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What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems Paperback – June 7, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (June 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569243719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569243718
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the ultimate read for prospective parents dealing with fertility issues. I highly recommend it!" -- David R. Marks, M.D., M.P.A, medical reporter for WCBS-TV, New York and CBS Newspath and internal medicine specialist

"What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant by Daniel Potter and Jennifer Hanin guides you through the medical maze." -- Newsweek

"This easy-to-read, empathic guide covers every option for infertile couples wishing to conceive-and much more." -- Library Journal

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Natasha Greenberg
This book helped us understand the dynamics that occur during fertility treatments and when relationships are under immense stress.
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I found this book to be well organized, easy to read and very informative.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Regi B. Topol on May 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
I wish this book had been available years ago when my husband and I were trying to have a baby. We felt so alone and devastated that we were unable to conceive. Fortunately this no longer has to happen.

In "What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant", the authors carefully outline the many reasons why it is so difficult for couples to be successful in getting pregnant. Readers feel like a knowledgeable friend is giving them tips and facts in a succinct, and easy to understand manner.

The section explaining that a man may be part of the equation in this quest for a baby is very important. Men learn that they may be contributing to the situation and that there are solutions to alleviate most existing conditions.

The authors lay out a blueprint for the IVF process in a clear and conversational manner. They remove the unknowns, reveal the pitfalls, and highlight the benefits. The personal accounts interspersed throughout the chapters help readers know that they are not alone.

Another nice feature of this book is the authors actually have a sense of humor. It's not a typical "dry" read you might find when reading most fertility books.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. "What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant" is a "must read" for any couple contemplating fertlity treatment.

Regi Topol

Menlo Park, California
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Dale R on June 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is EXCELLENT and packed with all the information couples need to know when diving into fertility treatment. We had an especially hard time getting pregnant and after trying for several years considered egg donors and surrogates. We soon learned that this option left us with numerous questions that other books didn't sufficiently address.

The chapter on third party reproduction taught us everything we needed to know. Learning about other people's experiences including families who used a surrogate and hearing from a surrogate herself (and her husband) made us feel more at ease about the road ahead. The book not only answered all our questions but also emphasized areas that we hadn't thought about like finding the right professional team to make our path seamless.

We also were undecided about telling our future children how they came into the world but were pleased to find that this book has an entire chapter dedicated to the subject.

My wife and I recommend this book without reservation. It covered the IVF process the way we remembered it better than all the books we read. We have given What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant to a number of friends, and it's one of the few we would endorse.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Ted on June 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
My wife and I have one child with CF and even though we desperately want another we only recently decided to do it. We owe much of our newfound decision to the authors of What to Do When You Get Pregnant. The chapter on PDG (preimplantation genetic Diagnosis) answered all the questions we had about pre-genetic testing and gave us optimism to try again. We will rely on this book heavily as we begin the IVF process and will recommend it to everyone we know with fertility issues.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lane on June 21, 2005
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This book is everything the Library Journal Review said it would be and more. My wife ran across the review and couldn't stop talking about it. Here's some highlights straight from LJR (and also why we bought it):

"From natural family planning to high-tech methods like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and zygote and gamete intrafallopian transfers, this easy-to-read, empathic guide covers every option for infertile couples wishing to conceive-and much more...Other topics include sperm and egg donation; embryo donation and surrogacy; technologies that allow prescreening for genetic diseases, sex selection, and preselection of desirable traits; keeping a relationship healthy; deciding when to move on; and the role that legal and mental health professionals play in all these processes....This solid, up-to-date resource supplants Debra Fulghum Bruce and Samuel Thatcher's Making a Baby: Everything You Need To Know To Get Pregnant."

We have been going through some trying times as we sought to overcome our infertility and this book gave us the tools to not only understand the process but to navigate the ins and outs and ups and downs of treatment. Relationships have a way of drifting apart during treatment and this book gave us the life raft we needed to stay together and work it out. We highly recommend this book. If you don't have it, buy it now!
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Beth on July 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've tried reading several infertility books in the past, and while some seemed promising they were either too technical or too autobiographical. It wasn't until I broke down in tears to a friend that she recommended a new book, What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant.

I ordered this book and have been thanking her ever since. It's a huge improvement over some of the other books I've read and it really did speak to me and my husband. This was important to us because many of the books were either over our head or coming from a personal perspective that didn't resonate with us. But this wasn't the case with this book. It's comprehensive, encouraging, interesting and taught us things about our body and our condition that we would have never known.

For years, we blamed ourselves and often times each other but this book showed us that our situation isn't our fault. This made a huge difference in how we view ourselves and each other and it helped us get back on the same page. No matter what fertility method you're using the section on communication is priceless.

Another issue this book has helped us deal with is family and friends and how to handle the stress surrounding not being able to conceive. We've been TTC for five years and many times have gotten fed up with the constant concern over our problem.

This book was the first one to let us know that we don't have to tell anyone anything and that what we disclose is entirely up to us. This was a huge relief to us because by limiting the information flow we now get along better with our loved ones.

We're half way into our IVF cycle and are re-reading this book as we complete our round. It's an incredible resource and we're glad we didn't have to do it alone. Thanks a million! We highly recommend it!
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