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About the Author

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and educated throughout the capitols of Europe as an obstetrician/gynecologist and fertility expert, Dr. Niels Lauersen has dedicated more than four decades to treating and educating women about their health, in both US and abroad. He is the author of over 100 medical papers published in journals worldwide and he is the founder of The New York Medical Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Lauersen is the author of eight books on women's health including his groundbreaking gynecology guide It's Your Body and his international bestselling guide to fertility Getting Pregnant: What You Need to Know. Dr. Lauersen is also the medical director of GettingPregnantNow.org, the premier online site for pregnancy and fertility information.

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Introduction: The Really Good News About Getting Pregnant

When I was in medical school in the 1960s, the birth control pill was the prescription of the decade. Indeed, young men and women were far more concerned with avoiding pregnancy than with getting pregnant. Happily, this is no longer the case. Today, getting pregnant is something more and more couples view as a joyous life-expanding experience to be celebrated and cherished. And, too, we have seen the "birth" of the single mother, with many women choosing to honor the alarm on their biological clock by becoming mothers whether or not they have a suitable mate in mind.

Fortunately, along with these changes in our attitude about pregnancy came some equally important scientific advances that made it faster and easier for all women to get pregnant, and for most couples to achieve their parenting goals.

  • New information about both male and female biology has given us ways to encourage not only faster but healthier conceptions, with fewer chances for miscarriage and birth defects.

  • Discoveries concerning the cause of infertility have given us new ways for men and women to protect their childbearing ability as well as their sexual vitality while they safely postpone childbearing.

  • Outstanding advances in nutritional therapy have given us new ways to harness the power of vitamins and minerals and in the process helped us not only reduce the risk of birth defects but also protect and even increase fertility, in both men and women.

  • Stellar progress made in the treatment of infertility itself -- including powerful new medications, new forms of microsurgery, and brand-new laboratory-assisted procedures -- has not only allowed more previously infertile couples to get pregnant, but has given us new ways that even parents over age thirty-five can have a safer, healthier pregnancy.

In fact, thanks to what we have learned in the past several years alone, almost every woman who wants to have a baby can have one!

Why I Wrote This Book

Although the field of reproductive medicine continues to explode with new advances, my deep commitment to fertility research goes back several decades. As a member of several key scientific teams I have devoted thousands of hours to reproductive research, and my work has taken me around the world more than three times, to the capitals of Europe where the first "test tube" baby was conceived, to Russia, South America, and the Far East -- anywhere I could learn the latest information on the reproductive system. Beginning in 1990, I joined forces with a team of dedicated physicians and researchers to create a medical center specifically to deal with infertility problems. As a result I have been able to see, firsthand, the exciting, almost miraculous ways in which the field of reproductive medicine has continued to grow, and how it can and does change peoples lives.

  • Couples who were thought to be hopelessly infertile are now able to conceive and deliver not just one, but two and three perfect children.

  • Those who previously miscarried up to fifteen times are now giving birth to healthy, full-term babies.

  • Women who thought they were "too old" to have a baby are now giving birth to wonderful, beautiful children. Even those women who reach menopause prematurely -- in their mid-forties, for example -- have brand-new options for having a baby of their own.

Time and again my colleagues and I have witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of our fertility patients who are able to have all-natural conceptions and healthy pregnancies just by making a few simple dietary and lifestyle changes.

As astounding and important as these advances were, as I traveled the country giving lectures and making television appearances, I began to see that too many couples were still not taking advantage of all the possibilities. My colleague and coauthor Colette Bouchez, an award-winning and respected medical journalist and researcher, began to see the same thing, even among her sophisticated urban readers. While we both did our best to bring much of the good news about reproductive medicine to the public, we could see that too often, too many couples were still "in the dark" about all of their options. While some, certainly, had the basic information about such procedures as in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination, both Colette and I were continually amazed at how few people were informed about the really dramatic advances. Indeed, even many physicians were not aware of some of the great and relatively easy new fertility procedures that we knew could change people's lives.

Thus, we conceived the idea for this book -- a resource and a guide to the newest, most important fertility information available today, data that has made and will continue to make a significant difference in people's lives. It is our hope that this book will make a difference in your life as well.

Part One: How the New Discoveries Can Help You

If you are planning to have a baby in the very near future or even if you haven't yet decided when motherhood will be right for you, knowing the factors that could affect your childbearing potential will enable you to take the necessary steps to protect your reproductive options and ensure that your body remains ready for pregnancy throughout your childbearing years. Part One of this book was developed to help you do just that.

It begins by exploring the very latest information on how your reproductive system functions and what biological factors can cause it to malfunction. It also explains how you can use your family history to help predict fertility problems and discusses the preventative treatments you can begin right now. It also shows how the ways in which you and your partner live, work, and play may be affecting your reproductive health, and suggests things you both can do, starting today, to make the most of your most fertile years. In Part One you will also discover:

  • New information on how your immune system affects your fertility, and on the power boosters that can save your reproductive health

  • How to tell if your job is harming your fertility

  • The influence that alcohol, caffeine, and medication, as well as cell phones, computers, and other new technologies may be having on your reproductive health, and the steps you can immediately take to protect your childbearing options

  • The kind of birth control to use to safely postpone a pregnancy without harming your fertility

Here, you'll also find a primer on the most common sexually transmitted diseases, with new information on how to keep even the most devastating infections from harming your reproductive health. You'll learn to recognize the early signs and symptoms -- in both yourself and your partner -- and find out the latest treatment options.

And, finally, you 'll learn important new truths about male fertility, along with vital new ways your partner can protect his virility and his potency, while decreasing your risk of miscarriage and protecting your baby from birth defects.

Part Two: Getting Pregnant Right Now -- More Good News

If you are thinking about getting pregnant in the near future, and especially if you are actively trying to conceive right now, Part Two was written for you. It provides the very latest information on the factors that may influence your immediate ability to conceive, and to sustain a healthy pregnancy.

In this section you'll find:

  • Breakthrough treatments for preventing miscarriage -- and what you can do before you conceive to reduce your risks

  • The links between dieting and conception -- and how to find your ideal fertility weight

  • How your fitness workouts may be blocking your ability to get pregnant -- plus the exercises that can help you get pregnant faster

  • How stress affects conception

  • How to avoid major pregnancy complications

  • How to get pregnant fast -- including how sex affects conception

  • What you can do to influence the sex of the child you conceive

Want to have a boy? Can't wait to have a girl? We'll tell you how!

In addition, you'll find an exciting new kind of nutritional guide with information on the foods that can increase your fertility and encourage your reproductive health. You will also find all the latest information on the vitamins, minerals, and herbs that can not only influence your ability to get pregnant but help reduce your baby's risk of problems from the moment of conception. You'll even learn how making love on your birthday can give your fertility a secret boost, and may help you get pregnant faster!

Finally, you'll read about the new Fertility Exam 2000, the very latest form of pre-conception counseling that can help ensure your pregnancy right from the start. Included are all the tests and treatments your doctor should be administering to help ensure that any baby you conceive will be healthy right from the start. What's more, with the information provided, you will be able to uncover any potential fertility problems you may not know you have and learn how to correct them before they seriously harm your reproductive health.

Part Three: If You Don't Get Pregnant Right Away -- What to Do

In Part Three you will find the most advanced and most important new technologies developed to help you have a baby, even if you believe you are infertile. The data in Part Three not only will help you understand why you are having a problem getting pregnant, but will offer a multitude of options for solving your problem. Some of what this section offers:

How to tell if you can have a baby long before you try to conceive -- plus how to turn the pregnancy odds in your favor

Superovulation, one of the newest ways for every woman to increase her chances for conception

The surprising truth about fertility drugs, including new information about their safety, and how they can help you have a natural conception

Brand-new time- and money-saving fertility surgeries that require no hospitalization and can help you get pregnant in record time

Because we now know that male fertility is a factor for nearly half of all couples who cannot conceive, this section will also offer the very latest treatments for male fertility, including the brand-new ICSI procedure.

In addition, you'll learn about the astonishing new ways that artificial insemination is helping millions of couples get pregnant, and you'll find information on the breakthroughs that can increase the success of all laboratory-aided conceptions, including in vitro fertilization, and even let you know beforehand which of the new methods is going to be best for you.

You'll also learn about the GIFT procedure and it's newest cousin, called ZIFT, both of which can help you achieve a faster, easier, healthier conception regardless of your age or how long you have been infertile.

Later in this section you will also find the latest information on donor eggs and donor sperm, as well as the new data on embryo freezing. And in a special chapter devoted to the midlife pregnancy you will find all the information you need to help you get pregnant after age thirty-five, including special dietary precautions and the treatments that will and won't help you conceive.

Part Four: Your Personal Pregnancy Planner

In Part Four of this book you'll find a Personal Pregnancy Planner -- a six-month guide that takes you step-by-step through everything you need to do to have a healthy baby, whether you conceive on your own or with laboratory assistance.

Whether showing you ways to protect your fertility from current dangers or helping you restore it from dangers past, the programs in this book were developed to help you have a fast, easy, healthy conception. Not only can you be sure of your ability to get pregnant right now, but you can retain your reproductive options throughout your childbearing years. You have the power to achieve your parenting dreams. Good luck and go for it -- we're on your side!

Copyright © 1991, 2000 by Niels H. Lauersen, M.D., Ph.D., and Colette Bouchez

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Revised and Updated ed. edition (May 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684864045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684864044
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carolyn D. Shaw on May 6, 2000
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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.
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I unintentionally stumbled upon this book in a bookstore in 1996 while trying to conceive my first child. I was not having fertility problems but before reading this book was going on information from my OB/GYN about how to achieve pregnancy regarding timing of relations and the "window of opportunity" for conception. I figured I'd read the book for the heck of it to see if there was something useful in it that went above and beyond the information my doctor already provided me with.
I was happy to find a very easy to read format and very understandable information. I was surprised to find different information regarding timing of relations with ovulation than my own doctor had given me. Specifically I learned that if I followed my doctor's method, conception would be far less likely to take place (according to the author/doctor) than if I followed the information recommended in his book. I learned the details of the fertility cycle and specific information about using (the inexpensive) ovulation predictor kits to help narrow down the fertility "window". At the time, I thought it humorous to read of intentional gender selection. I learned that gender selection does have a scientific reason and factors under the control of the woman and man can determine the gender of the baby. I did have a thought that a certain gender as a firstborn would be nice. I decided to follow the instructions in the book exactly and see if I'd conceive a certain gender. With the use of (the least expensive) ovulation predictor kits from the drug store I was happy to achieve pregnancy on the first month of following these directions. Additionally I ended conceiving a baby of my "choice" of gender, after following the instructions for that gender.
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By A Customer on October 24, 2001
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Although I found some parts informative, I found a lot of the info more alarmist than helpful at this stage in my life (30, trying to conceive for the first time about now). It tells you way too much about all the things that can go wrong with fertility, all the things to avoid or else you won't conceive, to get a fertility test etc. Yes it also tells you how to time sex so you have more chance of conceiving fast, and what to eat. But basically, if you are thinking about/have just started to try conceiving, and are not in a particularly "at risk" category (not alcoholic, heavy smoker, HIV or other STDs, drug user, obese, anorexic/bulimic, serious chronic illness) this book will make you think it is really difficult to get pregnant and bring it to term and will stress you rather than help you. It IS normal not to get pregnant immediately, and unless you have been trying for several months unsuccessfully you should not stress (says my OB/GYN!)that you cannot have children. So this book gives way more info than what you need to know right now...
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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.
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