The Infertility Handbook: A guide to making babies

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Allen & Unwin, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 322 pages
This is an excellent book which contains extensive information about fertility, infertility and its causes, the wide variety of treatments, and possible outcomes. It includes the effect of infertility and the treatments on the male and female involved, including the social, emotional and physical effects.

Professor Carl Wood, MBBS, FRCS, FRANZCOG.

Most people don't expect problems having a baby, and we certainly don't expect to need anyone else's help! Sometimes, though, creating a family turns out to be a bit more complicated than we thought. This book is for anyone who is having difficulty getting or staying pregnant.

The Infertility Handbook guides you through the whole experience of dealing with infertility from taking the first step of talking to your GP, to what to expect when you see an infertility specialist and what happens if you head down the treatment path. In clear, straight-forward language with detailed illustrations and photographs, The Infertility Handbook guides you through the complex world of assisted reproduction and in vitro fertilisation. It also deals with the personal and emotional side of things and includes the stories of men and women who, just like you, have faced the challenges of infertility.

Written by someone with extensive personal experience of infertility treatment, and under the careful eye of a top practising infertility specialist, The Infertility Handbook is an invaluable, accurate and up-to-date resource. This book will not bring you the baby you so long for, but it will certainly help you manage the treatment that may well do so.
 

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Contents

Its just not working
5
Preparing to make a baby
34
Causes of infertility
60
Assisting conception
95
The loss of a pregnancy
139
Trying again
152
Single women and lesbian couples
184
How do you feel?
233
Moving forward
272
Final thoughts
285
Glossary
296
Further reading
308
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Page xii - Acknowledgements This book could not have been written without the support of a number of people.
Page 7 - Your basal body temperature (your temperature first thing in the morning before you get out of bed...
Page 311 - Your Essential Infertility Companion: A user's guide to tests, technology and therapies, Thorsons, London, 2001.
Page 171 - Most couples want to match the physical characteristics of the donor with those of the husband or partner, but this will depend on the number and type of donors available at any given time.
Page 39 - ... more than two cups of coffee or four cups of tea a day.
Page 24 - Further investigations may include: • testing the levels of other significant hormones: follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinising hormone (LH), thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH...
Page 197 - Your donor will have his own questions and concerns, and may want to check you out just as much as you want to check him out.
Page 301 - Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG): a hormone secreted by the placenta during pregnancy...

About the author (2003)

After four years and ten cycles, Jacqueline Tomlins has learned a lot about IVF - not just the nitty-gritty of hormones and sperm, but the way to take control of it rather than letting it take control of you. Tomlins has worked as a teacher, researcher, trainer and advocate and is now a full-time writer. Her travel book A Girl s Own Adventure has recently been published and she has also written various articles on IVF for The Age and other publications.

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