Conceptions and Misconceptions: The Informed Consumer's Guide Through the Maze of In Vitro Fertilization and Other Assisted Reproduction Techniques

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Conceptions and Misconceptions is a guided tour through the complex world of infertility treatments and clinics. Respected fertility specialists provide valuable knowledge to consumers about the proper diagnosis and treatment of infertility problems. They explore basic fertility enhancement methods, alternative treatments, and guide the reader through assisted reproduction techniques (ART). The book helps demystify the "alphabet soup" of ART procedures, such as IVF, GIFT, and ...
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Overview


Conceptions and Misconceptions is a guided tour through the complex world of infertility treatments and clinics. Respected fertility specialists provide valuable knowledge to consumers about the proper diagnosis and treatment of infertility problems. They explore basic fertility enhancement methods, alternative treatments, and guide the reader through assisted reproduction techniques (ART). The book helps demystify the "alphabet soup" of ART procedures, such as IVF, GIFT, and blastocyst transfer.

Readers will learn how to protect themselves from misinformation, false claims, and unethical practices in the "infertility industrial complex." They can also accompany a patient on her 30-day journey through a cycle of in vitro fertilization, discovering not only the physical but also the emotional impact of infertility treatment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881792034
  • Publisher: Hartley and Marks Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
About the authors
Why we are writing this book
How to use this book
The bottom line
1. Conceptions 10
"It's a miracle every time"
Assisted reproduction
Little Miracles
Over a quarter-century and a million babies later
2. Misconceptions 15
The top 10 misconceptions
3. The Female Partner 37
Eat your vegetables!
Anatomy
Physiology
The birds and the bees
Monitoring yourself
Preparing for pregnancy
Maximizing your chances
Infertility
4. The Male Partner 51
Oh, no! Not more anatomy!
Anatomy
Physiology
What makes a good sperm
Maximizing your chances
Infertility
5. When it Doesn't Work 57
Social factors that increase infertility
You are not alone!
Why is there so much infertility?
What causes infertility?
A typical patient
Finding the problem
6. First, We Have to Do Some Tests 81
Before the tests
Preparing for the first visit
Topics and questions
The physical examination
The tests
"We found a problem"
"All of your tests are normal"
On to treatment
7. Honey, it Worked! 103
Basic math
How successful is treatment?
Specific treatment
8. Alphabet Soup 134
A good dose of reality
Techniques
IVF, GIFT, or ZIFT: Which to choose?
Costs
9. Dr. Perfect, I Presume? 169
Sources of referral
Investigation of resources
Ten questions
Additional questions
10. A Lifetime of Hope in about Thirty Days 182
The patient's perspective
Thirty days hath September, April, June and IVF...
... GIFT and ZIFT
Success and failure
11. And Baby Makes Three...or Four 203
"Congratulations, your pregnancy test is positive"
Is there a greater chance of miscarriage?
Are IVF pregnancies high risk?
Multiple pregnancy
Will my baby be normal?
Finding an obstetrician
A word of advice
Good luck!
12. Third-Party Reproduction 219
When the best science has to offer is not enough
Semen donation
Egg donation
Embryo donation
Surrogate parenting and adoption
Surrogate IVF
Beyond donors
13. The Future Looks Bright 240
The future and assisted reproduction
Consumer and ethical issues
Going out on a limb
14. Alternative Treatments in Infertility 253
The twain meet
Lifestyle issues
Acupuncture
Herbs, vitamins, and diet
The mind-body connection
Have the twain met?
Appendix 1. The SART/CDC Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rate Report 272
Some words of caution
Interpreting the survey results
2001 pregnancy success rates
Appendix 2. The Canadian Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rate Report 279
Appendix 3. Resources 281
Sources of information
Support groups
Centers reporting to the 2001 SART/CDC report
Fertility clinics in Canada
Appendix 4. Twenty Questions for Information at a Glance 324
Glossary 334
Index 345
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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    This book was... okay

    In seaching for information helpful to infertility I found

    Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book
    by Richard P. Marrs, Lisa F. Bloch, Kathy K. Silverman

    MUCH more helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2004

    Must Have Book For Assisted Reproduction

    Conceptions & Misconception is truly the ¿must have¿ book for any couple faced with assisted reproduction. Whether you are just starting out and wondering if you should see your doctor about your difficulties conceiving or whether you have been at it for a while and have seen your fair share of doctors with little to show for your efforts, this book will offer you insight, information, perspective and most importantly, hope. Drs. Wisot and Meldrum explain every aspect of the conception process both as it should be in nature as well as the way it often is with assistance from medicine. They provide detailed yet simple explanations of the various medications, procedures and protocols that one may encounter during their treatment. Most importantly, they provide patients with the knowledge necessary for them to be informed consumers, able to sit down with their doctors and ask the intelligent, relevant and critical questions in order to arrive at the best course of action to meet their situations, needs and expectations. This book will provide you with the information to genuinely be partner in your treatment. If you are not fortunate enough to live in the California area and be treated by these fine doctors, this is the next best thing!

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