The Unofficial Guide to Getting Pregnant

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The inside scoop... for when you want more than the official line!

Once you decide to start a family, you may think pregnancy will occur quickly. However, it takes the average healthy young couple six months to a year to conceive. This guide helps you get in the best possible shape for conceiving, discussing conception and misconceptions in depth.

If pregnancy doesn't happen "automatically," you're not alone; one in six couples have fertility problems. The Unofficial Guide to Getting Pregnant provides clear, unbiased guidance on the many confusing medical, emotional, and financial issues related to getting pregnant. This book objectively reviews state-of-the-art infertility treatments and procedures, including fertility drugs, corrective surgery, IVF, and the other assisted reproductive technologies. It also covers third-party procedures, such as sperm and egg donation and surrogacy.

Vital Information few resources reveal--information that can help you zero in on the most effective, economical approach for you.

Insider Secrets about choosing a specialist, potential legal issues with third-party procedures, and alternative treatments that might work.

Money-Saving Information to help you compare the cost of different treatments, decipher state laws on insurance coverage, and more.

Time-Saving Tips to avoid delays in diagnosing and treating problems while your biological clock is ticking.

The Scoop on the newest fertility drugs, microsurgical techniques, and assisted reproductive technologies.
 

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Contents

A Healthy Start The preconception checkup
3
Healthy choices
14
Age and fertility
26
Age and problem pregnancies
29
Preserving your fertility
30
Pursuing pregnancy after cancer treatment
33
Just the facts
34
Conception and Misconceptions Reproduction 101
35
Considering the ARTs
203
Emotional considerations
204
Medical considerations
205
Choosing an ART program
209
Making sense of ART success
213
Factors influencing success
220
Other important decisions to make
224
Just the facts
226

The journey toward conception
48
When everything goes right
52
Misconceptions
53
Just the facts
56
Pursuing Pregnancy
57
Try Try Again
59
Realistic expectations
60
a womans key to conception
63
the key to male fertility
68
When everything seems to be going wrong
70
Just the facts
72
What Conceivably Can Go Wrong?
73
Whose problem is it anyway?
74
Whats the problem?
75
Structural abnormalities in women
79
Structural abnormalities in men
84
Unexplained infertility
87
Just the facts
90
Doctors and Diagnoses
91
Choosing the Right Doctor Putting off the consultation
93
Looking for Dr Right
95
Making the most of your consultation
104
Taking charge of your fertility treatment
105
The doctorpatient relationship
106
Switching doctors
107
Just the facts
108
Getting to the Root of the Problem The infertility workup
109
Narrowing the possibilities
114
Specialized tests for women
121
Specialized tests for men
126
Genetic testing
128
Diagnostic decisions
129
Just the facts
130
Traditional Treatments
131
Fertility Drugs and Other Nonsurgical Treatments Indications for fertility drugs
133
Back to basics
135
Ovulatory disorders and fertility drugs
136
A guide to fertility drugs
142
Fertility drugs for men
151
Artificial insemination
154
Just the facts
156
Surgical Solutions Surgical innovations
157
Surgical solutions for women
159
Surgical solutions for men
165
To have or not to have surgery
171
Just the facts
174
The Assisted Reproductive Technologies
175
The Current and Future State of the ARTs
177
Who do the ARTs help?
178
Whats involved?
180
The ARTs from A to Z
182
Promising new techniques
189
Cryopreservation today and tomorrow
191
Embryonic stem cell research
194
Cloning
198
Just the facts
202
Alternative Solutions
227
Is ThirdParty Reproduction Right for You?
229
Thirdparty reproduction options
230
Considering thirdparty reproduction
231
To tell or not to tell
244
The adoption option
245
Just the facts
250
Pursuing ThirdParty Reproduction Sperm donation
251
Egg donation
254
Embryo donation and spermegg donation
256
Traditional surrogacy
258
Gestational carriers
260
Finding a program or agency
266
Screening and other guidelines
269
Important questions to ask
271
Just the facts
274
Complementary and Alternative Solutions Complementary and alternative medicine CAM
275
CAM and infertility
278
Should you go the alternative route?
287
Just the facts
289
The Social Emotional and Financial Sides
291
The Infertile Couple And doctor makes three
293
Sex on schedule
295
whose fault is it anyway?
298
How men and women cope with infertility
301
Talking it overand over
305
Fertility rights
308
Longterm effects
309
Just the facts
310
Living and Working in the Fertile World Coming out
311
The fertile earth
316
Job interference
321
Working through your problems
325
Just the facts
327
Surviving and Resolving Infertility A multitude of losses
329
Regaining control
331
Mourning your losses
333
Survival strategies
334
Deciding that enough is enough
344
Childless by chanceor choice
346
Just the facts
351
Money Matters The costs of treatment
353
The insurance debate
360
Whats covered whats not
364
Costcutting strategies
368
State mandates
372
A few final thoughts
373
Just the facts
374
Glossary
375
Recommended Reading List
393
Resource Guide
397
Sample Genetic Testing Flow Sheet
405
StatebyState Infertility Insurance Coverage
409
Index
419
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Joan Liebmann-Smith, Ph.D., is a medical sociologist and an award-winning medical writer. Her articles have appeared in such publications as American Health, Ms., Newsweek, Redbook, Self, and Vogue. She is the author of In Pursuit of Pregnancy and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Overcoming Infertility. She has also written a book on women and substance abuse to be published in 2006. Dr. Liebmann-Smith is a consultant at the Strang Cancer Prevention Center and is on the board of the National Council on Women’s Health. She was a member of the board of directors of RESOLVE, INC. and co-president of RESOLVE, NYC.

Jacqueline Nardi Egan is a medical journalist and editor. She specializes in writing educational programs for physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and consumers. She has been the editor of several specialty medical publications and a contributor to national consumer magazines. She is co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Overcoming Infertility.

John J. Stangel, M.D., a board certified specialist in Reproductive Medicine, is the Westchester County Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, and has a private practice in Rye, New York. Dr. Stangel has also been the Medical Director of the Westchester Affiliate of the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas Medical Center; the Clinical Director of Reproductive Medicine at Montefiore Medical

Center; and the Medical Director of IVF America.
Dr. Stangel is a charter member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists (SART) and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons. He is the editor and contributing author of the textbook Infertility Surgery, has published numerous scientific papers and articles, and has contributed to many textbooks. Dr. Stangel is the author of Fertility and Conception and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Overcoming Infertility.

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