagnosis, but as a symptom of an underlying medical problem, affecting either one or both partners, which, if left untreated, will eventually affect their general health and emotional well-being.