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Infertility Survival Handbook

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Only Book You Need!

I didn't find this book until I had already gone through multiple cycles, and a tubal pregnancy, and was ready to give up. Thank heaven for the author--her candid re-telling of her own struggle with infertility helped me with my own. The author has been through just a...
I didn't find this book until I had already gone through multiple cycles, and a tubal pregnancy, and was ready to give up. Thank heaven for the author--her candid re-telling of her own struggle with infertility helped me with my own. The author has been through just about every procedure that is available, and so she speaks from experience. She also made me see that my own struggle is not so uncommon. I don't know how people can say this book is a disappointment. It gives reliable information, as well as advice, and has a fabulous resource section in the back for those people looking for even more information. I continually went back to this book to brush up on what to expect with a procedure, etc. and have loaned my copy to friends who are starting the infertility maze. They all have found it worthwhile as well.

posted by Anonymous on September 9, 2006

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE HOPEFUL!!!

This book, while very informative, completely took the wind out of my sails. DO NOT READ this if you are a 1st timer to IVF. Or if you have endometriosis. You will be down in the dumps for days.

posted by Anonymous on July 31, 2006

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  • Posted June 16, 2010

    Very one sided

    While the author tries to present all options for fertility treatments, her experience clouds the entire book. While she is self addmitedly a brash lawyer type, her personality shines through, and not in a good way. Yes, IVF is difficult and some days will leave you feeling like hell, but from her perspective its life shatteringly awful. Reading this before the procedure is sure to make you run for the hills. While I think a straightforward approach is what women want in this type of book, this one is straightforward for the sake of slapping you across the face, which, if you are infertile, you've probably felt a million times before. There's a way to be straightforward and still encouraging, while allowing that, yes, some procedures are uncomfortable and you may not feel teriffic. I also took offense to her treatment of men. While her husband seemed to be supportive she talks about "getting it through their thick skulls" that this is difficult and even advises that you tell your spouse to "buy you presents" to feel better. I'd like to think there are a lot of men who are more enlightened and more supportive than she supposes. I'm also thinking that while that may have been nice for her, if my husband came home with the Hope Diamond it still wouldn't make me feel better after a failed pregnancy attempt. There's some helpful information in here, but I couldn't get past the tone.

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