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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452080798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452080796
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,902,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lori Green LeRoy is a published author and popular infertility blogger. She is also a woman with a large pair of birthing hips and a husband with an off-the-chart sperm count who has tried for more than six years to conceive both traditionally and with the help of modern science.  When she's not getting blood drawn or undergoing an ultrasound, she is a public relations and marketing professional who lives in Indianapolis with her husband and rescued pets-a Labrador Retriever and three cats.

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Lori Green LeRoy is a published author and popular infertility blogger (www.theinadequateconception.com). She is also a woman with a large pair of birthing hips and a husband with an off-the-chart sperm count who has tried for more than six years to conceive both traditionally and with the help of modern science. When she's not getting blood drawn or undergoing an ultrasound, she is a public relations and marketing professional who lives in Indianapolis with her husband and rescued pets -- two yellow English Labrador Retrievers and three cats.

She and her husband have been married more than 13 years, and are also in the process of trying to adopt a little boy from Vietnam (but it's not going well).

Despite being able to belt out a whooping 22 eggs during a retrieval and her husband's super sperm count, they have never been able to conceive. Throughout their quest to bring a baby into their lives, they have tried to keep our sanity and sense of humor and find the lighter side of infertility. Thus, she wrote The Inadequate Conception - From Barry White to Blastocytes: What your mom didn't tell you about getting pregnant in hopes that she can bring a little humor to a depressing and heartbreaking topic.

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Very light, easy reading on a very sensitive subject.
Karen's Perspective
A collection of anecdotes from people wrestling with infertility, The Inadequate Conception is relaxed and fun - like a conversation with a friend over coffee.
KeriMc
It is poignantly sweet to see this author showing humor to cope.
Tiffany A. Harkleroad

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MADMAN SEAN on December 24, 2010
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An AWESOME, MUST Read: Turning tears into Laughter page after page. Intelligently self-effacing with jaw dropping real experiences into the trials and challenges of infertility. Smartly documented with insights, sensitivity, openness and always a good dose of humor on top."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessi Stafford on November 24, 2012
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Thank you for sharing your experience. Their were parts that I couldn't help but laugh out loud. We are currently trying for baby number two and are having no luck. This book helped me pass the time during one of many two week waits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2011
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So many women have problems with fertility, and it is easy to feel angry and frustrated, as if everyone else is having babies but you. When the author and her husband began down the long, winding road of fertility treatments, she realizes that for her, the only way she is going to get through it is by keeping a sense of humor. She is not making light of infertility, as it is a very serious issue for so many women; instead, she is doing what she needs to do to get by.

This is such a charming book. I know so many women who have suffered the heartbreaking trial of infertility. And each woman handles it in her own way. It is poignantly sweet to see this author showing humor to cope. Her stories are honest to the point of complete vulnerability, and bound to make you chuckle, but also apt to make your heart ache a little.

I love the frankenss of this book. So many women who have struggled with fertility will find this book relatable. But I can also see where the book might be a difficult read for women not in a place where the can see any humor in their fertility trials and tribulations, so keep that in mind when reading or recommending the book. It may not be for everybody, and that is ok, because if this book can make just one woman smile and feel less alone in her journey toward motherhood, then in my opinion, it has done it's job well.

I received a touring copy of this book courtesy of Crazy Book Tours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on December 30, 2010
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Filled with giggles and tears, The Inadequate Conception has filled a void in resources for infertiles. I've read many books focused on medical explanations and interventions and a few geared toward soothing a scarred psyche, but never have I read such an honest, authentic take on the bumpy road to parenthood. Ms. LeRoy checks her pride at the door and invites the reader to take a peek at her most intimate moments; you'll be happy she did!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AGB on June 14, 2011
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I couldn't even finish reading this book, it was so poorly written. The author uses cliché after cliché to tell stories that generally don't even reach the point of amusing, let alone humorous. I had to stop reading all together when I came across the word "canoodling" used in place of "sex". Who speaks like that? Is this the 1950's and I'm not aware of it?

The book also seems to not really consider its intended audience with some of the material included. What infertile woman (I'm assuming the intended audience for this book) wants to hear stories about women who were pregnant and didn't know it, so they continued to try to get pregnant? These are not humorous stories from the perspective of women who are tracking their cycles so closely, they can rattle off their numbers related to cycle days and days past ovulation. The book also refers to an HSG as a surgical procedure, which anyone who has a basic knowledge of infertility screening knows is incorrect.

I picked up this book for a bit of humor and the only humor that I found was that the author actually got paid to write this book.
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By Andrea on July 8, 2012
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As many of you woman who are also TTC know, it's easy to obsess with anything baby related. I had moved my conception obsession from movies to books because I needed a change. I came Across this and had high hopes. But was quickly let down. Some of the time I couldn't make out if she was telling a story about herself or another. A lot of the stories meshed into each other. Majority of stories where left with no conclusion either. Did they get pregnant with what they were trying? I can appreciate how difficult IVF can be, but the whole book was basically about it. A lot of repeat stories as well. For once I would like to find a book that focuses on all aspects of TTC, not just IVF. Not one of my favorites sad to say.
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This is one of those books I wish I'd read before I started trying to conceive.

Lori's story is, frankly, mind-blowing, and yet, she manages to find humor in all of this, something I stopped doing within the first couple of years of my journey. And even though she ultimately gave up trying to conceive, she was able to gather funny stories from her own experience and that of others, and find a lighthearted way to share them in her book.

I really applaud Lori, for her courage. It's not easy to find the funny side of infertility, even when so much of what we put ourselves through is utterly ridiculous. And yet, having been on this journey myself, I couldn't help but read between the lines and see the hurt behind Lori's laughter. Had I read the book without my own experience. I would have appreciated her attitude and her determination to maintain her sense of humor - something that would have been very valuable to me.

Since stopping her fertility treatments, Lori and her husband have embarked on a journey to adopt a little boy. I wish her the very best of good fortune and trust that her wicked sense of humor continues to serve her well.
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