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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 – Bargain Price, May 10, 2005
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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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The basics were fine, but I could get that from any other fertility book.
I am pretty offended that it included info on "designer babies." Maybe this is a book for those who really are not confronted with infertility and have all the money in the world and are able to choose their baby's sex and bioengineer a kid, but I certainly am not one of them.
"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!
Then I read What to do When You Cant Get Pregnant. That really explained all the tests what they mean and what the results mean. It also explained what your options are when the results of your tests show a problem. For example if this hormone is low you will likely get thisdrug or if this test shows x you will need ivf.
I found these three books to be complementary and a great resource particularly if like me you have an HMO and need to be extra aggressive about your healthcare.
I also got Infertility For Dummies. Would not recommend that book. Does not contain much info although doescontain a general overview.
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.