Book Review

Reproductive Anatomy & Physiology: A Primer for FertilityCare Professionals (2nd ed.)

Thomas W. Hilgers, MD
Pope Paul VI Institute

Although this book is written for CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCare practitioners and medical consultants, it is an excellent resource for any healthcare provider who works with women of reproductive age. This book is exactly what pharmacists who provide services with regard to compounded bioidentical hormone replacement therapy need. Understanding the menstrual cycle is essential to understanding women’s health issues such as infertility, miscarriage, premenstrual syndrome, androgen excess syndrome, endometriosis, abnormal bleeding, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, cervical in- flammation, and the effects of stress. After reading this text, providers will reconsider the arbitrary recommendation of progesterone supplementation on days 14 through 28 of the menstrual cycle. Proper timing of progesterone replacement during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle is addressed. Targeted hormonal evaluation and treatment are discussed within relation to the menstrual cycle and ovulation. Chapters address male and female anatomy, statistical parameters of the menstrual cycle, ovulation and hormones of the menstrual cycle, lactation and its effects on ovulation, biology of the cervix and cervical mucus, sperm transport, survival and penetration, contraception, abortion, natural means for the regulation of fertility, basic gynecology, infertility, basic obstetrics, and the statistical evaluation of contraceptive methods. This 206- page book contains 37 color figures and is excellently referenced and indexed. Of particular interest to compounding pharmacists is the mention of NaPro- Technology. NaProTechnology is the new medical and surgical women’s health science that has been a fruit of the commitment to CREIGHTON MODEL research objectives and the development at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction. Over 50% of NaProTechnology treatments require compounding by a compounding pharmacist. Reading this book is an excellent way for compounding pharmacists to learn about the system and in turn be able to create relationships with CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCare practitioners and medical consultants in their communities.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Mar/Apr 2003