Couple's Guide to Fertility: With the Newest Scientific Techniques to Help You Have a Baby

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Ours is the era of miraculous medical advances, yet as many as one in six American couples of childbearing age remain infertile. Behind this surprising statistic lie the confusion and frustration of millions of couples who seem unable to have a baby and are unsure what to do about it.

With patience, fortitude, and proper care, however, most of these people can eventually become parents. The Couple's Guide to Fertility shows them how to address and, possibly, overcome their ...

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Overview

Ours is the era of miraculous medical advances, yet as many as one in six American couples of childbearing age remain infertile. Behind this surprising statistic lie the confusion and frustration of millions of couples who seem unable to have a baby and are unsure what to do about it.

With patience, fortitude, and proper care, however, most of these people can eventually become parents. The Couple's Guide to Fertility shows them how to address and, possibly, overcome their current condition. Dr. Gary S. Berger and Dr. Marc Goldstein -- specialists in male and female treatment -- thoroughly examine the causes of infertility, the tests you may undergo, and the state-of-the-art treatments that can help you have a baby. Joining these highly regarded experts is Mark Fuerst, a medical writer who himself has faced infertility, and who gathers stories of patients, told in their own words, to shed light on the emotional effects of this silent epidemic. Together, the authors report on all the available therapies, as well as alternatives to further treatment -- including adoption and surrogate parenting. They also supply a directory of fertility specialists in the United States and in vitro fertilization clinics in Canada, and suggest questions you may want to ask your doctor so you can participate fully in your own care.

Today more than ever, there is hope for infertile couples. Compassionate and practical, The Couple's Guide to Fertility tells you how to recognize the problem, sort through the options, and get the medical assistance that can help you have a baby.

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Publishers Weekly
Over the last 25 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of couples seeking treatment for infertility; as many as one in six couples of childbearing age has difficulty conceiving. The third edition of The Couple's Guide to Fertility: Entirely Revised and Updated with the Newest Scientific Techniques to Help You Have a Baby offers a helpful survey of a couple's options, including hormone therapies, surgery, in vitro fertilization, sperm injection, egg and sperm donors, adoption, surrogate motherhood and alternative therapies. The book was collaborated on by journalist Mark Fuerst, Chapel Hill Fertility Center director Gary S. Berger, M.D. (an expert on female microsurgery), and urologist Marc Goldstein, director of the Center for Male Reproduction and Microsurgery. Given the diverse causes and sufferers of infertility, and the authors' sensitivity to both men and women's conception woes, this book should have no trouble finding its audience. (Sept. 18) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This book emphasizes the need for careful testing and identification of the causes of infertility before treatment is considered. Basic reproductive techniques, fertility tests, and treatments are clearly described and evaluated. The authors' description of drug side-effects and success probabilities of surgery is particularly useful for couples in the later stages of fertility management. Also presented are ethical and emotional perspectives necessary in such decision making. A directory of key specialists and resource centers in the United States and Canada is featured. Clearly written, well organized, and comprehensive, this book is highly recommended for public libraries and patient information centers.-- Mary Hemmings, Univ. of Calgary Lib., Alberta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767905480
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • Publication date: 9/18/2001
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition xiii
Preface to Revised Edition xvii
Preface to Third Edition xix
Part 1 What's Going on 1
1. The Orchestration of Conception 3
2. The Medical Facts: What Stands in Our Way of Making a Family 16
3. The Social Facts: Why Is This Generation Different from All Other Generations? 33
Part 2 What You Can Do 53
4. Getting Started with a Fertility Specialist 55
5. The Fertility Evaluation: Initial Tests 81
6. The Evaluation Continues: Additional Tests 106
7. Hormone Treatments 123
8. Other Medical and Surgical Treatments 155
9. More Advanced Treatments 190
10. IVF and its "Cousins" 207
Part 3 Alternatives 237
11. Donating Sperm, Eggs, Embryos 239
12. Coping with Infertility, and Alternatives to Further Treatment 259
Part 4 Pregnancy Success 287
13. Pregnancy After Fertility Treatments 289
14. Secondary Infertility 306
Part 5 Twenty-First-Century Fertility 315
15. Alternative Therapies 317
16. The Brave New World of Fertility 331
Directory of U.S. and Canadian Fertility Specialists 349
Canadian in Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Centers 426
Resources 429
Internet Resources 432
Glossary 437
Index 445
About the Authors 469
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    Invaluable Resource for the infertile couple

    I highly recommend this book. You will read it over and over again as you go through your own infertility journey. It will answer so many of your questions regarding procedures, choices, risks of treatment, outcomes, etc. I can't imagine going through infertility without this critical resource.

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