How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup: A Guy's Guide to the World of Infertility

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Greg Wolfe went through four cycles of IVF on his rocky journey to fatherhood-and now, with profound sympathy and side-splitting humor, he lays it all out for guys on similar baby-making quests. How to Make Love to a plastic Cup is not your typical nuts and bolts (no pun intended) medical guide but a helpful handbook designed specifically with the male partner in mind, with answers to his most pressing questions about the infertility process, ...

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Overview

Greg Wolfe went through four cycles of IVF on his rocky journey to fatherhood-and now, with profound sympathy and side-splitting humor, he lays it all out for guys on similar baby-making quests. How to Make Love to a plastic Cup is not your typical nuts and bolts (no pun intended) medical guide but a helpful handbook designed specifically with the male partner in mind, with answers to his most pressing questions about the infertility process, including:

Why are boxers better than briefs?

How can hamsters help determine what's wrong with my sperm?

My wife's already moody enough-why am I injecting her with even more hormones?

Is it necessary for me to fill the whole cup at the fertility clinic?

From understanding a woman's cycle to "porn etiquette" at the clinic, How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup has everything a man needs to know to get the job done!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Although infertility is no laughing matter for most couples, screenwriter Wolfe, writing from personal experience, turns it into a one-night standup act in which words such as "follicular" and "luteal" become punch lines to wink-and-nudge stories. With chapter titles such as "It's not over till it's ova," "sperm-a-lot," and ""what a prick!" Wolfe tries to lead men through the maze of medical terminology and procedures designed to overcome infertility. For example, he provides step-by-step instructions on how to inject your wife with fertility drugs, and he offers advice ("prepare to chafe, badly"; "you don't have to fill the whole cup"; how to deposit one's sperm in an IVF clinic). Wolfe's need to make a joke out of every little step along the way grows quickly tiresome and precious and regrettably ends up making too much light of a serious issue. (Sept.)
Toni Weschler
“Who knew? A book about the challenges of infertility that is so funny that at times it’s an actual page-turner!... A work that will undoubtedly make the journey to parenthood that much easier, if not downright funnier, for scores of couples lucky enough to have discovered [it].”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061859489
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 610,255
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

After college, Greg Wolfe spent time with the Groundlings and Acme Theatre improv groups in Los Angeles. He lives in Hollywood with his wife, Julie, a screenwriter. After several years of treatments and four cycles of IVF, they are the proud parents of a healthy baby boy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Author's Note ix

Introduction xi

1 Begin by Putting Tab "A" into Slot "B" 1

2 Basic Biology for Complete and Utter Dummies (No Offense) 7

3 You Need to know about this...Period 21

4 Let's All Play the Blame Game! 39

5 Great. Now What the Hell are we Supposed to do? 55

6 IVF: It's very Frustrating! 71

7 Sperm-A-Lot 109

8 Real Men Don't Cry (However, they do Sometimes Quietly Sob into Their Pillows) 123

9 What a Prick! 135

10 Okay, Seriously, This $#!% Ain't Working! 161

11 Re: Your Choice of Fertility Doctor 173

12 So Will you be using Cash, Credit, or your Home Equity Line? 187

13 Finally!! 199

Afterword: Aka "Post-Partum Impressions" 211

Acknowledgments 215

Glossary 217

Endnotes 231

Index 233

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