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

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Infobase Publishing, 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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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

Contents

The Growing Dilemma of Infertility
1
The Anatomy and Physiology of Reproduction
6
Natural Conception and IVF Two Pathways to Pregnancy
32
IVF Step 1 Preparation for Treatment
42
IVF Step 2 Induction of Ovulation
56
IVF Step 3 Egg Retrieval
80
IVF Step 4 Embryo Transfer
92
The Five Ultimatums for Successful IVF Candidates
102
Shaping Realistic Expectations About IVF
182
How To Find the Right IVF Program
198
IUI Gift and Other Alternatives to IVF
211
ThirdParty Parenting Other Options for Couples With Intractable Infertility
224
Ethical Implications of Fertility Technology
246
Putting the IVF House in Order
257
Glossary
273
Index
301

Other Conditions That Negatively Impact Fertility
129
Is IVF The Most Appropriate Option?
159

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About the author (2005)

Geoffrey Sher, M.D., established the first non-university IVF program in the U.S. in 1982. He and his clinic have been featured on Good Morning America and in The New York Times Magazine. Joel Batzofin, M.D. Is currently the medical director at The Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine, New York City. Virginia Marriage Davis, R.N., M.N., is a former medical practice consultant, family nurse practitioner, and lecturer. Jean Stoess, M.A., is a freelance development editor and writer.

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