In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies

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Infobase Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 312 pages
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Approximately four million couples in the U.S. face infertility. For about 25 percent of them, in vitro fertilization is the best option for conception, yet many couples remain uninformed about the procedure. As of 2004, about 250,000 children were successfully born through in vitro fertilization, and this number is rising steadily.

Written by one of the top specialists in the country, In Vitro Fertilization, Third Edition presents a clearly written, complete guide to alternative means of conception. This revised book discusses everything one needs to know about IVF, including how to find and choose the best in vitro programs, what to expect as you go through the process, and what your chances are of achieving a successful pregnancy. Designed to prepare couples for the complex and emotional process of IVF, this resource provides readers with accurate and reliable information. Written in non-technical terminology, this book is the perfect reference for anyone facing this controversial and confusing procedure.

Key revisions include:

  • A new chapter discussing conditions that negatively affect fertility, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, Asherman's syndrome, and polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Expanded coverage of third-party parenting options
  • Expanded discussion of the ethical implications of fertility technology, including cloning and embryo/blastocyst freezing
  • More detailed discussion of ovulation, with new material on Letrozole Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE) and Testicular Sperm Aspiration (TESA).

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In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies

User Review  - Janet Crum - Book Verdict

In vitro fertilization (IVF), often the last, best hope for infertile couples, is complicated and costly, so those considering it need detailed, accurate information to guide their decisions. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mo - Goodreads

This is written by my current RE so I have to give it 5 stars :) Read full review


The Growing Dilemma of Infertility
The Anatomy and Physiology of Reproduction
Natural Conception and IVF Two Pathways to Pregnancy
IVF Step 1 Preparation for Treatment
IVF Step 2 Induction of Ovulation
IVF Step 3 Egg Retrieval
IVF Step 4 Embryo Transfer
The Five Ultimatums for Successful IVF Candidates
Shaping Realistic Expectations About IVF
How To Find the Right IVF Program
IUI Gift and Other Alternatives to IVF
ThirdParty Parenting Other Options for Couples With Intractable Infertility
Ethical Implications of Fertility Technology
Putting the IVF House in Order

Other Conditions That Negatively Impact Fertility
Is IVF The Most Appropriate Option?

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About the author (2005)

Geoffrey Sher, MD, is the founder and executive medical director of the Sher Institutes for Reproductive Medicine (SIRM), as well as the director of SIRM-Las Vegas. Dr. Sher is an internationally renowned expert in the field of IVF and assisted reproductive technology (ART). He has been influential in the births of more than 15,000 IVF babies. Over the last thirty years, he has helped fashion the entire field of ART, establishing the first private IVF program in the United States in 1982. He currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jean Stoess, MA, is a freelance developmental editor, writer, and a member of the State of Nevada Board of Examiners. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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