Infertility For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 12, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 362 pages
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Are you having problems becoming pregnant? You’re not alone; over 7.2 million Americans are facing the same challenges of infertility. Though some non-experts say that it’s all a matter of relaxation or taking medication, you need clear, straightforward, and trustworthy answers from healthcare professionals without feeling insulted, humiliated, or scared.

Written with compassion as well as professional knowledge, Infertility for Dummies combines comfort and expertise to walk you through your journey to becoming pregnant. This plain-English guide explains how infertility affects both men and women, while covering the latest treatments. It covers all key areas, including:

  • Determining if you are infertile
  • Maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner
  • Making healthy pre-conception lifestyle changes
  • Understanding the male and female anatomy
  • Techniques for timing your conception
  • Different ways to diagnose infertility
  • Dealing with early pregnancy loss
  • Finding the right doctor
  • Different types of alternative insemination
  • New advances and concerns in infertility
  • Improving your chances of conceiving

Infertility for Dummies includes strategies for dealing with family and friends — what to expect from them, how to deal with inappropriate comments, and understanding that they are just trying to help. This book also provides the names and profiles of fertility medications and where you can find them.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Road Less Traveled So Far 285
4
Why Youre Not Pregnant
7
Understanding Your Anatomy
21
Practicing Positive Behaviors Before Conception
41
Struggling with Secondary Infertility
55
Stepping Up Your Efforts
65
Considering Special Circumstances
89
When the Beginning Is the End Early Pregnancy Loss
183
Moving Up to HighTech Conception
195
Moving Up to HighTech Conception 195 Chapter 13 A Little Help from Dr Specialist Intrauterine
197
Welcome to the Big Time In Vitro Fertilization
213
Let the IVF Cycle Begin
233
The Care and Feeding of an Embryo
251
Waiting Waiting Surviving
269
The Road Less Traveled So Far
285

Seeing a Doctor and Keeping Your Cool
103
Taking Supplemental Steps on the Road to Baby
117
Are We Having Fun Yet? Trying
139
Asking for Directions
147
Asking for Directions Finding the Problem 147 Chapter 10 Finding the Problem Testing 1 2 3
149
All About the Boys
169
Challenges of ThirdParty Reproduction
287
Moving On
307
Hello Dolly New Advances
315
The TenPlus Most Annoying Things
333
Index
345
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About the author (2007)

Sharon Perkins has spent the last twenty years working as an RN, raising five children and spoiling two grandchildren. Following her Air Force pilot husband from state to state, she’s lived from Arizona to South Carolina, and still enjoys traveling from Arizona to Texas to Michigan to Virginia to visit kids, grandkids, and mom.
Sharon’s ambition to be a writer dates back to grade school, if not earlier, and her desire to be a nurse (okay, she originally thought it would be nice to be a doctor but changed her mind) goes back at least that far. Amazingly enough, she found a way to combine nursing and writing in a way she would never have dreamed possible, thanks to a patient (Jackie) with the persistence and drive to make it happen.

Jackie Meyers-Thompson is managing partner of Coppock-Meyers Public Relations/JD Thompson Communications Inc. and a “professional” fertility patient (seeking “early retirement” however!) It’s been said that we make plans . . . and the gods laugh. Jackie has heard that laughter often. It took her longer than she expected, and yielded more than a few laughs, and tears, before she met her husband-to-be, Darren Thompson. But by 35, she was newly married and deliriously happy and felt that the rest of the story would soon fall into place . . . Jackie can be a slow learner.
Nonetheless, she can also be an industrious worker. She loved writing and, as a result, carved her path in marketing and public relations. She had a loving husband and a successful business, so the only things left to add were a few cherubic children and her own Great American Novel. Three years and a slew of physicians later, Jackie had more than a few doubts whether her future would ever include children. But her persistence and focus paid off. Infertility For Dummies is, in part, Jackie’s story of the journey that landed her a book and her beautiful baby daughter Ava Rose, who at 31/2, doesn’t want to be called a baby anymore. When not writing, working, or watching her daughter grow, Jackie spends her time making plans. Some things never change.

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