Enhancing Fertility Naturally: Holistic Therapies for a Successful Pregnancy

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• A guide to safe and inexpensive natural alternatives to often hazardous and extremely expensive conventional medical treatments for infertility.

• Provides guidelines for using alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques.

• Explores acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism.

• Includes the personal stories of couples who have successfully conceived using these methods.

Enhancing Fertility Naturally outlines ways in which you can improve your ...

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Overview

• A guide to safe and inexpensive natural alternatives to often hazardous and extremely expensive conventional medical treatments for infertility.

• Provides guidelines for using alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques.

• Explores acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism.

• Includes the personal stories of couples who have successfully conceived using these methods.

Enhancing Fertility Naturally outlines ways in which you can improve your fertility through alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques and avoid some of the hazards associated with conventional treatments. It discusses the most common causes of infertility and explains how to determine which therapy is most appropriate for you. In vitro fertilization, conventional medicine's most prescribed remedy for infertility problems, is expensive, dangerous, and has a success rate of only 14 percent, yet few of the one in six couples that experience infertility are aware of the effectiveness and safety provided by the wide range of alternative treatments.

Thoroughly researched and packed full of invaluable advice and tips, the book explores such therapies as acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism. The author includes case histories for each of the therapies discussed, showing how the therapies helped couples overcome both primary and secondary infertility in order to have the baby they longed for.

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Editorial Reviews

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Wesson (Natural Mothering, 1997) uses anonymous personal narratives to illustrate alternative medical treatment for infertility. The narratives are striking, but the evidence supporting them is uneven at best. To her credit, Wesson admits this; discussing the adverse effects of biomedical treatment, she states: "The lack of research [in alternative treatment] means there may be drawbacks too." More troubling is Wesson's failure to support her tone of authority. Medical citations are scattered throughout the text, but numerous extremely strong statements (e.g., that there is a "higher incidence of spina bifida" in IVF babies) are left completely unreferenced, perhaps with good reason; the source for this particular quote turns out not to be a clinical study but a 1987 letter to the editor of Lancet! Readers are better served by Judith Steinberg Turiel's Beyond Second Opinions: Rethinking Questions About Fertility (LJ 6/15/98), which will assist them in navigating the medical literature for themselves. Not recommended.--Catherine Arnott Smith, Predoctoral Research Fellow, Ctr. for Biomedical Informatics, Univ. of Pittsburgh Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892818327
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicky Wesson is a member of the Association for the Improvement in Maternity Services, a National Childbirth Trust teacher, and the author of Natural Mothering. She lives in England.

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Table of Contents


Enhancing Fertility Naturally
Holistic Therapies for a Successful Pregnancy
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Background of Infertility
Causes of male infertility
Causes of Female infertility
Unexplained infertility
2. The Emotional Effects
3. Medical and Surgical Fertility Treatments
Drugs
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT)
Superovulation with Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
4. Coping Strategies
5. Improving Your Chances of Natural Conception
Diet
Guidelines for healthy eating
Vitamins and Minerals
Weight
Drugs
Smoking
Chemicals (estrogens and toxins)
Everyday considerations
Ovulation detection
6. Alternative Therapies
Why try alternatives?
Choosing a therapy and finding a therapist
Acupuncture
Aromatherapy
Cranial osteopathy
Healing
Herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine
Homeopathy
Reflexology
Relaxation
7. Becoming Pregnant
References
Further Reading
Useful Addresses
Glossary
Index

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