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1. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised Edition)
by Toni Weschler
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Asin: 0060937645
Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Sales Rank: 804
Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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THE GROUNDBREAKING BESTSELLER NOW UPDATED AND REVISED

Are you unhappy with your current method of birth control? Or are you demoralized by your quest to have a baby? Do you also experience confusing signs and symptoms at various times in your cycle, but are frustrated by a lack of simple explanations?

This invaluable resource will help you find the answer to your questions while giving you amazing insights into your own body.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility has helped literally hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, or simply gain better control of their health and lives. This book thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to:

  • enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices


  • maximize your chances of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your fertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to pregnancy achievement


  • increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of your baby


  • gain control of your sexual and gynecological health

This expanded new edition includes:

  • a revolutionary new, fully intuitive charting system


  • numerous new master charts, including separate ones for birth control, pregnancy achievement, and menopause


  • the latest on fertility conditions and high-tech treatments


  • comprehensive tables that clearly summarize fertility-related drugs and procedures
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5-0 out of 5 stars This needs to be read by all women everywhere!
This is probably the most life changing book I've ever read. I wish in school as young girls we had known exactly what our body does at menstruation and ovulation. It's amazing.

Not only can this be used for TTC - it can be used to learn how to better utilize birth control methods. Being aware of your basal body temp & cervical fluid you actually know when you are ovulating and when your period is due. Like clockwork!

In addition, having your temps stay high instead of dipping down as your period approaches is indicative of pregnancy achievement. In my case this happened, (preg test to confirm) but unfortunately I wasn't able to hold the pregnancy and my temps started to go downwards -- making my period a couple of days late. If I hadn't have been charting, I would've never known I was pregnant, and just chalked it up to a late period.

This book is good for all women - empowering them to learn more about their amazing bodies!

5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing book for EVERY woman
After announcing to a close friend of mine who was eight months pregnant that I was about to begin to try to have a baby, I was given a weathered copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I direct a women's health program at a community hospital and was amazed at what I DIDN'T know about my body after reading this book. Toni Weschler is a gifted writer. A public health practitioner's dream, she is extremely clear, distilling scientific facts to manageable pieces of information. She dispels the myth that charting your fertility, traditionally referred to as "Natural Family Planning", is a method used only by a select few who choose natural methods of birth control because of religious beliefs. Moreover, she emphasizes the connection between women's empowerment and knowledge of normal biological processes that are often medicalized to the point of leaving many women mystified. I would go so far as to say this should be required reading for all young women entering high school! (NOTE: I am now in my first trimester as a result of the information provided in the pages of this book. I am very grateful!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Got Pregnant the Second Month Using This Method!!!!!
I highly recommend this book and method for getting pregnant. I am 39 and had been trying to get pregnant for six months using an ovulation predictor kit. We already have a 2 year old daughter that was conceived the first month we tried, so I was very discouraged that we were not pregnant yet. A friend of mine recommended this book, and I thought it was worth a shot! I found the book a very easy read. I read the sections relevant to getting pregnant in one night (there are also sections on birth control, menopause, etc). I began charting immediately. I did not go crazy with charting-I just recorded my temp each day and checked the other 2 signs (cervical mucus and cervical position) starting about a week before I knew I was going to ovulate. I got pregnant the second month!! The book is super informative about all aspects of a woman's reproductive body. A great read even if you just want to get to know what's going on with your body every month. Hope this review helps!!

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
Wow!! First of all - I was quite ignorant about my own body until I read this book. I will share this book with my children. I also purchased the software that goes along with it - and IT WORKED SUCCESSFULLY!! I am expecting my first child Dec. 04 !! I did "practice" charting for one month and then the first month that we tried for real - well it happened!! A friend of mine and my cousin both used this book and it helped them as well. I highly suggest this book to anyone who wants to conceive. It really helps you to understand your body. It has some medical terms - but explains them in detail. I also suggest the software - it made it MUCH easier for me!!

5-0 out of 5 stars You HAVE to read this book
I bought this book for two reasons, to get pregnant after 35 & due to everyone else's review of this book. Now, I'm a believer. If you're a woman and think you know about your body, you don't until you read this book. My whole life I thought there was something wrong with me, and now I know I was normal all along. I wish I would have had this guidance as a teenager and just discovering the intricacies of my body. Just knowing the basics of your body and what's normal & what's not, will give you a confidence you can't imagine. If you have teenage daughters, buy this book and read it together. It could save years of doubt, confusion and low-esteem. ... Read more


2. The Infertility Diet: Get Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage
by Fern Reiss
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Asin: 1893290395
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Peanut Butter and Jelly Press
Sales Rank: 35319
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Eat your way to pregnancy!The Infertility Diet is a nutritional approach to fertility enhancement and miscarriage prevention.Endorsed by infertility doctors across the country, this book is based on over 500 medical studies linking fertility and nutrition, and is a groundbreaker in the field.The essential diet for anyone trying to have a baby.A caring gift for all potential parents.

The Infertility Diet: Get Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage supplies specific nutritional advice for couples with problems including sperm count, motility, morphology and clumping; miscarriage; candida albicans; cervical fluid; endometriosis; estrogen/progesterone balance; hypothyroidism; luteal phase defects; ovulation; PCO; elevated prolactin levels; and prostaglandin.Learn what foods to eat--and what foods to avoid--to get pregnant and carry your baby to term. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment, Overall
The only novel information in the book was on the studies linking a heavy yam diet with increased birth rate. I'd like to try the (true) yams (not sweet potatoes), but I haven't been able to find them (though I've gone to three health food stores). For people with already healthy diets and a reasonable understanding about fertility, the book will probably be a disappointment. Almost half its pages are devoted to recipes for yams, whole grains, tofu and the like. Your money is much better spent on Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. Good luck to all who are trying to have a baby!

3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing really new or interesting ...
If you're totally clueless about nutrition, this book is for you. Since health, diet, and fitness are hobbies of mine, I'd like to think that I know a bit about each subject. There wasn't really anything new or exciting for me to latch on to and say, "ah, maybe this will help with infertility problem".

This is why I found The Infertility Diet book quite bland and a complete waste of money.

Monica, San Diego

2-0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
I have mixed feelings with this book. I bought the book and have even tried following some of the recipies which are pretty tasty, however some of the ingredients (especially yams and Kelp) were difficult for me to find. However, after much searching I found them. I found some of the info to be too vague! For instance one minute she tells you the benefits of soy and in the next breath tells you not to consume to much! Well, how much is not too much? She recommends eating yams in the first part of your cycle before ovulation and not in the second half and not to consume dairy (or meat) products while trying to conceive but most of her yam recipies have dairy products in them!! Can you say contradictory? I emailed my question about this through her website but it was not answered at all!
Another thing is her yam recipies call for 4 yams or 6 yams or 1 yam. Well, I'd like to know where she purchased her yams because the true African yams that I found were 12"-15" long and weighed 8lbs-10lbs. Two tubers (yams) cost me $19.00! Not very practical to use 4 -6 per recipie! I wish she would have put some additional information in the back of her book or keep her web site updated but she doesn't do that either. I tried contacting the author (as was suggested in another review) but all of my questions were not answered or I'd get an answer that had nothing to do (I feel) with my question. Finally after my third e-mail I was told that Fern wasn't in the fertility business anymore. And, if you go on her website it hasn't been updated for quite sometime and the Website is really pushing other business ventures she is now in. It's an o.k. book but don't put all of your hopes into it, like I'm afraid I might have.

2-0 out of 5 stars Now I don't know what to think!
I wish I had read all of these reviews before I purchased the book. I recently bought the book and went on a spree at the health food store! Then I started thinking about some things that don't add up. For instance we need protein, but her suggestions are to eat tuna, sardines, and rice and beans. Some options! I have been pleased with the recipes I've tried so far, and I intend to keep using many of them. However, they weren't written by a chef so they can be a little vague and hard to follow. I've decided to get a couple of other more highly rated books. I'll let you know how it goes!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth $24.95..
Apart from the Author (Fern Reiss) repeating herself many times throughout the book (I can count the same sentences repeated over and over again in different sections) - I thought it would have more solid advice than what it contained. I am really dissapointed. I was looking forward to reading this book so much!

A couple of examples of why I was dissapointed with this particular book:

Example 1 - "Yet another good reason to avoid dairy as well as meat is dioxins."

Yes true. Meat contains dioxins - depending on where your meat is from. Fern does not give you advice on where to obtain clean meat (free of dioxins) but instead takes the easy way out and says - avoid.

One of the deficiencies that can arise through lack of red meat is Zinc. The author fails to inform us that Zinc deficiency is very dangerous to the development of feotus (particularly mental). Her suggustions are - Consume Pumpkin and Sunflower seeds. However unless you consume 300g daily you will not meet your RDI for Zinc. That's quite alot of seeds!

Red meat and Eggs contain an easily absorbed form of Zinc. They also contain many other nutrients essential for pre-conception. So the advice - avoid meat and dairy, is not one I would follow. Focus on purchasing clean meat and eggs - I have, and have not looked back since.

Example 2 - Her reccomendation to eat orange vegetables (that contain Beta-carotene) for Vitamin A. Quite alot of people with poor thyroid function CANT convert Beta-carotene into Vitamin A. So if you are relying on carrots and pumpkins to give you Vitamin A without knowing your thyroid status - Don't! She failed to mention that essential point.

Example 3 - Page 50 - "Although one study indicates that too strict a vegetarian diet can lead to irregular ovulation, we still recommend sticking to a health whole grain vegetarian diet that goes heavy on the fruits and vegetables, and avoids excess protein."

Even though this supposed study shows that too strict a vegetarian diet (which is EXACTLY what she recommends throughout her whole book) can impede fertility, she still insists on it, and YET she rejects everything else (no matter how trivial) that can impede fertility. Is she contradicting herself? Absolutely!

Example 4 - She reccomends to "Consume Wheatgerm for Vit E". She also fails to mention that this is bad practice. Wheatgerm easily becomes rancid and rancid oils are dangerous and useless to your body.

ALSO, A large part of the diet she advocates includes consumption of wild Yams. If you cannot get hold of these - don't bother buying the book!

The only thing that I do agree with in her entire 277 page book is that we all should all ditch processed 'empty' foods. But then again, that information is and should be common sense.

This book is certainly not worth its cost. Its good reviews are very overrated IMO. I bought this book based on those reviews and am very dissapointed.

Fern has gone through some effort to put this book together and thats why I award it one star. I don't believe it's content deserves more than that though. ... Read more


3. The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
by Randine Lewis
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Asin: 0316172294
Catlog: Book (2004-01)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 7793
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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For thousands of years, Chinese women have trusted traditional Chinese medicine to help them conceive. A recent medical study found that women who augmented Western fertility treatments with TCM, traditional Chinese medicine, doubled their chances of a succesful pregnancy. THE INFERTILITY CURE gives women an effective, natural means of supporting their efforts to get pregnant. Based on techniques and remedies drawn from traditional Chinese medicine, this program shows readers how to increase their overall health and well-being, strengthen the organs and systems vital to reproduction, heal specific conditions that may affect fertility, and even support Western-based reproductive technology such as IVF and hormone therapy. Dr. Lewis' easy-to-follow program begins with diagnosis, using an extensive questionnaire to determine each reader's unique diagnostic category. The next three steps involve bringing a woman's body back into balance through diet, acupressure, and Chinese herbs. By following this program, women will be able to create a welcoming physical and emotional environment for what they desire most: a child. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars From a former skeptic
After several failed attempts to get pregnant using western medicine (at a cost of over $30,000), I was referred to Dr. Lewis by one of the best reproductive endocrinologists in Houston, TX. I was extremely skeptic about acupuncture and what it could do for me but decided to give it a try based on my doctor's recommendation and the fact that I had nothing to lose. In addition, the cost of acupuncture treatments and herbs were miniscule compared to the money my husband and I had already spent.

After only a couple of weeks, I noticed significant changes in my menstrual cycle. After three months, I had more energy, felt better than I ever have before, and was no longer bothered by allergies. I have not gotten pregnant, but given the vast improvement in my well being and quality of life I feel blessed to have come in contact with Dr. Lewis. I continue to receive treatments at Dr. Lewis' clinic to address my endometriosis.

Dr. Lewis' book explains the traditional chinese medicine approach and her own diagnostic and treatment methods. She also cites many examples from her own patients' experiences. More importantly, she is extremely compassionate and understands what people dealing with infertility are going through. I highly recommend her book to anyone considering expensive fertility treatments. Read her book first and consider pursuing traditional chinese medicine treatments before you spend money on western fertility treatments.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for couples dealing with infertility issues
I think this book is the answer to what a lot of couples faced with infertility are looking for.
It provides a comprehensive view point of the available options today from both a western and eastern medicine standpoint. Best of all you do not have to be a Chinese medicine practitioner to understand this book. An excellent simplification of the ancient theories and wisdom of Traditional Chinese medicine. The dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes can be incorporated to maximise health and therefore chances of conception no matter what path you adopt to achieve your goal of a healthy baby. It clearly lays out the different syndromes and patterns that could be underlying the same diagnosis, emphasizing how the acupuncture and herbal treatments need to be individualized. Dr Randine is one of the pioneers in this acupuncture speciality her knowledge and experience reflects through the information provided in this book.
A source for acupuncturists and medical doctors too!!As stated in another book I recently read on Acupuncture and Infertility by Dr Lifang Liang, it can greatly improve your chances of success.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hope for the Fertility Struggle
This book was recommended in my fertility-support group, and it has been a great read. I've tried everything I'm going to from Western medicine, but no solutions have been forthcoming. (And I have a great doc -- not like the "specialist in a top US clinic" I first went to (see negative review #2) who did a few tests and told me I had no problems... oops, she missed the endo and my low hormone levels!) I highly recommend this book not only for people who have tried everything else, but also for those who haven't started trying everything yet, and those who are pursuing medication and/or surgical treatments. Try this early, and save yourself a lot of heartache and expense.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Randine Lewis will show you that you are NOT Infertile!
Dr. Randine Lewis' book addresses the problem of infertility from the standpoint that most women who are of reproductive age, with the proper anatomy are FERTILE; the inability to conceive is an expression of an imbalance within their system that can be improved through the techniques that this book teaches. The text is both scientific and a self-help primer. Through the pages in this book you will learn to diagnose your underlying imbalance and then follow the approach that Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates for your diagnosis. The treatment generally includes the use of acupuncture or self-performed acupressure, stress reduction, dietary changes, supplement use, restorative exercise (yoga, Qi Gong), and relaxation techniques.
Perhaps most encouraging is the fact that Dr. Lewis has experienced approximately a 75% success rate with achieving pregnancy with her patients, many (if not most) of whom came to her clinic after years of failed Western procedures. The Western medicine definition of "infertile" is rather narrow, defined by inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. I never believed I was infertile, despite solidly falling within Western medicine's definition and it has been reassuring to find an approach that has validated my intuition about my body: namely, I am not infertile, I am just very imbalanced and stressed and I need help to restore my reproductive health. While this book contains the information that is necessary to self treat, it can be complicated and I'd recommend that you seek the treatment of a licensed acupuncturist, preferably one who specializes in infertility or, at least, women's health.
If you undertake this approach for yourself, you cannot lose. Surely, you will be more hopeful, feel more relaxed, experience increased vitality and generally improved health. This is a book that will help you to reclaim your body and, in so doing, you can reclaim yourself and recognize that you are not broken, a failure, nor infertile.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'm giving it a shot
After 10 + years of fighting against infertility I have pretty much tried everything Western medicine has to offer so when I saw this book I decided to give it a chance. I have to say that it is quite well written. Randine Lewis presents her case clearly and consisely. She doesn't make any wild claims and she's not pretending that her mehtods are the only ones that will work. I went looking for something to criticize in this book and I can't find anything. It's the best "natural" infertilty book I've come across and I've read enough of them to fill a book case over the years.

Now, who is this book for? I think it's best for mature readers who have nothing left to lose. If you no longer have any illusions and won't be heartbroken if this doesn't work out go ahead and buy this book. However, I would say to any potential reader to go to her doctor first and then to remember two things: Rhinos and tigers are endangered mainly becuase Eastern medicine promotes the idea that pills made from the bodies of these animals has medicinal benefit. In other words Eastern medicine is not perfect. It's a diferent approach to the human condition, not necesarily a better one. This is a entertaining, and highly readable book but don't expect a miracle; okay? ... Read more


4. The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need to Know to Maximize Your Changes of Success
by Liza Charlesworth
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Asin: 0738208973
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Sales Rank: 23890
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A wise and compassionate guide to getting successfully through one of the most expensive and stressful fertility treatments.

Despite the fact that it is an expensive, complex, emotionally draining, and often last-ditch fertility treatment, there are now over 250,000 couples who consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) every year; more than 125,000 couples decide to undergo it. While dry, clinical information is available, there is a gaping need for sisterly advice from someone who's been through the process herself.

From evaluating care and preparing for the complicated process to understanding egg retrieval and embryo transfer; from tips on taking medications and coping with hormonal surges to dealing with the emotional aspects of the grueling IVF process, Liza Charlesworth's The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization offers knowing, sensitive counsel. Full of hard-won personal wisdom and the most up-to-date medical information explained in layman's terms, this invaluable guide is sure to become recommended reading for couples trying to conceive and their families alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't do IVF without it!
The author explains every step in an upbeat, positive and friendly way. I enjoyed reading it thru and referred back to it several times as our cycle progressed. Thank you, Liza, for writing such a relevant, timely and helpful book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything You Need to Know about IVF But Were Afraid to Ask
This book is fabulous! Not only is the book packed with easy-to-understand, medically accurate information, it addresses the considerable management, financial, and emotional aspects of the process as well. What truly surprised me about THE COUPLES GUIDE TO IN VITRO FERTILIZATION, though, was that it accomplished all of the above while also being truly fun to read. I found myself nodding, crying, and laughing at the stories shared by the many couples interviewed for the book. As both a docter and someone who has experienced IVF, I can whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone embarking on this challenging- and potentially rewarding journey.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Guy¹s Perspective
My wife and I are struggling with infertility. I don¹t know how it is for other couples (it varies, I¹m sure) but the inability to have a baby can be heartbreaking for guys, too. So it was nice to come across a guide aimed at couples. Liza Charlesworth¹s wise, heartfelt book provides superb advice on a bunch of key issues: picking the right doctor, understanding IVF protocol, getting your finances together, keeping sane. I especially enjoyed the insights from other women -- and men --who have struggled with the process. It gave my wife and I hope, which is worth everything.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smart & Compassionate
By far the most useful book I have read on this topic. Charlesworth is simultaneously optimistic, warm, AND logical in her plain-language explanations of this complicated, overwhelming process. Reading it is like having a best friend who also happens to be a reproductive endocrinologist drop by for a few hours for coffee and a long chat! Charlesworth is an expert communicator--distilling detailed scientific processes into plain English. (My favorite is when she talks about the process of conception, and compares the navigation of sperm in the cervical canal to an action-adventure flick--as opposed to a tender romance movie--it's actually quite a feat for sperm to perform.) The author also sprinkles the book with enough information about her personal experience to reassure you that she's been there herself. But, she's not heavy-handed about it, as you read, you feel like the focus is on YOU and your experience rather than her and hers. I can't recommend it highly enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read this book
Liza Charlesworth's book is a complete guide that fills you in on all the deatils of the cumbersome process that is IVF. And Charlesworth does it with style. This is a a fast read (hard to believe that s'thing so complex and technical as IVf can be a page turner, but this thing moves.) Unlike other cold and technical books on the topic, this one is reader-friendly, accessible and warm. As someone who went through IVF herself, Charlesworth has made sure that hers is a compassionate guide. She shares her stories and those of other women going through IVF. These are the very stories those of us IVFers seek out daily on the Web. If you're thinking about IVF or are starting a cycle, you'll want to buy this book. It will give you the low-down on the process, help you prepare for an IVF cycle (physically and emotionally) and most of all it will give you hope. ... Read more


5. Inconceivable : A Woman's Triumph over Despair and Statistics
by JULIA INDICHOVA
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Asin: 0767908201
Catlog: Book (2001-10-09)
Publisher: Broadway
Sales Rank: 67514
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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A memoir of hope for the thousands of women struggling with infertility, from one who beat the odds by simply tuning in to her body and tapping her well of sheer determination.

At a time when more and more women are trying to get pregnant at increasingly advanced ages, fertility specialists and homeopathic researchers boast endless treatment options. But when Julia Indichova made the rounds of medical doctors and nontraditional healers, she was still unable to conceive a child. It was only when she forsook their financially and emotionally draining advice, turning inward instead, that she finally met with reproductive success. Inconceivable recounts this journey from hopeless diagnoses to elated motherhood.

Anyone who has faced infertility will relate to Julia’s desperate measures: acupuncture, unidentifiable black-and-white pellets, herb soup, foul-smellingfruit, even making love on red sheets. Five reproductive endocrinologists told her that there was no documented case of anyone in her hormonal condition getting pregnant, forcing her to finally embark on her own intuitive regimen. After eight caffeine-free, nutrient-rich, yoga-laden months, complemented by visualization exercises, Julia received amazing news; incredibly, she was pregnant. Nine months later she gave birth to a healthy girl.

Unlike the many infertility books that take a clinical “how to” approach, Inconceivable simply professes the wisdom of giving expert status back to the patient. Julia’s self-discovery, and her ability to see her body as an ally once again, yield a beautiful message about the importance of honoring the body’s innate powers, and the power of life itself.


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5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for anyone struggling with infertility.
This book changed my perspective about my ability to conceive. Ms. Indichova shares her unique experiences and gives hope to anyone who has had to deal with the often myopic and discouraging world of reproductive medicine. After reading "Inconceivable" I became more aware of my body and ways to naturally increase my fertility. I never felt better than when I was trying to get pregnant naturally! I now have a 4 month old son (conceived naturally), and couldn't be more thrilled. This book started me on my journey to motherhood, and I highly recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a wonderful book that seamlessly combines an inspiring personal story with detailed, practical advice on conceiving and living a healthier life in general. I am ordering my third copy because I have given this book away twice! Through the author's experience, the reader learns about diet, exercise, stress, health supplements, and medical treatments, and how all of these relate to fertility as well as overall quality of life. Great for older women trying to conceive, but I am young and read this book while I was trying to conceive (with no infertility problems) and found it entertaining and helpful. A sensitive, useful book!

1-0 out of 5 stars Helped me beat myself up more
First, let me say that I'm glad that the author had a success story.

But, let's face it. The reality is that not all of us will be so lucky. It is almost unfair to suggest that by doing all the things that she did, we can have a baby too. It's not that simple. My husband and I have been trying for **nine** years. No live births yet. I read the book and just started beating myself up for working full-time, for not doing yoga, for not taking herbs, not relaxing enough, whatever. I am sorry to say that regretted this purchase and am giving my copy away.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read!
I started reading this book as soon as it arrived and finished it in two days. I agree that diet, mind and exercise play a vital role in infertility. This book has given me inspiration to continue to improve myself in hopes that I will eventually conceive and carry a child to term.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration!
Far from adopting the attitude that "all infertility doctors are jerks and out to take their patients' money" as one reviewer asserts, Indichova sought alternatives when her doctors gave her no hope of conceiving with her own eggs. In conjunction with adopting a myriad of lifestyle, dietary and other changes, Indichova continued to periodically assess her medical condition with conventional Western doctors. In fact, if this reviewer had really read the book carefully, he/she would have remembered that Indichova had an appointment with yet another RE to discuss the viability of an ART procedure based her decreasing FSH levels on the day that she learned she had beat the odds and conceived her much-wanted second child!

Some of the reviewers seem to have a negative attitude about anything that doesn't fall within the strictures of conventional Western medicine and thereby assign the corrollary attitude (incorrectly!) to Indichova (that she is into "hocus pocus" and "wacko" stuff and disparages Western medicine (she does not).

I will agree with the reviewers who've noted that this may be a tough book to swallow for those infertility patients who are struggling with primary infertility *and* have never conceived any children. Indichova suffered secondary infertility, and until I emotionally reached the point where I desperately want a 2nd child (my first miracle baby was IVF 3 years ago), I too would have had little sympathy for someone in Indichova's position. My perspective now is definitely different, but women who've never conceived any children should be forewarned of Indichova's situation.

I've been diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve, and though my FSH numbers aren't high, I've been largely written off as a lost cause by Western medicine. I have found new hope and inspiration in reading Indichova's story, and I'm grateful that she wrote this wonderful account. I'm certainly willing to give some or most of her ideas a try! I've adopted many of her suggestions over the last few weeks and I already feel better, regardless of whether my body is producing a good egg this cycle. True that she has no scientific backup to support what she did ... maybe all those dietary and lifestyle changes did absolutely nothing toward her second pregnancy. But maybe they did. Maybe they did.

This review has been edited in June 2003 to say that I am now 12 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child, conceiving 3 months after I adopted many of Indichova's suggested dietary and lifestyle changes. Thanks for the inspiration! ... Read more


6. Six Steps to Increased Fertility: An Integrated Medical and Mind/Body Approach To Promote Conception
by RobertL. Barbieri M.D., Alice D. Domar Ph.D., Kevin R. Loughlin M.D.
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It's time to make a baby. You and your partner ditch the birth control,chart your cycle, pinpoint Ovulation Day, and then proceed to make wonderfullove, reveling in the joy and excitement of creating new life. Later, you makelists of names, even daydream about your child going to your alma mater. Thenreality hits. You don't get pregnant.

In high school, they warned, "It only takes one time." But age, health problems,and the anxiety that often builds around an inability to conceive can turn thatearly admonition into a mocking refrain. Today, about 20 percent of couples findthemselves riding the cyclone of fertility frustration, alternately flying highon hope, then plunging into despair as each month passes without a positivepregnancy test. For anyone who's been trying to get pregnant for at least a year(the current definition of infertility), Six Steps to Increased Fertilityis a must-read. Written by the Harvard Medical School team Robert L. Barbieri,M.D., Alice D. Domar, Ph.D, and Kevin R. Loughlin, M.D., Six Steps guidesyou through the conception process, explaining what can derail it and detailingthe vast range of treatment options for boosting conception odds--from simplelifestyle adjustments to fertility drugs to more aggressive therapies like invitro fertilization. Along the way, there are supportive tales of couples who'vesurvived the infertility ordeal and checklists of questions for your doctor. Amedical glossary and a list of organizations that deal with infertility, mentalhealth, miscarriage, and adoption are tucked in the back.

But what makes this book so appealing is the authors' refreshing six-stepphilosophy, one that melds natural methods with conventional medicine. Theirperspective: technology can be wonderful, but it should rarely be the firststep. Oftentimes, depending on one's age and health, changes in diet, exerciseroutine, and stress levels can make all the difference. Indeed, the cornerstoneof the book is the do-it-yourself version of the successful Harvard BehavioralMedicine Program for Infertility that includes easy-to-master relaxationexercises and other stress-reduction techniques. In study after study, researchhas definitively shown that as stress, anxiety, and depression levels go down,pregnancy and birth rates rise. Six Steps offers sensitive advice andcoping strategies meant to help couples understand that while being "infertile"can be all-consuming, it is not the sum total of their lives. --NorineDworkin ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I owe my pregnancy to this book!
I never write book reviews, but I owe the birth of my daughter to the advice given by this book! After 6 years of no contraception, my husband and I finally decided that we were going to REALLY TRY to have a child, so I bought this book, as a starting point to figure out what we--both over 35-- needed to do to get pregnant. In our case, the changes in lifestyle recommended in the book were all we needed; I got pregnant 3 months after putting its advice into practice. This is the perfect book to start with if you want to create a lifestyle that gives you the best chance for getting pregnant, without starting with the infertility drugs. Note that the medical options are also discussed in the book, as well as how much time is reasonable for trying to get pregnant "naturally." Good Luck!

2-0 out of 5 stars Useless
If you had problem with conception for some time, chances are that you already did your 'homework' and read about all possible causes and treatment on the Internet, or discussed it with your doctor. This book is a very general summery of infertility problems, and mainly a big ad for the authors' treatment plan that is available, I assume, in the hospital where they work. I would not recommend this book to anybody - you can definitely find more useful info online, and definitely cheaper!

1-0 out of 5 stars "just relax and you'll get pregnant?"
This comes so dangerously close to blaming infertility on things like inability to relax. How many IVF and other patients with serious medical conditions have had the insulting advice, "if you just relax you'll get pregnant". The best advice anyone can get is to get to a top quality medical specialist as soon as possible, not to get distracted or be given false hope by this nonsense.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book contains many important fertility secrets
My doctor told me and my husband that we needed IVF. We were a little concerned about the use of a high technology treatment so early in our quest to build a family. This book helped us identify many important life-style issues and stressors that probably contributed to our fertility problem. Fertility treatments can cause a lot of emotional stress, and this book helped us to cope with these problems. We think it helped us to get pregnant.

5-0 out of 5 stars It helped me get pregnant
As a chef, i was in a high stress job, that required me to work over 60 hours per week. I followed the advice in chapters 1 and 4 and became pregnant in 3 months. Following the advice in this book was a lot better than going through IVF. ... Read more


7. What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Pcos: (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
by Milton Hammerly, Cheryl Kimball
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Polycystic ovarian syndrome is the number one cause of irregularperiods and infertility in women.It affects 10% of women worldwide.PCOS is acondition of overproduction of androgens by the ovaries.In essence, the ovaries producetoo much testosterone, causing abnormal hair growth, irregular or absentmenstruation/ovulation, acne, and small benign cysts on the ovaries.If left undetected,PCOS can lead to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.While researchers haven’tdetermined the cause of PCOS, they know it is linked to insulin resistance, which causesobesity.

That’s where this book comes in.Insulin resistance can be controlled with a low-carbdiet fairly easily.What to Do When the Doctor Says It’s PCOS gives sufferers a diet andnutritional treatment program that goes beyond the usual regimen of birth control pillsand fertility drugs.It can be used as an alternative and/or adjunct to their currenttreatments.

Cheryl Kimball is a free-lance writer and editor.She is former Director of ChronimedPublishing, a health book publisher with a focus on diet and diabetes.She is also formerPublisher of the trade books division of Heinemann, a Reed International-ownededucation publisher.

Milton Hammerly, M.D. is a board-certified family practitioner and Medical Director ofComplementary and Alternative Medicine for the Catholic Health Initiatives’ CenturaHealth facilities nationwide.He is author of four books in the Integrative Health Series: Diabetes, Depression, Menopause, and Fibromyalgia.He contribute regularly toprofessional journals and has taught at the Mind-Body Health Center in Aurora, CO.Helives in Denver, CO. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best
I was diagnosed with PCOS about 4 weeks ago after dealing with the awful symptoms for 9 years. I immediatly bought this book and loved it. It explains everything you need to know about PCOS; symptoms, treatments, and much more, if you have PCOS and feel the need to know everything there is to know about your condition you have to have this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Help and hope for women with PCOS
This book is the first to embrace the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit for women with PCOS. It offers hope and help and suggests that being diagnosed with PCOS can in many cases be a good thing. PCOS offers a rare opportunity to see the future and change it through lifestyle changes and complementary therapies and medicines if needed. Looking through the window of PCOS this book offers an abundance of hope, knowing that the symptoms of today can be managed and complications of tomorrow, such as diabetes, heart disease, infertility, can be prevented. A solid performer I'd recommend this book to any women with PCOS.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent self-help tool
A great addition to the PCOS literature out there covering all the old ground but also adding in new and extremely helpful information about diet and self help techniques. It's beautifully written and clear and consistent throughout. As a PCOS sufferer myself I highly recommend it to other women with PCOS. Good to know that at long last this complex condition is being taken seriously and given the attention and respect it deserves. ... Read more


8. Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping With Infertility
by Alice D., Ph.D. Domar, Alice Lesch Kelly
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Infertility is a heartbreaking condition that affects nine million American couples each year. It causes tremendous stress, can trigger debilitating sadness and depression, and can tear a marriage to shreds. In Conquering Infertility, Harvard psychologist Alice Domar—whom Vogue calls the "Fertility Goddess"—provides infertile couples with what they need most: stress relief, support, and hope. Using the innovative mind/body techniques she has perfected at her clinic, Domar helps infertile women not only regain control over their lives but also boost their chances of becoming pregnant.

With Conquering Infertility, women learn how to cope with infertility in a much more positive way and to carve a path toward a rich, full, happy life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
I have been going thru infertility for over 3 years now, I picked up this book and at first had an attitude with it, how dare she say I do all of these things and I'll get pregnant. Then a day or two later I remembered that I did do a mind/body program at our local hospital and I DID get pregnant with my next IVF cycle. (I did loose the baby at 11 weeks due to other medical problems). Not saying that this is the all in all answer, but I do believe that being in touch with your inner being is a good thing. I run a peer group infertility group and have recommended this to everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful information
My husband and I have been going through infertility for over 5 years. I wish we had this book years ago. It answered so many questions on tests, procedures and what happens next. Great book to have.

3-0 out of 5 stars Informative but too much of a marketing tool for author
After having read several books on infertility, I must say that this one was the one I liked the least. Although there were sections that were very informative, the author ended every other paragraph with, "if you come to my mind-body classes, you will get pregnant." All of us who are going through this infertility rollercoaster, truly believe that going to our doctor, following his/her plan of treatment and doing only good things for ourselves, will bring a positive result. We don't need someone telling us that we should travel or look out for the next workshop in order to guarantee fertility. Too subjective and author had her own agenda which doesn't make for a positive experience. There are other books that can help you cope with infertility rather than tell you that what you're doing is wrong. Try Laugh-in Infertility. I could not stop laughing with this book and it made me feel better about my situation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely incredible!!! Definitely a "MUST READ"!!!
I'm not the most avid reader in my house, that title belongs to my husband. This book was definitely the exception! To use my husband's words, I completely devoured this book!

Every issue I had dealing with PCOS and with Trying To Conceive was dealt with in this book. The book is very easy to read, very easy to understand, and is incredible! You can really tell that Alice Domar knows exactly what she's talking about, and really has been counseling couples dealing with these same issues - they were the exact same issues we had been dealing with, and for someone to put it into words as wonderfully as she has...it was very enlightening.

Everyone who is trying to conceive and has PCOS MUST read this book as soon as possible.

Thanks millions Alice!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I found this book to be very informative. There are two books that I would recommend to every person experiencing infertility. This one and the new book, What to Expect When You're NOT Expecting. ... I hope this review will make a difference and that's you'd read both books and be on your way to coping with infertility. ... Read more


9. Helping the Stork : The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination
by Carol FrostVercollone, HeidiMoss, RobertMoss
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Helping the Stork The sourcebook for all the information parents-to-be need to know about the choices and challenges of donor insemination Each year donor insemination (DI) offers a pathway to parenthood for the hundreds of thousands who turn to family-building alternatives. Although DI is considered as often as adoption, couples facing male infertility, as well as single women and lesbian couples, have had few places to turn for information about this method, which has been shrouded in secrecy. In Helping the Stork, parents-to-be, as well as friends and family, doctors, and counselors, can explore the choices and challenges raised by this alternative to overcoming childlessness. This comprehensive handbook moves through each step of the process: reaching a solid decision about whether donor insemination is the best choice for a family's future; handling the difficult issue of privacy; selecting a donor and getting started; and learning to thrive as a family meeting DI's added challenges. Full of wisdom from medical and mental health experts, Helping the Stork is also enriched with stories from many families who share their insights and experiences. This book is a reassuring, supportive, and helpful guide that no one considering or going through the process of donor insemination should be without. Visit us online at http://www.mcp.com/mgr ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I wish there were more books on this subject!
This book was great. After doing much research, I've found that finding information on donor insemination is difficult. I knew so little about DI (donor insemination) that I wasn't even sure what questions to ask. This book gave me a lot of information and enough knowledge to make a list of good, informed questions to ask my doctor. I do agree with one reviewer that it focuses a bit too much on the emotional aspect, but DI is an emotional decision. I disagree with the reviewer who said this book pushes parents to not tell their child of their DI origins. I found it to be the opposite and it seemed to me that the authors were for telling the child of their conception.

I gave this book 4 stars because, even though it is a very good information source, there is a lot more they could have added, and a good deal they could have left out. More information on the medical and financial aspect of DI and fewer anecdotes would have given this book a 5 star rating in my opinion. All in all, it's an excellent book for someone just beginning the DI process and needing a basic guide.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some useful info but not quite enough detail
While this book gave me an overview of the basic process of donor insemination (DI), its pitfalls and successes, I found myself wanting...more. More information, more details on exactly how it all works, why, statistics, etc. This book is, in my opinion, more focused on the emotions of dealing with infertility -- complete with little vignettes *ad nauseum* from DI parents -- the DI process and dealing with postpartum DI concerns. (While those issues are indeed important and that info useful, it wasn't really what I had expected the book to be majoratively focused on.)

For single women choosing to parent alone or for lesbian couples, you may find this book a little tiresome, as a good 90% of the language and content addresses couples and nearly every vignette/personal story (perhaps 98%) is from a DI couple. The authors are very upfront about this right in the foreword for the book, but they should perhaps be more forthcoming about that fact on the bookjacket/editorial description, as by then you've likely purchased the book. :-) In the meantime, I've ordered Single Mother by Choice (by Mattes) and have higher hopes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank good ness for this book!
This book was a wonderful tool for my husband and I when we were exploring DI as an option. This is the one book that truly addresses our unique infertility situation. None of the other infertility books spend more than a page talking about using donor sperm. This was wonderful!

4-0 out of 5 stars A great book to help with the loss!
I am a DI adoptee and I recommended this book to my mother. She really felt validated by the book. As an DI adoptee I also recommend "Adoption Forum" by Kasey Hamner. It covers DI from all angles. And those touched by DI are represented in many of the other topics. Oh, and remember, always disclose!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Helped me feel less unique
I agree with other reviewers that this book focuses more on the emotional side than the technical. However, I can get all the technical information I need from my doctor. What this book gave me was a sense that there are a LOT of others out there who are doing what I'm doing. It also helped me focus on and deal with all the stress that the process brings with it. I think you can get a lot out of this book even if you are not the hetero couple that is more targeted by the examples. You still have to deal with the issues between you and the child and the donor, no matter what your relationship is, and those chapters were very helpful. ... Read more


10. Getting Pregnant: What You Need To Know Right Now
by Colette Bouchez, Niels Lauersen
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Catlog: Book (2000-05-25)
Publisher: Fireside
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Whether you are young and fertile, over 40 and having trouble conceiving, or anywhere in between, here is the best resource to help you get pregnant.

The only must-have fertility book, Getting Pregnant, completely revised and updated, not only addresses the needs of those who cannot conceive but serves as the ultimate guide for anyone planning to have a baby, now or in the future. Addressing the newest, state-of-the-art medical treatments for infertility, Getting Pregnant gives you all the latest news on:

  • eight brand-new fertility drugs
  • donor eggs and donor sperm
  • a new 15-minute in-office surgery that can double conception odds
  • breakthrough technologies for preventing chronic miscarriage
  • how both sex and lifestyle factors affect fertility, including the "Nine to Five" guide for protecting your reproductive health on the job

Getting Pregnant also provides a wealth of practical information about the exercises, foods, and supplements that encourage a faster, healthier conception, as well as brand-new, all-natural techniques that influence the gender of your child. You'll also find a helpful six-month personal pregnancy planner that addresses all of your pre-conception health and medical needs.

Don't miss the new chapters that focus on protecting, increasing, and extending fertility, while new frontiers in both the treatment of male fertility and the science of motherhood are explored. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book - From a Fighter for Women's Rights
After reading the review by "Reader in New York" I just had to add my comments. Yes, Dr. Lauersen, the author of Getting Pregnant, is a convicted felon - but he was convicted because he tried to help women get their fertility treatments covered by their insurance company, by doing dual procedures - a combination surgery and fertility treatment. Because of Dr. Lauersen's case, women of New Jersey, and soon, New York will have laws in place that force insurance companies to pay for their fertility treatments - laws Dr. Lauersen gave up his freedom for.

If anything, this man is a hero who has made a significant contribution to women's rights - by fighting an insurance system that pays for a man's Viagra but won't pay for medication to help a woman's ovaries.

His book is wonderful - filled with great medical advice and information and if you let this one misinformed person influence you, you will be passing up one of the truly great books on fertility ever written. It has helped many, many women get pregnant and I am certain it can help almost anyone who buys it.

Anyone who believes every woman has the right to be a mother, and anyone who truly values the American family, should support Dr. Lauersen, and his books, and not condemn him, or his hard work.

5-0 out of 5 stars May 2000 Edition of "Getting Pregnant" is my New Bible!
I suffer from infertility and endometriosis. The latest edition of "Getting Pregnant" is excellent and a huge improvement from the last edition. It has been completely revised and updated for the millenium with all of the latest information on infertility treatment and fertility procedures. I feel that this would be one of the most helpful books for anyone who is trying to get pregnant (and I own A LOT of fertility books). I also consider this to be a great source of information for couples who are suffering from infertility.

The 2000 edition contains a bunch of new information and is twice the size of the 1992 edition. It includes the more "advanced" fertility info on immune disorders, male infertility, diet & "fertility foods", preventing miscarriage, new fertility surgeries, latest on high-tech fertility procedures, latest on fertility drugs and as well as the more basic information on how to increase your chances of conceiving, etc. (stuff for "beginners").

I finally did conceive last month, but I sadly miscarried 2 weeks ago. I was looking for pregnancy loss books, when I noticed that my "Getting Pregnant" book had been updated. I decided to purchase this book instead of a miscarriage book. I am really glad I did! It has helped me look forward to resuming my infertility treatment so I can try to get pregnant again. I am also looking forward to discussing many of the things that I learned from this book with my Reproductive Endocrinologist at our next consultation.

I really appreciate how encouraging Dr. Laurensen is. He is positive and upbeat, while remaining realistic. I am going through a really difficult time right now and this book has "lifted my spirits" a little bit. The book is also very easy to read, eventhough it covers some very technical stuff. It is very "reader-friendly"!

Much thanks to Dr. Laurensen and Ms. Bouchez for revising and updating their book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
Everything you would want to know about your fertility. The chapters are detailed and gave me the kind of information to target my most fertile time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Easy to Read!
This book is so helpful and very easy to read with short snippets into the workings on women's bodies. It tells you what to do and what not to do and even follows through eating and exercise to increase your fertility. I refer to it often...and I recommend this to all my friends.

4-0 out of 5 stars very, very detailed
This book goes into excruciating detail about fertility and all factors that may enhance or detract from fertility. You'll learn more about the female and male reproductive systems from this book than you'll learn from any biology course. The authors discuss in detail all types of things that can threaten fertility (endometriosis, PID, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, abortions, IUDs, ectopic pregnancies) and discusses how to avoid them. They also cover workplace threats to fertility, STDs, how your OB can help protect your fertility -- After discussing fertility issues, the authors move to how to conceive, discussing sex, body fat & dieting, fitness, stress, diet, and other preparations. The book even boasts of a "revolutionary fertility diet." Finally, the authors discuss the many ways that science can help you conceive -- fertility surgeries, treatments for male infertility, drugs, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and donor egg and embryo transplant. I found this book to be like a textbook of sorts -- comprehensive & full of "evidence" and "facts." Frankly, I think there is way too much information in the book to be useful as a general guide; rather it would be more useful as a reference book for how to deal with specific issues. Nonetheless, given the pain associated with fertility issues, it's all worth a try. ... Read more


11. The Infertility Survival Handbook: Everything You Never Thought You'd Need to Know
by Elizabeth Swire Falker
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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After seven years of tests and more tests, treatments and more treatments, Elizabeth Swire-Falker understands what it means to struggle with infertility. In this frank, reassuring, and thoroughly researched handbook, she shares her own personal experience and offers insight into what challenges to expect along the way-from getting support to finding the right doctor xto dealing with insurance. She helps readers:

€ Navigate the maze of infertility tests and treatments
€ Handle the financial strain and marital stress that accompany the treatments € Formulate questions to ask doctors and nurses and learn to be their own advocate for good medical care € Understand the options:

-IUIs
-IVF
-traditional adoption
-embryo adoption
-donor eggs
-gestational surrogacy
-the virtues of living child-free

Swire-Falker will tell readers straight-as only a best girlfriend will. This is the only guide anyone will need for navigating such a difficult course.
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5-0 out of 5 stars WISH I HAD READ SOONER!
I just received this book and wish I had read it sooner. I've been living through infertility for over six years and if I had read this book earlier I may have saved myself so much frustration and heartache! This book tells it like it is and gives me so much information I feel that I can confront my doctors and my treatment choices with authority! I big thank you to the author for sharing her intimate experience and making me feel that I'm not alone in this world. Every infertility patient (or even those women (or men) who have yet to be diagnosed but fear the worse) should read this book! It doesn't matter if you are headed into your first consult or on your fourth IVF - this book is a Godsend!

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You Ms. Swire-Falker!
For writing a book that is easy to read yet so full of information. In the two years of dealing with infertility, I have never read a book that was written as if the author was a good friend and talking to me. But, yet, Swire-Falker accomplishes that with this book. There is so much information in this book and presented in a comfortable and easily digested manner. Swire-Falker covers so much in this book: Finding a good RE or Fertility Clinic, Testing, Diagnosis, Treatment Options, Affording Infertility, Understanding Your Cycle, Beginning IF Treatments and more. This book has it all! Ms. Swire-Falker, THANK YOU for writing this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended highly for TTCers
I met Elizabeth years ago when tryingtoconceive.com began. I am so impressed with Elizabeth's candid and heartwrenching journey to achieve pregnancy. Thank you Elizabeth for sharing those intimate fears and details with us so that we now know we are not alone.

Momma Kath of www.TryingToConceive.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Save TIME Save $: Read this book!
After 5 years of infertility treatment our resources and emotions were depleted, and the last of my child-bearing years were slipping away. Finally, after reading this book, I know that somebody understands. Oh how I wish I had read it sooner. I sure would have done things differently. Swire Falker has been there and she teaches you how to navigate your way through the infertility maze. Don't let yourself be taken advantage of by doctors who continually use trial and error as a strategy. Read this book and learn how to choose the right doctor and ask the right questions. Swire Falker will help you become informed about the unique reasons behind your own infertility. No more naivete......Become empowered!

5-0 out of 5 stars AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE IF YOU'RE DEALING WITH INFERTILITY
Heartfelt, honest and exceptionally well-informed, this is a book to read and re-read if anyone in your family is having trouble conceiving. Every imaginable option--including the latest "state of the art" medical treatment--is described in detail. The author's recommendations throughout come from well-documented personal experience.

This is an immensely useful reference that's helpful on many levels--from the medical to the intensely personal. It's written with a dash of wit and an eye for the special needs of those who are actually going though infertility treatments. Recommended. ... Read more


12. The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy--Naturally--and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health
by Katie Singer
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The Garden of Fertility is a guide to using fertility awareness-that is, reading fertility signals in order to prevent or achieve pregnancy. Certified fertility educator Katie Singer explains how to observe and chart fertility cycles to determine when a woman is most fertile to increase chances of conception, or to exercise birth control naturally-a method that, when followed precisely, is as effective as the Pill. Unlike other books on fertility awareness, The Garden of Fertility also describes how to use the charts to gauge gynecological health and offers nonmedical options for strengthening reproductive wellness. This book provides all the information women never learned in sex education class, but should have. ... Read more


13. The Whole Person Fertility Program(SM) : A Revolutionary Mind-Body Process to Help You Conceive
by NIRAVI B. PAYNE
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Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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Women having difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term will gain much wisdom from this book. Basing her program on the mind-body connection, author Niravi Payne has developed a therapeutic program for connecting with one's inner self to uncover the reasons behind fertility problems. In a nutshell, that means that women who can't conceive may not want to conceive in the first place. They may have other psychological barriers to conception, such as feeling that their partner isn't right for them, or ambivalence over what they see is a trade-off between motherhood and their career. "Emotions, whether conscious or unconscious, provoke physical responses," says Payne. She says that the most sophisticated fertility treatments in the world won't help women whose infertility is purely emotionally based, but for women who are using in vitro fertilization and other high-tech treatments, her program will greatly enhance the chances of conception.

(While she's helped hundreds, if not thousands, of women become pregnant, she doesn't reveal the percentage of her patients who've successfully given birth. She says that all her clients are given a new ability to heal themselves, which makes the process of adoption and other parenting alternatives--including the choice of not having children--easier to consider for those women who eventually come to terms with their infertility.)

Because the emotions that affect fertility have roots as far back as childhood, Payne's program--a "healing journey"--is very thorough and requires a great deal of self-exploration and analysis. What are your attitudes toward childbirth? How has your past molded your present? Have you fully mourned for past abortions, miscarriages, or stillbirths? How have repressed emotions contributed to your infertility symptoms or other female health problems?

While Payne's book focuses on women's fertility, she also includes information about how the mind-body program can apply to men. She also includes copious recommendations for additional reading and resources for biofeedback equipment, lists of holistic medical doctors, and addresses and phone numbers of foundations and associations for further help and support. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Whole Person Fertility Program
I whole-heartedly recommend this book and its results. In addition to reading this book I went through about two years of therapy with Niravi, which changed my life. I think the readers who interpreted what she is saying with the attitude that if you don't get pregnant by following what she suggests, that it's all in your mind, and it's your fault, have it all wrong. That is exactly the thinking that I was stuck in, and had created as a self-blame mechanism that I carried around with me all of my life. Her goal is not to have you blame yourself, but to look at your life and try to understand how and why you have come to have the beliefs that you do, which may not be your fault at all. They can be very strong family influences, work influences and society influences that keep you and your mind locked in patterns of behavior that affect how your body responds to stress, illness or disease. I believe the mind has a huge affect on your health and how well your body works, and I believe medicine is only just starting to catch on to this idea. That is the basis for Niravi's program. I finally examined how I was really living my life and whether that way was compatible with what I was saying was my goal to have a baby. My life was not compatible with having a baby before I worked with Niravi. I tried for 10 years to get pregnant. I finally forgave myself for all the mistakes and failures, but it took a long time to do. I am now 7 1/2 months pregnant, which I had not expected to happen. I give a lot of credit to Niravi for helping me stop blaming myself and to get on with my life. Hope she can help you too.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
I purchased this book since I haven't been able to conceive after many years of trying, and it was recommended in "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom". I believe in the mind/body connection but there is an inherent risk in focusing on this: we feel even MORE guilty when we don't conceive since it MUST be in our minds! This book is written in a very positive, supportive tone, however.

I was turned off by the focus on older, "professional" infertile women and lesbian couples. Why not give examples of a more average type of woman? I understand that these minority groups need support and perhaps their stories exemplified what the author was trying to convey, but I just couldn't relate to them. I also have a hard time believing that the mind is to blame for all ailments. One example is a woman with "hard" eggs who became a softer person and got pregnant. Please! Perhaps unbalanced hormones are caused by an unbalanced psyche but I hesitate to blame my "family patterns" for my fibroid, polyps and blocked tubes.

I tried doing the suggested exercises but found myself yawning and procrastinating. Hopping on the wings of a butterfly...all I could think of was that the butterfly's wings were going to break and I would fall to my death in the lovely meadow below.

I would only recommend this book to women who have unexplained infertility, especially older women.

1-0 out of 5 stars I think the other reviews are based on the free preview...
I've *actually* read the entire book and it's a peice of trash, I actually threw it away it disgusted me so much. The author said that if you don't tell people you're pregnant your baby will think he/she is not wanted and you can miscarry because of that! Unbelievably ignorant, this author has obviously never dealt with miscarriage or infertility. I picked up this book thinking it would have natural remedies(you know like herbs) and it's a lot of meditations and visualizations which is fine and good for anyone trying to conceive but with infertility I don't care how many times I pray to buddah it's just not going to happen without a doctor's help. Don't waste your time on the rest of the book, it's not worth it and they wouldn't give a huge preview if it was

5-0 out of 5 stars Mind body link
Great book with lots of providing lots of insight to all the things we carry with us from childhood and adulthood that affect the way we handle infertility. It helped me face my fears and realize how my families attitudes towards pregnancy and failure have affected me. Highly reccommend...

5-0 out of 5 stars a book for the thinking woman.
I bought this book because I have been married for 10 years and have no children with my husband, I had a teenage pregnancy and placed my daughter with an adoptive family. I have no diagnosis as to why I can't conceive. According to Doctors there is nothing wrong, go home relax, try weight watchers. This is the first book that looks at the emotional baggage we all carry. For the first time I am dealing with my infertility not as a physical unknown problem but as a layered emotional wall that stands between me and my future children. For those of us who think about and feel things deeply there is a lot that can be learned from this book. Our childhood follows us into adulthood, even if we tell it not too. Our teenage years of rebellion continue into our adulthood long after we have had our last emposed curfue. Some how we are still rebelling against our parental influences just on another level. "I won't ever be a parent like mine were." "I don't hold the same truths about children and growing up that my parents do." "I'll never be as good a parent as my parents think I should be." This book allows you to systematically look into all the corners of your heart and find out what is really preventing you from moving into the next stage of living. I am really glad that I took the chance on this book. I highly recommend it for all those who over think things and tend to have strong emotions that run deep on most subjects. ... Read more


14. Maximize Your Vitality & Potency: For Men Over 40
by Jonathan V. Wright M.D., Lane Lenard Ph.D.
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Catlog: Book (1999-02-15)
Publisher: Smart Publications
Sales Rank: 70410
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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A non-drug regimen helps men over 45 preserve health, strength, mental energy, and sexual function. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I love the book!
Dr Wright has a remarkable ability to translate complex scientific issues into clear, easily, understandable plain English. His interpretations are clear impartial, and unrelentingly logical. In addition, his implications concerning clinical relevancy are completely appropriate. His grasp of this issues and his knowledge of scientific evidence beyond the conventional pharmaceutical claims are truly remarkable.

Dr Wrights new book does for male balance and health what he, I, and others have tried to do for female hormone balance and health.

The issues raised by Drs. Wright and Lenard concerning male health are just as important as the new understandings we now have concerning female health

Confused about male heart disease, sexual potency and prostate problems? Read this new book by Drs. Wright and Lenard to learn the truth. We are in an age of rapidly expanding scientific knowledge. Should we trust the pharmaceutical industry to determine what treatment decisions are best for you? This book provides the information on male hormones and male health problems that you need to know. ...

I love the book. The title is a bit misleading. The book covers much more than just Vitality & Potency. The knowledge about testosterone and the heart is as important as anything else in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book - get it.
I've read this book. It was an easy and straight-forward read. I liked the information it gave regarding testosterone injections. It would be most helpful if doctors started updating their knowledge on Male Hormone Therapy. Since reading this book and taking the natural supplement "THOR-Plex," I have been so much better off... I plan to buy a few other books on the subject here at Amazon and read up some more on this fascinating subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Dr. Wright...
With conventional medicine so bent on testosterone as the "bad guy", bringing declining hormone levels back to healthy levels makes sense. Women have hormone imbalance from estrogen dominance and lack of progesterone production - are we guys exempt? I especially enjoy Dr. Wright's emphasis on natural testosterone supplementation at normal psysiological levels instead of synthetic testosterone at much higher doses with all the side effects. And he has the studies to back him up. Once one understands that pharmaceutical companies cannot patent natural products, then it makes sense why many doctors are not educated in using natural products when appropiate. Dr. Wright's work is timely, relavent, and a fun read. I highly recommend it to any man over 40.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but without specifics
I found this to be an interesting book on a subject all toofrequently overlooked or bypassed as unimportant. The book gives anexcellent overview of concepts, but falls short in recommending any sort of program to improve testosterone levels. Excercise, programs to minimize the effect of SBH, blocking testerone to estrogene conversion etc were touched on but no specifics given.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book helps bridge the gap of ignorance about testosterone and its benifits. Especially natrual testosterone. The notes about the side effects of man made and the benifits of natural are extremely interesting. More men are having simptoms of low testosterone in the early thirties and this book is a must read for them. Most family doctors do not understand the importance of the difference between bound and free testosterone. This is a good book to have your doctor review. If they won't, change doctors. ... Read more


15. The Everything Getting Pregnant Book: Professional, Reassuring Advice to Help You Conceive (Everything Series)
by Robin Elise Weiss
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Adams
Sales Rank: 119639
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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For many couples, getting pregnant can be a harrowing and emotionally draining experience.In fact, one in every six couples of childbearing age has a problem conceiving.

The Everything Getting Pregnant Book is a one-of-a-kind fertility book that outlines the steps to follow when planning for a pregnancy, such as discontinuing birth control methods, exercising, and eating well.This exhaustively researched guide also provides explanations of a wide-range of fertility treatments available today, what they entail, and their success rates - allowing parents to choose their treatment wisely.

The Everything Getting Pregnant Book helps readers understand:

  • Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Fertility surgery
  • Low-tech fertility aids
  • Male and female factor infertility
  • Medication therapy
  • Menstrual cycle basics

    Whether couples are thinking about pregnancy and want to plan ahead or are already trying and have not yet met with success, The Everything Getting Pregnant Book will have them getting up for 3 A.M. feedings in no time. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE BOOK!!
    Wow! What an extensive, down to earth book EVERYTHING getting pregnant! This author really knows the topic inside and out, and presents it to the reader in a very understandable format. I've only had it for a week, and couldn't put it down. If you are ever considering having a baby, read this first and find out what to do to get your body ready, and to know your body's signals. ... Read more


  • 16. Overcoming Impotence: A Leading Urologist Tells You Everything You Need to Know
    by J. Stephen, Md. Jones, Bob Dole
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    Asin: 1591021286
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Prometheus Books
    Sales Rank: 308711
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book now!
    Never before has such comprehensive and state-of-the-art medical information been so inviting and enjoyable. This superbly-written guide appeals to all, from the afflicted to the curious. It has become an integral part of my treatment algorithm. Finally--Chicken Soup for the pole!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on a delicate subject
    If you have questions about impotence, this book has the answers!

    Dr. Jones has taken a subject that in the best of circumstances is difficult to discuss, and made it practical and approachable. He dispels the myths about impotence in a humorous and tactful manner while providing hope and options for treatment. He combines useful information with humor in a style that is very appealing.

    Anyone who wants/needs information about impotence should start with this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Engaging style on a serious subject
    No matter your age or gender, if impotence--or fear of impotence--has crept into your life, buy this book NOW!

    Dr. Stephen Jones, noted urologist and researcher, takes the mystery and trepidation out of this formerly-taboo topic with candor, thoroughness, and refreshing humor. (I laughed out loud, no kidding!) No aspect of the male sexual organ and its functioning is left undiscussed, nor is the female disregarded, for Dr. Jones helps the reader understand how the physical and psychological relationship between man and woman affects sexual satisfaction.

    Eschewing jargon and technical language, Dr. Jones' down-to-earth, insightful, and respectful approach to his subject makes for a highly readable, easily understandable book. Readers learn what matters, what doesn't, and the many steps that can be taken to to eliminate or at least minimize erectile dysfunction. What a joy to find such a thorough and engaging book on this difficult subject. ... Read more


    17. Making a Baby : Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant
    by Debra Fulghum Bruce, Samuel S. Thatcher M.D. Ph.D.
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    Asin: 0345435435
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-05)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 23916
    Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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    You may have waited a long time. You may have tried and tried.
    Now your chances of having a baby are better than ever!

    There have been remarkable advances in fertility technology and choices in the last few years, with pregnancy success rates skyrocketing. Now Making a Baby provides the information you need to become your most fertile--and increase your chances for having the baby you've always wanted. Up-to-date, comprehensive, written with compassion and clarity, this book reveals how to protect, increase, and extend your fertility, with essential information on:

    - The optimal frequency, timing, and sexual positions for getting pregnant
    - Surprising new findings on which foods and exercise programs boost fertility--and which ones actually decrease your chances
    - Advances in baby-boosting medications--and a complete assessment of risks, costs, and alternatives
    - Breakthrough medical techniques that help achieve pregnancy without the risk of multiples
    - Avoiding the common--and often hidden--threats to fertility at work, at home, and in public places
    - Choosing the A.R.T. (assisted reproductive technology) that's right for you
    - Special issues for midlife mothers
    - What every man should know about his long-term reproductive health
    - How to minimize emotional stress and keep your relationship strong
    - How to work with your HMO to get the right treatments--at the right cost

    This detailed, insightful, and meticulously researched book will help guide you to a wonderful new beginning as a parent!
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Super focus on Natural ways to get pregnant & have a baby.
    Excellent book and I highly recommend to couples who are wanting to start a family. While we were not diagnosed as infertile, the book had great tips on how to prepare the body for conception and pregnancy, and my husband and I learned a great deal. It's easy to read and understand, and the section on alternative methods to reduce stress was superb, and the diet section was excellent.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book that brought results--twin grandsons!!
    This book is REAL--it's not a faddish book that tells you to eat more soy products to boost fertility. Nor is it a highly medical book that uses terms you cannot even understand. This book gives you the facts, medical studies, patient case studies, and an expert RE'S program for ways to get pregnant. If you are having difficulty getting pregnant, the authors suggest the most common problems and let you know how these are easily treated or managed with medications or procedures so a healthy baby results.

    I bought this book for my daughter and son-in-law when they had tried for two years to conceive but with no luck. They read the book, and then talked with their doctors. Today they have beautiful twin boys, thanks to this book and the help of a brilliant reproductive endocrinologist who treated my son-in-law's male factor infertility. There is hope!!! There are answers. This book offers the best of science, along with practical advice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I urge all couples to read this book.
    Whether you have been diagnosed as "infertile," or are just thinking about starting a family, I urge all couples to read this book. You can help yourself or someone you love to understand the facts about getting pregnant, as well as stumbling blocks that can hinder fertility. The authors have provided a reasonable and scientifically sound book that addresses normal pregnancy and infertility, and have given a wealth of information on PCOS, miscarriage, older mothers, and male factor infertility, as well as low-tech and high-tech solutions that really work. An amazing read for anyone contemplating starting a family!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful, detailed and full of hope!
    A superb book on a very sensitive subject. The authors give great insight into the problem of infertility, esp. with people waiting later to start families, and reiterate the hope of having children using the new techologies available. While many books present the high-tech solutions, the authors wrote with such compassion,I could not put the book down until completion. The chapters on stress and natural therapies for resolving stress were extremely helpful to me and my husband. I recommend this book to all of our friends!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book will help men and women everywhere make a baby!
    If you wish you could ask your doctor questions about getting pregnant and infertility, you could find the answers in this book. The authors offer sensible and easy to understand advice that is based on the latest medical studies and journal reports.
    Making a Baby can help men and women everywhere understand the causes of infertility and then take action to overcome these barriers to have a healthy baby. Particularly appealing is the information on advances in baby-boosting medicaions and choices in assisted reproductive technology. This book is highly detailed but reader-friendly. It does not overwhelm you with medical verbage yet is well-researched. The program is sound and I highly recommend to both men and women. ... Read more


    18. Conceptions & Misconceptions: The Informed Consumer's Guide Through the Maze of in Vitro Fertilization & Assisted Reproduction Techniques
    by Arthur L. Wisot, David R. Meldrum
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    Asin: 0881792039
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Hartley & Marks Publishers
    Sales Rank: 91986
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Fully updated to include the latest scientific advancements, Conceptions and Misconceptions is a guided tour through the complex world of infertility treatments and clinics. Respected fertility specialists provide valuable knowledge to consumers about the proper diagnosis and treatment of infertility problems. They explore basic fertility enhancement methods, alternative treatments, and guide the reader through assisted reproduction techniques. This book helps demystify the "alphabet soup" of assisted reproduction. A new chapter explores alternative infertility treatments, including Chinese medicine, and the authors also provide tips for evaluating infertility programs. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have Book for Assisted Reproduction
    Conceptions & Misconception is truly the "must have" book for any couple faced with assisted reproduction. Whether you are just starting out and wondering if you should see your doctor about your difficulties conceiving or whether you have been at it for a while and have seen your fair share of doctors with little to show for your efforts, this book will offer you insight, information, perspective and most importantly, hope.

    Drs. Wisot and Meldrum explain every aspect of the conception process both as it should be in nature as well as the way it often is with assistance from medicine. They provide detailed yet simple explanations of the various medications, procedures and protocols that one may encounter during their treatment. Most importantly, they provide patients with the knowledge necessary for them to be "informed consumers", able to sit down with their doctors and ask the intelligent, relevant and critical questions in order to arrive at the best course of action to meet their situations, needs and expectations. This book will provide you with the information to genuinely be partner in your treatment.

    If you are not fortunate enough to live in the California area and be treated by these fine doctors, this is the next best thing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
    This is a great book! I recommend it to anyone that is having any problems having a baby! I also recommend it to friends and family of people having problems having a baby. I think it would help them understand what the person is going through.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wish I had it a year ago
    I thought I would provide a brief review of Dr. Wisot and Dr. Meldrum's book "Conceptions & Misconceptions" for those of you wondering if it is worth purchasing. I have already read half of the book and I think it is wonderful. I wish I had this book about one year ago to help me through this confusing and difficult process. The content is very helpful and written in a way that makes the information less confusing and overwhelming. What I have found is that a lot of the questions are answered in the book. I do recommend it to everyone. ... Read more


    19. In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies
    by Geoffrey Sher, Virginia Marriage Davis, Jean Stoess
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    Asin: 0816038279
    Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
    Publisher: Facts on File
    Sales Rank: 102421
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Organized and informative
    With IVF technology advancing so quickly, it's hard to find very up-to-date reading material on this subject. However this book is still a good reference and it's very organized and informative.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good information presented well
    This book has all the information you need to learn the ins and outs of this emotionally difficult process. It gave me all I needed to continue the discussions with my specialist and understand what he was suggesting and why. It also gave me a sense of a community of folks who are facing the same issues I am. This really helped me feel less alone and unusual.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the confused IVF newbie...
    I looked at every IVF book around and chose this one to help me through the IVF process. Things are explained in a way your fertility doctor would (or should) explain them, in a consise and easy-to-follow manner. What I like most about the book is that it only covers IVF, not all high-tech treatments. I highly recommend this book to those starting out on the road to IVF treatments.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative and organized
    We are a couple just starting the IVF process. While we read numerous web pages online, there was no clear, concise reference book that walks you through all the steps.

    "The Art of Making Babies" provides a detailed overview of each step in the process from the initial meeting with your physician to what to expect in the final stages. The book has answered many of our questions. In addition, the book also provides questions you should ask when looking for an IVF facility or entering a particular stage of the process.

    Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is informative, organized, and well written.
    This book provides individuals undergoing any type of assisted reproduction with a guide to help them in decision making by thoroughly informing them at their own pace. Now entering our second cycle of in vitro fertilization, I find myself reading certain chapters in the book for the third and fourth time. Each experience is different. Although a patient must rely heavily on the expertise of their physician, reproduction in this manner is an incredibly complex occurrence, creating many questions that this book accurately answers. I've come to depend on it greatly and find that it has become almost a constant sight on my reading table. I have found that much of the writing that has been done about in vitro fetilization was done so for the physician and clinician as the reader. This is a thorough, as well as current, explanation of what a patient can expect, and should look for when entering a program for assisted reproduction. - Kristie Greiss ... Read more


    20. Laughin'fertility: A Bundle of Observations for the Baby-making Challenged, Second Edition
    by Lisa Safran
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    Asin: 0966985818
    Catlog: Book (2004-04)
    Publisher: KOKO Press
    Sales Rank: 283683
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    Having trouble making a baby? Then you need laughter on your side! In "Laughin'fertility" -- a guide to laughter by "baby-making challenged" author Lisa Safran -- you'll discover a funny, new perspective on the procedures, methods, experiments and studies you are going through (or are about to start) in order to make a baby. For any couple who has been there you know that...sometimes it's better to laugh than to cry! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for the Baby Making Challenged!
    How refreshing! I am currently going through IVF treatment and amidst the shots and the raging hormones, this book brings it all into perspective, and leaves you feeling very positive. It finds humour in the darkest corners of infertility, a humor which can only be delivered by a fellow 'Baby Making Challenged' person. It's a very easy and entertaining read....it'll keep you sane and positive!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Laughed Out Loud!
    This book is a MUST for anyone facing infertility and is regularly subjected to that awful (AND RUDE) question, "So when are you two kids going to have kids?" Her responses to that question and many more are priceless. My only disappointment was that the book was more suited for couples facing IVF and have male factor infertility. But this was the first book I've read about infertility that really deals with the emotional coping aspect. And I'd much rather laugh than cry!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great and funny book
    Amidst all of the struggles of Infertility, this book helps you to take a step back and find humor in different situations. The book helps to make stressful situations laughable. Isn't laughter the best medicine?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Sweet & Light
    The book is a light, humorous look at infertility. However, I didn't know that the book was based solely on the author's personal experience. I was a little disappointed that the author did not address experiences with Clomid, for example. Nonetheless, the book was enjoyable, and anyone struggling with infertility can relate to it on some level.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Laughter is THE best medicine
    My family has always handeled things in life with humor, this book had me laugh out loud. It was a delight from start to finish. You will find yourself reading and giggle at the outragious things we are doing in the name of getting pregnant. What this endearing author has brought to light is the truely outgragious things that we put ourselves through, and we do it with a straight face - now that is funny! 'Experts' will tell you that inferitlity is very stressful, don't compromise your relationship, get this book and laugh together. To Lisa and your darling, supportive husband, thank you for writing this book. It was just what the Doctor ordered. Good Luck!!! I do want to know how the fertility game is going for the authors, did the invitro happen? Please tell us, we are praying for you! ... Read more


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