Carol Coughlan, M.D.

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at IVI Middle East

IVI Middle East

Carol Coughlan, M.D.


Dr Carol Coughlan MD, FRCOG, FRCPI is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery with IVI Fertility Clinic, Dubai, UAE. Dr. Coughlan graduated from University College Cork, Ireland, in 1997.

She commenced training in obstetrics and gynecology in 1998. She acquired her membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in 2003. In 2008, Dr. Coughlan joined the team at the Assisted Conception Unit at the Jessop Wing in Sheffield as Clinical Research Fellow to pursue her interest in reproductive medicine.

She was awarded Doctor of Medicine (MD) in July 2013 from the University of Sheffield. Her M.D. thesis focused on recurrent implantation failure and recurrent miscarriage. She endeavoured to clearly define recurrent implantation failure and formulate an evidence-based guideline for the investigation and management of this challenging condition. To explore possible aetiologies of recurrent implantation failure, studies were undertaken to investigate integrin expression in the endometrium and the role of sperm DNA integrity in both recurrent implantation failure and recurrent miscarriage. She determined the level of psychological stress experienced by these women using validated questionnaires. Four original studies were included in this thesis and the research findings were presented both nationally and internationally. Dr. Coughlan completed subspecialty training in reproductive medicine and surgery in 2012. She co-authored a scientific impact paper for the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists entitled “Local endometrial trauma (endometrial scratch): A treatment strategy to improve Implantation rates” and this was published in 2016. Dr. Coughlan is a member of the editorial panel of EC Gynaecology and continues to pursue her research interests in recurrent implantation failure and recurrent miscarriage. Prior to joining IVI Clinic in the UAE she was Clinical Director of Rotunda IVF, the National Oncofertility Centre in Dublin City, Ireland.

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MB. BCh. BAO with Honours 1997
MRCOG 2003
MRCPI 2004
PGCME (Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education Dundee) 2009
M.D. 2013
Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training 2013
RCOG Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery 2013
FRCPI 2015
FRCOG 2015

Honores y reconocimientos

Research grant award from STH 2009
Master’s Research Medal, Coombe Women’s Hospital 1999
Honours in Medical Ethics (University College Cork) 1997
Honours in Paediatrics (University College Cork) 1997


  • How to draw up a management plan when an IVF cycle has failed. Practical Problems in Assisted Reproduction.
    Coughlan C. (2016) Ying Cheong, TC Li.
    Togas Tulandi. 2016.

  • Psychological Stress and Reproductive Failure.
    Coughlan C, Walters S, Ledger W, Li TC.
    Int J Obstet Gynaecol, 124 (2):143-7, 2014.

  • Sperm DNA Fragmentation, Recurrent Implantation Failure and Recurrent Miscarriage.
    Coughlan C, Clarke H, Cutting R, Saxton J, Waite S, Ledger W, Li T, Pacey A. Asian Journal of Andrology, 2014.

  • Factors affecting the outcome of “Endometrial Scratch” in women with recurrent implantation failure.
    Coughlan, C., Yuan X, Demirol, A, Ledger, W, Li TC.
    J Reprod Med, 59 (1-2): 39 – 43, 2014.

  • Recurrent Implantation Failure: Definition and Management.
    Coughlan C, Ledger W, Wang Q, Liu Fenghua, Demirol Aygul, Gurgan Timur, Cutting R, Ong K, Sallam H, Li TC.
    RBM Online, 28 (1):14 – 38, 2014.

  • Local endometrial trauma: a Treatment Strategy to Improve Implantation Rates.
    Coughlan C. Reproductive Surgery in Assisted Conception.
    Metwally & LI. Springer, New York. 2014.

  • Clinical Characteristics of Women with Recurrent Implantation Failure.
    Coughlan, C., Yuan X, Nafee, T., Yan, J, Mariee N, Li TC.
    Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 33 (5): 494 – 8, 2013.

  • Endometrial integrin expression in women with recurrent implantation failure after IVF; relationship to pregnancy outcome.
    Coughlan C, Sinagra M, Ledger W, Li TC, Laird SM.
    Fertility Sterility, 100 (3): 825-30, 2013.

  • In-vitro Fertilisation.
    Coughlan C., Ledger, W., Ola, B.
    Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine Vol 18, 2011.

  • Assisted Reproduction Techniques-Challenges & Management Options. Vaginal bleeding in the luteal phase after IVF.
    Coughlan C, Ola B.
    Wiley-Blackwell: 1st Edition; Ch 63 p 267-70, 2011.

  • Ovarian stimulation for PCO patients. IOvarian Stimulation.
    Coughlan C, Ledger W.
    Edited by Mohamed Aboulghar, Botros Rizk.Cambridge University.

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Clinical Infertility and Assisted Reproduction.
    Coughlan C, Ledger W.
    Editors: Botros Rizk, H. Sallam.

  • Surgical management of tubal disease and infertility.
    Coughlan C and TC Li.
    Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, Vol 19, 2010.

  • Problem based learning: The subfertile couple.
    Coughlan C. and Ola, B.
    Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine: 20, 3, p 87-92, 2010.

  • The safety of clomifene citrate in the absence of ultrasound monitoring facilities.
    Coughlan C, Fitzgerald J, Milne P, Wingfield M.
    J Obstet Gynaecol, 30, (4):393 -396, 2010.

  • Vaginal cytology following primary hysterectomy for cervical cancer: is it useful?
    Coughlan C, McAuliffe F, Bermingham N, Gleeson N.
    Irish Journal of Medical Science, 175 (1): 45-9, 2006.

  • What are the implications for the next delivery in primigravidae who have an elective caesarean section for breech presentation?
    Coughlan C, Kearney R, Turner MJ.
    BJOG, 109, 624-626, 2002.

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