Tips on understanding the need for the Day 3 Antral Follicle count

Dr. David Tourgeman, Infertility Specialist, explains why it is important to have a Day 3 follicle count to assess fertility.
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Tips on understanding the need for the Day 3 Antral Follicle count

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A day three antral follicle count is a way of assessing fertility. The way that this is done is on the third day of a menstrual cycle, we perform an ultrasound usually transvaginally. And what we do is we count the number of waiting follicles and follicles are just fluid filled sacs with eggs inside of them. Therefore, on that third day when we look, we are able to count or assess the number of waiting eggs in that particular month. This is the gauge that we use in conjunction with a day three FSH and astrodyl test that is done in the blood to assess overall fertility.

Dr. David Tourgeman, Infertility Specialist, explains why it is important to have a Day 3 follicle count to assess fertility.

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David Tourgeman, MD

Infertility Specialist

Education
 - Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara.
 Medical School: University of Southern California.
 Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology 
University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Women’s & Children’s Hospital. 
Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

Board Certification 
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
 Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Academic Appointments
 - Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
 University of Southern California School of Medicine.

Hospital Affiliations 
- Huntington Memorial Hospital 
St. John’s Health Center.

Awards
 - Wyeth-Ayest Award of the Pacific coast Reproductive Society, April 1999. 
Serono In-Training Award for the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2000
. Ortho- Mcneil Poster Award Obstetrical and Gynecological Assembly of Southern California, February 2011.
 Serono In-Training Award for the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2001. 
Fellow Award, co-author Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2001.

Professional Organizations - 
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. 
Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
 Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Areas of Research and Publication
 - Assisted reproductive technologies and oocyte donation in women of advanced
 reproductive age. 
Advanced reproductive fertility surgery. 
Alternatives for enhancing embryo implantation
. Evaluation of ovulation induction agents. 
Vaginal hormone administration.

Languages Spoken
 - English, 
French, &
 Spanish.

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