What are the follicle stimulating medications?

Dr. David Tourgeman, Infertility Specialist, explains how follicle stimulating medications work to optimize fertility.
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What are the follicle stimulating medications?

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Every month a woman has a group of follicles that contain eggs that are available for either stimulatio or if they are not utilized, they are lost. It turns out that a woman produces a single egg per month and the rest of those eggs that are there that month will ultimately undergo cell death. Follicle stimulating hormone or follicle stimulating medications are administered to make those additional follicles grow so that they will not be lost. And it is typically done in conjunction with something like invitro fertilization where you are trying to extract all of the other follicles or in the case of an interuterine insemenination where we are trying to optimize the likelihood of the person´s machinery if you would to work in that particular month.

Dr. David Tourgeman, Infertility Specialist, explains how follicle stimulating medications work to optimize 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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