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Sedaka, maintains a refreshing sense of humor throughout the book [and] shows his sensitive side, too, such as in the chapter about how to support your wife after a failed IVF treatment. --The Washington Post

VOTED A 2011 BEST BOOK BY THE LIBRARY JOURNAL - "Sedaka's book is all about the raw basics of men dealing with infertility. His style combines enough casualness, humor, information, and medical advice to give a solid understanding of what's normal, when to worry, and what to expect." -Library Journal

About the Author

Marc Sedaka is a successful comedy writer for both film and TV. His produced credits include New Line Cinema’s Overnight Delivery starring Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd, CBS’s King of Queens, and NBC’s Inside Schwartz. In addition, his family-related articles have appeared in L.A. Parent and the Los Angeles Times. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Samantha and their three young children.

Dr. Gregory Rosen is board certified in both OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility. He is recognized for his expertise in the treatment and evaluation of infertility and recurrent pregnancy losses, IVF, microsurgical and laparoscopic surgical techniques. In addition, he has conducted research, been published and lectured throughout the nation on various aspects of IVF, endometriosis, infertility and reproductive surgery. Dr. Rosen was selected as one of the "Best Doctors in America" and LA Magazine also voted him one of L.A.'s top doctors.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080587
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My wife and I have been dealing with infertility on and off for about three years now. With my wife now on the bandwagon again, I decided to get this book and see if it could offer me the male perspective I've been lacking. I'm happy to say it did and then some! The first few chapters were mostly about when to start trying, when to see a doctor, etc., so that wasn't really for me (though if you are just confronting infertility, I highly recommend these chapters -- also the one's that break down all the testing in "guy-speak".) Where the book really shined, for me at least, was in all the advice the author gives about how to cope with your wife while she's going through all this stuff. It's clear he experienced everything first hand, and it almost felt like a friend telling me what I should and shouldn't do. I've got to say that I've been looking for a book like this for a long time. I highly recommend it.
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This book is def written in a keeping it real tone. I am a woman who brought it trying to understand why My husband acts so crazy and unsupportive with infertility issues. It just educated me that man men are just different. I am unsure it my hubby will ever read it.
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I bought this book for my husband after my second miscarriage as we began our journey with infertility. It really helped him understand what I was going though in a way he could relate to. I would highly recommend for anyone (spouse, partner, or even friend) who loves someone dealing with infertility.
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I can't imagine a clearer, more down-to-earth book. Told in an incredibly natural style, almost conversational, this book will calm the nerves (and enlighten the thinking) of any husband going through this trial. And, more importantly, help them do the right things with their spouse in relation to all of the obstacles and minefields along the way.

I don't know why another reviewer was surprised that this book is about *female* infertility. It couldn't be clearer from the title and description. I don't write many Amazon reviews, but I had to say how much I liked it and what a big help it will be in understanding what a wife would be going through. I recommend it to any guy who's wife is at a "Psycho Level 7" or above. (Buy the book and you'll know what I'm talking about.)
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I couldn't tell you anything about how this book is because half of it was missing! It started on page 27. How did you miss this in quality control? Just put in for a replacement because I really think it can be useful for my husband, so lets see how that one turns out, then maybe I'll give a better review.
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My wife and I have been going through infertility treatments for over 1.5 years now and it's been a very difficult journey for both of us. My wife has found support groups and ways to deal with everything whereas I've felt much more alone during the process. There really isn't a ton out there to help men during this process and I've certainly fumbled my way through this so far, not knowing where to turn for advice or support.

I really wish I had read this book at the very start of the process. I'm not sure where any negative comments or reviews are coming from. At the core this book has helped me better understand the process and everything my wife has been going through and how to be a better, more supportive husband during the process. I personally appreciate the humor and levity where possible as the process can be so depressing and bleak at times. It's reassuring to hear from someone who went through this all himself to a degree that most couples can't even imagine and came out in the end successfully.

I highly recommend this book for any man going through infertility treatments with their partners.
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This book was very helpful. If you're looking for a practical, realistic book from someone who has gone through the infertility nightmare then this is absolutely worth your attention. It was a quick and easy read, and the author's humor is peppered into the book to keep the mood light. It helps to keep an otherwise painful and serious topic light and easy to approach. I can't speak for everyone, but I don't tend to pick up scientific journals for pleasure reading at the end of a rough day. This book was written in a way that made me want to continue to read it, which made my wife happy because it made it clear that I was taking a vested interest in our situation. If you tend to be someone who needs a more sensitivity (which is totally fine), then this is probably not the book for you. If you tend to see the humor in things, and try to make light of difficult situations then it's absolutely worth the relatively quick read.
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Obviously a book is good for some and not good for others. I appreciate the views some reviews expressed about the book not being right from them but I do not agree with them. I think if at the very least you accept the book as one man's experience and draw from it what you want then you will come out a much more supportive and stronger partner in this process. If, like me, you are a well intentioned but occasionally less aware partner, this book can be immensely helpful. My wife and struggled with fertility for about two years and experienced one miscarriage. We then began the process of IUI and IVF which I was completely oblivious to. The book helped me understand what was coming and ways I could be helpful during the meetings with the doctor. More importantly though the book helped me process what I was experiencing as a man and begin to understand what my wife was going. One thing he says, which you may not agree with, so be it, is "You may want a child, but your wife needs a child." This perspective helped me understand a bit more about why my wife was willing to put her body through so much to try to have a child. I wanted to throw in the towel and be the really cool Aunt and Uncle that travel all over the world but having a kid was an innate need she needed to try to fill. I also really appreciate his recurring line about your resolve being strong enough. All of this is to say that I 100% recommend reading this book.
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